• Discovery Allowed to Attack Inflated Medical Billings
  • August 1, 2014 | Author: Matthew J. Trostler
  • Law Firm: Borton Petrini, LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • In 2011, the case of Howell v Hamilton Meats and Provisions held that a plaintiff may recover as economic damages no more than the reasonable value of the medical services rendered and in any event is not entitled to recover the reasonable value if his or her actual loss was less. Corenbaum v Lampkin (2013) further refined the Howell decision, holding that damages for past medical expenses are limited to the lesser of (1) the amount paid or incurred for past medical expenses and (2) the reasonable value of those services. Accordingly, the amount a health care provider bills a plaintiff for its medical services is not necessarily relevant to the amount of plaintiff's economic damages for past medical services. Typically, a medical care provider's billed price for a particular service is not necessarily representative of either the cost of providing those services or their market value.