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New Bill Seeks To Address How Injury Victims Are Compensated

A new bill making it through the Senate bill seeks to ensure that people injured due to the fault of third parties obtain the compensation they are entitled to. Senate Bill 1528, introduced in February and now in discussions before the Judiciary Committee provides that it is the intent of the legislature to establish a framework for determining the amount injured parties should recover, including potentially allowing injured parties to recover the entire cost of his or her medical bills, rather than what was negotiated as a final payment by an insurance company.

The bill is aimed at clarifying the recovery process for tort victims. Opponents claim that the bill "unfairly" seeks to modify last year's decision in Howell v. Hamilton Meats that limits an injured person's recovery to only that amount actually paid by an insurance company, not the "full amount" of a medical bill. In Howell, a woman was in a car accident with a driver from Hamilton Meats & Provisions.

Supporters counter that the Howell decision "created even more confusion" and "left more open questions than answered questions." The senate bill is intended to provide clarity for all stakeholders involved.

Hopefully, this bill will get the support it needs to end the confusion and controversy concerning the recovery of compensation for medical expenses as well as other damages incurred in personal injury lawsuits in the wake of Howell.

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