Litigation Topics: Damages

Collateral Source Rule in Personal Injury Cases Clarified by California Supreme Court

Court Rules that Key is Actual Amount Paid, as Opposed to Amount Billed

One of the most important issues in any case is the amount of damages an injured party can recover. In the personal injury context, this issue is central. Over the years, a controversy has raged over how to measure the recoverable amount in a personal injury lawsuit.  Should the inured person’s recovery for medical expenses by measured by the amount billed by a caregiver, or the amount actually paid for treatment?

Real Estate Disputes & Damages: Court Analyzes Difference Between Suing for Breach of Contract Versus Making a Claim for Rescission

When a real estate deal fails and litigation ensues, the parties face an important choice: whether to sue for breach of contract or pursue a claim for rescission. The difference between the two types of claims is crucial, both as to the type of proof that must be presented to the court as well as the measure of damages that will be applied. In a breach of contract case, the claimant is affirming the contract and asking the court to award the benefit of the bargain. In essence, the claimant is asking the court to award him everything he would have received had the deal gone through.