Massachusetts Lawyer Alert: A SJC Ruling on Admissibility of Medical Expenses

An important Supreme Judicial Court decision this week affirmed the statutory right for admitting medical bills in Massachusetts courts, but opened the door for rebuttal.

In Law v. Griffith, SJC-10463 (July 20, 2010), Massachusetts’ highest court ruled on a Middlesex Superior Court case involving G.L. c. 233, Sec. 79G. The Supreme Judicial Court affirmed an earlier opinion of the Appeals Court, reversed a Superior Court judge and ordered a new trial in a case where the judge improperly restricted evidence of medical expenses.

The high court’s decision provides a window for attorneys to ask judges to tender jury instructions on medical liens.

Read the case and analysis from Breakstone, White & Gluck here.

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