Missouri Supreme Court issues an opinion that will have a significant impact on personal injury suits in Missouri

Missouri Supreme Court.jpgOn Tuesday, the Missouri Supreme Court issued its opinion in a case that will effect most personal injury lawsuits in Missouri. In Deck v. Teasley, SC90628, the Court interpreted a statute enacted by the Missouri legislature in 2005 dealing with what evidence juries could see in personal injury cases pertaining to the plaintiff’s medical bills. The Court held that the plaintiff in Deck could introduce the original and complete medical bills incurred, despite a presumption in the statute that the value of the treatment is the amount necessary to satisfy the obligation, which often times is reduced through insurance adjustments and write-offs.