Collateral Source Rule
The collateral source rule is an important part of personal injury and car wreck cases in Georgia and across the country. Essentially, this rule of law makes it possible for someone who suffers injury or property loss to collect damages on top of any funds gathered from so-called collateral sources.
Under Georgia law, collateral sources include:
- Workers compensation
- Social Security
- Free services performed to assist the injured party
The Collateral Source Rule in Action
Say for example that $2,000 worth of damage is done to your car in a wreck that is someone else’s fault. Your friend who is a mechanic repairs your vehicle for free. You can still collect damages from the at-fault driver, even though your car has been repaired at no cost to you.
What’s more, the fact that your car was already repaired for free cannot even be brought to the attention of the jury under the collateral source rule.