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Hueper v. Goodrich

Minnesota Supreme Court
314 N.W.2d 828 (1982)


Facts

Bruce Hueper (plaintiff), the minor son of Sharon and Emil Hueper (plaintiffs), was a passenger in a vehicle that collided with a truck owned by Dean Goodrich (defendant). Bruce was seriously injured. Sharon brought suit on Bruce’s behalf against Goodrich, including a claim by Emil for medical expenses. After a trial that was bifurcated as to liability and damages, the jury awarded Emil special damages for medical and hospital care before Bruce’s 18th birthday. The hospital, a charitable institution, did not charge Emil for medical care or accept insurance proceeds as payment. The trial court applied the collateral-source rule to bar evidence regarding the fact that the hospital did not charge Emil for Bruce’s care. Both parties appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Todd, J.)

Dissent (Simonett, J.)

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