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Montgomery Ward & Co., Inc. v. Anderson

Arkansas Supreme Court
976 S.W.2d 382 (Ark. 1998)


Facts

Shirley Anderson (plaintiff) was shopping in a Montgomery Ward (defendant) store when she fell and injured herself. She was sent to the hospital at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) where she received treatment. Subsequently, Anderson came to an agreement with UAMS whereby her medical bill was reduced by 50 percent. Anderson brought suit against Montgomery Ward for negligence. Montgomery Ward filed a motion in limine seeking to prevent Anderson from introducing the pre-discount total of her medical bills. In effect, this motion was for the introduction of evidence of the discount. The trial court denied the motion, holding that Montgomery Ward could not introduce evidence that Anderson did not have to pay the full amount of her initial medical bill. Montgomery Ward appealed.

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