Bill Text: AZ HB2239 | 2013 | Fifty-first Legislature 1st Regular | Introduced

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Bill Title: Collateral source evidence; admissibility

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2013-03-28 - Senate majority caucus: Do pass [HB2239 Detail]

Download: Arizona-2013-HB2239-Introduced.html




REFERENCE TITLE: collateral source evidence; admissibility




State of Arizona

House of Representatives

Fifty-first Legislature

First Regular Session




HB 2239


Introduced by

Representative Stevens





amending title 12, chapter 13, Arizona Revised Statutes, by adding article 10; relating to collateral source evidence.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Title 12, chapter 13, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding article 10, to read:


START_STATUTE12-2321.  Admissibility of collateral source evidence

A.  In an action to recover damages for personal injuries or wrongful death or for damage to or destruction of property, the defendant may introduce evidence of any money or benefit that is or will be payable to the plaintiff or on the plaintiff's behalf, as a result of the injury, death, damage or destruction, to establish that any cost, expense or loss the plaintiff claims to have suffered as a result of the injury, death, damage or destruction is subject to reimbursement or indemnification from the collateral source.  If the defendant introduces collateral source evidence, the plaintiff may introduce evidence of any of the following:

1.  Amounts the plaintiff has paid or contributed to secure the plaintiff's right to any benefits.

2.  That recovery from the defendant is subject to a lien.

3.  That the provider of the collateral benefits has a statutory right of recovery against the plaintiff as reimbursement for the benefits.

4.  That the provider of the benefits has a right of subrogation to the rights of the plaintiff in the action.

B.  Evidence introduced pursuant to this section is admissible for the purpose of considering the plaintiff's damages and shall be accorded such weight as the trier of fact chooses to give it.

C.  This section shall not be construed to impair or affect a healthcare provider or collateral source benefits provider's ability to pursue any lien or right of reimbursement pursuant to state or federal law or contract. END_STATUTE

Sec. 2.  Effective date

This act is effective from and after December 31, 2013.