Ratlief v. Yokum

In Ratlief v. Yokum, 167 W.Va. 779, 280 S.E.2d 584 (1981) the plaintiff argued that it was error for the circuit court to allow evidence to go to the jury concerning his medical insurance payments. In that case, during cross-examination of the plaintiff, it was induced that eighty percent of his medical bills had been paid by his own medical insurance company. 167 W.Va. at 787, 280 S.E.2d at 589. With Ratlief it was our first occasion to determine whether evidence of payment from collateral sources constituted reversible error. After determining that such evidence was error in Ratlief we decided that the error was harmless because the jury did not reach the damage issue as it had disposed of the case against the plaintiff on the liability issue. 167 W.Va. at 788, 280 S.E.2d at 590.