Definitions for "Collateral source rule"
A rule of tort law which holds that the one who causes the damage (tort-feasor) cannot deduct from the amount he or she would be held to pay to the victim of the tort, any goods, services or money received by that victim from "collateral" sources as a result of the tort (e.g. insurance benefits).
A rule which prevents a defendant from introducing into evidence the fact that a plaintiff has received benefits for his or her injury/damages from other sources such as disability insurance and/or workers’ compensation payments. Class 1 Class 2 Class 8
The rule of tort law which provides that the plaintiff's award for damages will not be reduced because the plaintiff received indemnification of loss from other sources. Based on the concept that the wrongdoer should not benefit from payments form such collateral sources.