Supreme Court declines to consider certified question clarifying West; trial courts fill void by declaring medical charges limited to payment actually made.

On October, 15, 2015, a per curiam order ended anticipated clarification concerning the broader applicability of the West analysis  in the tort litigation context.

The Court had been asked by the U S District Court in Memphis to answer the following certified question of law:

Is the decision in West' limited to the Hospital Lien Act or is it also applicable to personal injury actions directly against the alleged tortfeasor?

In the absence of a Supreme Court clarification, Circuit Courts across the state confront challenges to medical charge discounts and adjustments.  White & Rhodes lawyers are in the vanguard of seeking to limit reasonable medical charges to those actually paid, rather than "sticker price" fictional charges.