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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:Helidoro Torrez was in car accident with Devin Sanders and Samuel Sanders. Torrez sued them. The trial court ruled it would be excluding from evidence the workers’ compensation benefits paid to Torrez. Torrez said the benefits were the only evidence he had to prove damages. Based on this representation, the trial court directed a verdict for the Sanderses. On appeal, Torrez argues the trial court wrongly excluded the evidence. HOLDING:Affirmed. The court reminds Torrez that, under the Workers’ Compensation statutes, even under recent amendment, a plaintiff must show proof that medical benefits were reasonable and necessary if he wants to recover damages for those benefits. The court finds that the trial court could have determined that explaining to the jury the differences between the damage concepts of lost wages and lost earning capacity and the manner in which workers’ compensation benefits are calculated would have clouded the issues. The court agrees with other courts of appeals that require a showing that the amount of medical expenses paid does not alone establish that the expenses were reasonable and necessary. The court adds that it is unclear what reason Torrez’s attorney had for relying exclusively on evidence of Torrez’s workers’ compensation benefits, but the trial court’s decision to exclude evidence of those benefits was not arbitrary or unreasonable. OPINION:L�pez, C.J.; L�pez, C.J., Marion, and Speedlin, JJ.

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