Evidence: BAKER V. KAMMERER (SCOKY; 3/23/2006)

EVIDENCE – Impeachment with bias of insurance adjuster
DATE:  3/23/2006

This is an appeal of a jury verdict in a personal injury action that was brought by Amanda Baker against  Theresa Kammerer. At trial, Baker was not permitted to cross-examine Hope Frost, an investigator employed by Kammerer’s insurance carrier, about possible bias stemming from the fact that the investigator was hire/employed by the insurance company.  The Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court.   SCOKY held the trial court abused its discretion in limiting the cross-examination of the insurance adjuster regarding possible bias by her employment by the insurance company and thus reverse.

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