2016 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 41 - Torts
Article 5 - Medical Malpractice Act
Section 41-5-11 - Set-off of advance payments.
41-5-11. Set-off of advance payments.
A. Evidence of an advance payment is not admissible until there is a final judgment in favor of the patient, in which event the court shall reduce the judgment to the patient to the extent of the advance payment. In jury cases where there is a factual dispute concerning an alleged advance payment, all questions of fact relating to such an advance payment shall be resolved by the jury after it has reached its verdict. The advance payment shall inure to the exclusive benefit of the health care provider or a party making the payment in its behalf. In the event the advance payment exceeds the liability of the defendant or the insurer making it, the court shall order any adjustment necessary to equitably apportion the amount which each defendant is obligated to pay, exclusive of costs. In no case shall an advance payment in excess of an award be repayable by the person receiving it.
B. If a health care provider should elect to pay for medical care and related benefits at any time prior to the entry of a judgment, as provided in Section 8 [41-5-8 NMSA 1978] of the Medical Malpractice Act, and subsequently is found not to be liable, its legal and equitable right of recovery for all such payments shall not be foreclosed or prejudiced in any way.
History: 1953 Comp., 58-33-11, enacted by Laws 1976, ch. 2, 11.
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