What assets are protected from punitive claims in a medical malpractice suit?

Asked on August 11, 2014 under Malpractice Law, New Mexico


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

No assets are specifically protected from any claims, whether for compensatory or punitive damages, in a medical malpractice suit. Presumably, the medical practioner had malpractice insurance, which, if it was sufficiently large, would protect him or her by paying the amount of any judgment or award.

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