HOUSE BILL 14
48th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2007
RELATING TO TORT CLAIMS; INCREASING THE MAXIMUM LIABILITY AMOUNTS FOR CERTAIN CLAIMS AGAINST A GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY OR PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PURSUANT TO THE TORT CLAIMS ACT.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
Section 1. Section 41-4-19 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1976, Chapter 58, Section 17, as amended) is amended to read:
"41-4-19. MAXIMUM LIABILITY.--
A. Unless limited by Subsection B of this section, in any action for damages against a governmental entity or a public employee while acting within the scope of [his] the employee's duties as provided in the Tort Claims Act, the liability shall not exceed:
(1) the sum of [one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000] three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) for damage to or destruction of property arising out of a single occurrence; [and]
(2) the sum of three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000) for all past and future medical and medically related expenses arising out of a single occurrence; and
(3) the sum of four hundred thousand dollars ($400,000) to any person for any number of claims arising out of a single occurrence for all damages other than property damage and medical and medically related expenses as permitted under the Tort Claims Act [or
(4) the sum of seven hundred fifty thousand dollars ($750,000) for all claims other than medical or medically related expenses arising out of a single occurrence]. B. The total liability for all claims pursuant to Paragraphs (1) and (3) of Subsection A of this section that arise out of a single occurrence shall not exceed the sum of nine hundred fifty thousand dollars ($950,000).
C. On July 1, 2008 and on July 1 of each successive year, the liability amounts provided in Subsections A and B of this section shall be adjusted by the annual percentage increase between the next preceding calendar year and the preceding calendar year of the consumer price index for all urban consumers, United States city average for all items, published by the United States department of labor. The risk management division of the general services department shall publish by June 1 of each year the adjusted liability amounts that shall take effect the following July 1.
[B.] D. Interest shall be allowed on judgments against a governmental entity or public employee for a tort for which immunity has been waived under the Tort Claims Act at a rate equal to two percentage points above the prime rate as published in the Wall Street Journal on the date of the entry of the judgment. Interest shall be computed daily from the date of the entry of the judgment until the date of payment.
[C.] E. No judgment against a governmental entity or public employee for any tort for which immunity has been waived under the Tort Claims Act shall include an award for exemplary or punitive damages or for interest prior to judgment."
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