Joint And Several Liability

In any action for professional negligence accruing on or after July 1, 1986, wherein damages exceed $25,000, liability is apportioned among the defendants on the basis of each defendant's degree of fault, and each is severally liable. The jury shall apportion liability among all culpable persons or entities including non­defendants upon request from any party. However, any tortfeasor whose liability exceeds that of the claimant is jointly and severally liable for the claimant's economic damages with the exception of the state university system or to teaching hospitals, for which joint liability has been abolished.

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