48—First claim of designated entity
(1) If a notice has
been given by a designated entity to an insurer under this Division, the
designated entity has first claim on any money to be paid by the insurer in
respect of the bodily injury of the person to whom the notice relates.
(2) If an insurer on
whom a notice has been served under this Division proposes to pay money in
respect of the bodily injury of the person to whom the notice relates (whether
or not the money is to be paid in pursuance of an order of the court or
voluntarily by the insurer, with or without an admission of liability), the
money must be applied by the insurer—
first, in or towards satisfaction of the claim of the designated entity; and
to any residue, in the same manner as if this Division had not been enacted.
(3) If notices have
been served under this Division on an insurer by 2 or more designated entities
in respect of the same patient and the money to be paid by the insurer is not
sufficient to meet the claims of both or all of those designated entities, the
money must be divided between the designated entities in proportion to their
(4) If an insurer
fails to make a payment to a designated entity as required by this section,
the designated entity may, by action in a court of competent jurisdiction,
recover the amount of the payment that should have been made to the designated
entity as a debt due to it from the insurer.