§ 9-3-14. Liability where lien is not honored.
Any insurance carrier making any payment to the owner, his or her representative, or assignee as compensation for the particular loss after the mailing of the notice without paying to the lessor the amount of his or her lien or so much thereof as can be satisfied out of the money due under any final judgment or compromise or settlement agreement after paying the amount of any prior liens, shall, for a period of one year from the date of payment to the owner, his or her representative, or assignee, be and remain liable to the lessor for the amount which the lessor was entitled to receive; and any such lessor may, within such period, enforce his or her lien by a civil action against the insurance carrier making the payment.
(P.L. 1973, ch. 211, § 1.)