Single-Recovery Rule Law and Legal Definition

Single recovery rule is a principle that a plaintiff is entitled to only one recovery for a particular harm. If the jury has awarded more than one remedy the plaintiff should elect a single remedy. It permitted defendants a credit for amounts paid in settlement by other defendants to prevent a plaintiff's excess recovery. This rule one of the foundations of a defendant's right to have a jury verdict reduced by the amount of any settlements the plaintiff has received from other entities for the same injury.

Single recovery rule is also known as one-satisfaction rule.