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Medical Malpractice Laws in Rhode Island


Medical malpractice, also known as medical negligence, occurs when a health care provider violates the accepted standard of care when providing treatment to a patient, causing the patient to sustain an injury.


Although some states limit the damages that can be awarded to a victim of medical malpractice in a civil lawsuit, Rhode Island has no such cap, and the amount of damages awarded is left up to the jury.


Rhode Island follows a pure comparative negligence rule in medical malpractice cases, meaning that if the victim is found partially negligent regarding their injury, illness, or medical condition, their award will be reduced in proportion to their relative fault.

In many states, plaintiffs’ attorneys are required to submit proof of the health care provider’s negligence before the lawsuit can proceed. Rhode Island does not have this requirement.


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  1. jc says:
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    Rhode Island needs to get with the program. The majority of states have limits on “pain & suffering” damages. Since 80% of medical malpractice claims are abandoned with no payment and since over 90% of the time! the doctor wins the jury trial! it would make good sense to enact some limits on “pain & suffering” and force plaintiff attorneys to get an affidavit of merit. That will help keep bozo plaintiff attorneys out of court and limit merit less frivolous litigation.

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