A Providence, Rhode Island jury awarded a Warwick man $2 million in his medical malpractice lawsuit against cardiothoracic surgeon based in Providence. The plaintiff allegedly suffered brain damage from oxygen deprivation during open heart surgery at Rhode Island Hospital.
One extremely fair aspect of Rhode Island personal injury law is that victims can get prejudgment interest of 12%. The negligence in this case occurred 10 years ago so the plaintiff’s award could exceed $3.6 million. Accordingly, defense lawyers in Rhode Island do not have the usual incentives to stall the resolution of cases.