A Providence, Rhode Island jury awarded a Warwick man $2 million in his medical malpractice lawsuit against a 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.