Rhode Island Medical Malpractice Lawyer
We Have Recovered Millions for Our Clients
Medical professionals in Rhode Island and across the United States have an obligation to provide a standard level of care. Patients trust doctors, surgeons, obstetricians and other medical professionals to provide this standard level of diagnosis, treatment, and post-operative care so they have the best opportunity of living long and healthy lives.
When a medical professional fails to uphold this standard and a patient is injured, that patient may be able to take legal action and hold the at-fault doctor or facility accountable. Did a medical professional cause you injury? Speak with our Rhode Island medical negligence attorney for a free consultation.
Don’t Wait to File Your Claim
According to the Rhode Island General Laws section, 9-1-14.1 a victim of medical malpractice has three years to file a medical malpractice claim before the statute of limitations runs out. The statute of limitations is a law that dictates how long an injured party has to file a claim and pursue compensation before they lose their legal right to do so.
There are some exceptions to this three-year rule, a notable one being if an injury was not discovered to be due to malpractice initially. In these cases, the three-year time period begins when the injury victim either discovers the malpractice or should have reasonably discovered it. To learn more about how the statute of limitations may affect your case, call our firm for a free consultation today. Our team is standing by to help you.
Recoverable Damages in a Medical Malpractice Case
Just like in other personal injury claims, there are three categories of damages a claimant can pursue in a medical malpractice claim. These categories are economic damages, non-economic damages, and punitive damages.
Economic damages compensate for financial losses associated with an injury including past and future medical expenses or missed wages due to not being able to work while non-economic damages compensate for more abstract losses such as pain and suffering or mental anguish.
Last, punitive damages are different from other damages in that they serve as a financial punishment for the negligent party as opposed to compensating the injured party for a specific loss. Unlike some states, Rhode Island does not have a “cap” or limit on how much a victim of medical malpractice can recover.
What Is Informed Consent?
According to Rhode Island General Laws 9-19-32, informed consent is the "reasonable disclosure of all known material risks" to the patient for a given procedure. If informed consent was not properly, or completely explained to a patient, a medical professional may be held liable for the resulting injuries.
Res iIsa Loquitur Argument
It is still possible for a medical professional to be held liable even if informed consent was obtained if it is proven that the practitioner made a mistake. The is called a res ipsa loquitur argument.
Examples of Medical Malpractice
We can offer insight regarding various types of medical malpractice claims, including:
- Birth injuries
- Misdiagnosis of an illness or injury
- Medication errors
- Prescription errors
- Failure to diagnose cancer / delayed cancer diagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Nursing malpractice
- Anesthesia errors and malpractice
Representing clients in Warwick and the surrounding areas in Rhode Island, we at Sands Law Offices work with the most experienced medical malpractice attorneys in the area. We are committed to providing the level of guidance, support, and resources that allow our clients to focus on what’s important: healing.
You Need a Warwick Medical Malpractice Lawyer
Medical malpractice lawsuits are notoriously complex, and medical professionals may do whatever they can to limit their liability. With an experienced medical malpractice lawyer in RI who has the resources to go up against large insurance companies, doctors, and medical facilities, you can feel confident that your interests are properly represented. Further, you will show these people you mean business. This can result in a fair settlement offer that covers all of your medical bills, lost earnings, emotional trauma, and more.
For a free consultation, call (401) 297-2816 and discuss your case with a Rhode Island medical negligence attorney today. We look forward to hearing from you.