In 2017, a $40 million settlement was awarded to a North Providence man in what is believed to be the largest medical malpractice award in Rhode Island history. In 2015, $25 million was awarded to an Exeter man in what was the highest medical malpractice settlement at that time. We often hear the term medical malpractice with large settlement figures attached. Injuries and treatment resulting from medical malpractice can be extremely extensive and costly. Medical malpractice cases include many complicated components and usually involve outside medical experts. As an experienced personal injury lawyer who works with Rhode Island medical malpractice cases, Attorney David Tapalian knows that a medical malpractice lawsuit can be a lengthy and complicated process and not one that an injured person wants to go through alone. If you think you have a potential RI medical malpractice case, do not try to navigate the system on your own. Consult the expertise of the Providence, RI personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers at Tapalian Law.
Establishing a Medical Malpractice Case in Rhode Island
To determine the potential for a medical malpractice case, the injured must prove that a relationship existed between the doctor and the patient. If your neighbor is a doctor and chatted with you about your medical issues one day but had never treated you or saw you in their office for medical purposes, it would be more difficult to prove a patient/doctor relationship versus your long-time physician with a lengthy medical history file for you as their patient. Once that relationship has been clearly established, the plaintiff will need to prove negligence on the part of the medical professional and ensuing injuries and damages. It is extremely helpful to have an experienced RI medical malpractice lawyer like David Tapalian on your side to successfully prove these damages.