Over $1 Billion Won for Our clients
Helping Injured Victims Since 1975
Rhode Island Medical Malpractice Lawyers
Holding Healthcare Providers Responsible for Negligent Care
When healthcare providers fail to adhere to accepted professional standards, tragedy often occurs. Medical negligence cases, also known as medical malpractice cases, require extensive skill, experience, and dedication.
What Makes Us Different
- No fees Unless We Win!
- 200+ Years of Combined Experience
- Over $1 Billion Recovered
- Highly Recognized in the Legal Industry
The Rhode Island medical malpractice attorneys at Decof, Barry, Mega & Quinn, P.C. have the knowledge and resources necessary to hold doctors, hospitals, and other providers accountable for their medical mistakes.
Over $1 Billion Recovered for Victims of Negligence
Our team of medical malpractice lawyers in Rhode Island has obtained multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements against doctors, nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists, radiologists, psychiatrists, dentists, and pharmacists—and with hospitals, hospital staff, and other medical professionals, as well—for numerous injuries caused by medical malpractice.
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Largest medical malpractice verdict in Rhode Island, as of 2017, for the victim of medical negligence that led to right leg amputation.
Medical Malpractice Can Occur in a Variety of Ways
Medical negligence can happen during the course of routine procedures and life-threatening emergencies alike. Our firm has represented clients who have experienced the following and more:
- Pregnancy and birth injuries
- Cardiac/heart complications
- Failure to diagnose cancer
- Stroke mistreatment or misdiagnosis
- Surgical errors
- Anesthesia errors
- Emergency room malpractice
- Medication errors
- Nursing home negligence and abuse
- Negligent medical care of infants and children
- Hospital negligence
What Clients Have to Say About Us
"I feel very blessed to have had you in my corner, and want to thank you for bringing my case to the best possible conclusion. You forever have my professional respect and my sincere personal gratitude." - Linda S.
What is Medical Malpractice?
Medical malpractice occurs whenever a health care professional causes an injury to a patient via a negligent act or omission that violates the standard of care. Anytime a doctor, hospital, or other provider makes a mistake that another professional would not have made under similar circumstances, they are violating the standard of care. To have a valid medical malpractice claim, you must also prove that this violation caused your injury and that your injury led to significant losses.
What Kinds of Damages Can I Recover From a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
When you file a medical malpractice lawsuit, you may be eligible to receive general, special, and/or punitive damages.
- General damages are designed to compensate you for any suffering you endured as a result of medical malpractice. These damages include physical and mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of future earning potential.
- Special damages seek to cover expenses you accrued because of medical malpractice. If you were severely injured, you likely had subsequent treatments and missed a fair amount of work. Special damages aim to reimburse you for these costs and medical bills and make sure you have the funds to cover any future medical expenses and/or rehabilitative care.
- Punitive damages are rare in medical malpractice cases, but they exist to punish any medical professional who was behaving knowingly or intentionally. Not only do these damages provide you with additional compensation, but they also make an example of whoever harmed you to discourage similar behavior in the future.
Who Do I Sue in A Medical Malpractice Case?
This is an excellent question and one of the most difficult for us to answer without reviewing your case. Essentially, who you file suit against will depend on where and how you were hurt. For example, if you were harmed in the hospital, you might not be able to sue the institution directly. Instead, you would file suit against the doctor that hurt you, who was likely working as an independent contractor. There are, of course, exceptions to this rule, and you may be able to file suit against a hospital if you were harmed in the emergency room or by an incompetent or dangerous doctor.
In many cases, supervisors and employers must accept responsibility for a medical professional’s behavior. One instance of this involves nursing errors. If a nurse makes a mistake with medication, you will probably have to file against the attending doctor or the facility they work for.
Rhode Island Medical Malpractice Laws
It's important to understand the medical malpractice laws in your home state. In Rhode Island, a person who is injured by medical malpractice will need to comply with basic rules.
Here are some basics to consider if you're claiming medical malpractice:
- The case must be filed within three years of the occurrence of the medical error or initial discovery of the injury.
- Rhode Island does NOT impose a cap on economic or non-economic damages.
- This state follows "pure comparative negligence" standards which allow an injured party to recover a monetary award in a medical malpractice case IF it can be proven that they were more than 50% responsible for an injury.
Hiring a skilled medical malpractice attorney can help you focus on recovery rather than the logistics of your medical malpractice case. There are many important deadlines to consider when bringing forth a personal injury case of this nature, so contact one of our Rhode Island medical malpractice lawyers today to schedule a consultation.
How to Find a Medical Malpractice Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured due to medical negligence, it is critical that you find the right medical malpractice attorney. Medical malpractice cases require extensive skill, experience, and dedication in order to hold healthcare providers accountable for their negligent care. A good medical malpractice attorney can make all the difference in obtaining the compensation you are entitled to after an injury caused by someone else’s negligence.
Here are a few tips to help you determine if the medical malpractice lawyer you are interviewing is right for you:
- Research the attorney’s experience: Experienced medical malpractice lawyers have a better understanding of the complexities that come with such cases and will know how to navigate them for maximum success.
- Check their record of success: A successful background in this area can indicate not only an experienced lawyer, but a passionate one who is committed to getting results for clients.
- Look into their practice areas: Many attorneys specialize in certain types of medical negligence, so make sure your attorney has the right experience in your specific case type before making a decision on representation.
- Ask about costs and fees: Be sure that you understand all associated costs upfront before signing any papers with an attorney so there are no surprises down the road if they win or lose your case.
- Inquire about available resources: Find out what kind of support staff, investigators, and other professionals will be working on your case to ensure you get the highest level of service possible from start to finish.
- Consider their communication style: Discussing legal matters can often be intimidating or frustrating; make sure you are comfortable communicating openly with your prospective lawyer throughout every step of the process.
- Seek referrals and reviews from past clients: To get an unbiased opinion of a medical malpractice lawyer’s performance, ask them for references or read online reviews from past clients who have used the same attorney.
The attorneys at Decof Barry Mega & Quinn have a long track record of success in obtaining multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements against doctors, nurses, surgeons, anesthesiologists and other healthcare professionals who have committed medical malpractice. With over 200 years of combined legal experience and over $1 billion recovered for victims of negligence nationwide, our firm will fight tirelessly for your rights as a patient and ensure that justice is served.
Get Started on Your Case Today!
Victims of medical malpractice have the right to bring at-fault healthcare professionals and facilities to justice. In the face of the physical injuries and emotional trauma malpractice can cause, victims have a way to recover financial compensation that not only helps them secure the care they need and rebuild their lives, but holds at-fault parties accountable.
Highly technical in nature and with the burden of proof on the injured patient, medical malpractice cases are not easy to win. It takes hard work, experience, and the resources to go up against large medical malpractice insurance providers to negotiate a fair settlement or earn a courtroom victory. Our firm is equipped for such a challenge.
Call Our RI medical malpractice attorneys at (401) 200-4059 today to discuss your case and your legal rights during a free consultation.
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