Rhode Island Medical Malpractice Laws

There is no limitation on damages. The statute of limitations is three years from the incident or reasonable discovery (for minors, within three years after reaching the age of majority). There is joint and several liability. There is no limit on attorney fees. Voluntary periodic payments are available where damages exceed $150,000. There is no provision for pre-trial alternative dispute resolution or screening panels. There is no requirement for an affidavit or certificate of merit. Experts must have knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education in the same field as the defendant.

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