What is the potential liability in a medical malpractice case in Rhode Island?

Rhode Island does not place monetary limits on the amount of economic and non-economic damages in medical malpractice cases. However, Rhode Island does have a collateral source rule which requires juries to reduce damage awards by the amount equal to the difference between total benefits received and the total amount paid to secure benefits by the plaintiff. That means that the damages that must be paid by the defendants must be reduced by the amount the plaintiff has received from other sources such as the worker’s compensation fund or a disability insurance policy.

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