Jurors have awarded more than $25 million dollars to a Rhode Island couple for medical malpractice at Rhode Island Hospital. It’s one of the largest negligence verdicts ever in the state.
In august 2009, Carl Beauchamp went to Rhode Island Hospital after hitting his head. He left with severe and permanent injuries, so severe his wife asked a judge to make her Beauchamp’s legal guardian.
They sued the hospital for malpractice. In their complaint, the couple accuses doctors of misdiagnosing Beauchamp and missing signs his condition was worsening.
Now, a jury has awarded them more than $25 million dollars in damages – for what they’ve already suffered and the future expense of medical care. In a statement, Rhode Island Hospital officials say they’re sorry and regret the incident. They say the hospital has made changes to prevent what they call a “tragic event” from happening again.