At a time when doctors across the country are flocking to a meeting in Texas to support caps on the amount of medical malpractice recoveries, Rhode Island Hospital reports that its neurosurgeons have mistakenly operated on the wrong side of a patient’s brain three times in 2007. One of the patients died. This hospital serves as a teaching hospital to Brown University. If the tort reformers have their way, grossly negligent doctors and hospitals would never be held responsible, even for cutting on the wrong side of a patient’s brain or amputating the wrong leg.
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