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Lawsuit claims hospital allowed unqualified doctor to practice

Patients in Rhode Island and across the country put their lives in the hands of medical care providers. They expect that their doctors will be able to diagnosis and treat their ills. They also have the reasonable expectation that those who hire doctors will go through the proper checks to ensure that a candidate for a position is qualified. Unfortunately, a lawsuit filed in another state claims that the man who allegedly caused a man's death was an unqualified doctor in addition to being mentally unfit.

The lawsuit involves the April 2016 death of a 62-year-old man. The lawsuit was originally filed in Nov. 2016, though representatives for the victim's son recently filed an amendment. The son alleges that a doctor ordered an emergency airway assistance procedure. In the process of performing it -- though court papers claim the doctor did not receive proper consent -- the patient's neck was broken, resulting in his death eight days later.

The lawsuit claims that the hospital employing the doctor as well as the company that hires doctors for the facility failed to adequately review the man's credentials. He allegedly had not passed a board certification exam and was ineligible to take another test because he had not completed an emergency room residency. Additionally, court papers indicate that just prior to the incident resulting in the man's death, the doctor asked for a continuance in a different medical malpractice lawsuit, claiming that he was incompetent to stand trial. The plaintiff argues that if he was incompetent to stand trial, he should not have been allowed to practice medicine.

In all, the lawsuit makes seven accusations against the defendants, including that an unqualified doctor was allowed to practice medicine. For each count, the plaintiff is asking for $50,000. As is the case for many people who file medical malpractice lawsuits in Rhode Island, one of the purposes of the lawsuit, according to a representative for the plaintiff, is to protect others who may seek treatment at the hospital from negligent action.

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