Medical negligence claims sometimes arise over the placement of stents and medical implants inside the patient’s body. Under Rhode Island law, when a doctor’s negligence results in improper placement or careless monitoring of an implant, there may be a claim against the doctor if serious injury is caused by the negligence. Accordingly, a deceased patient’s estate is suing two doctors and a hospital for negligence in the placement and follow-up of a temporary implant inserted into his body for the treatment of cholestatic liver function and a pancreatic mass.
It is alleged that one of the defendant doctors installed the stint implant on or about Aug. 5, 2009. When released from doctor’s care in Oct. 2009, the suit alleges that the doctor did not advise the patient that the stint was temporary and would have to be removed and replaced. He also allegedly gave the patient no instructions for its care. The lawsuit alleges that in Aug. 2010 the patient became extremely ill and a severe septic infection was found in his stomach.