Barton Gilman attorneys obtain jury defense verdict in civil battery case

PROVIDENCE (Jan. 5, 2016) – Angela L. Carr and Jenna R. Pingitore recently obtained a jury defense verdict on behalf of a hospital in a negligence and battery case. The Plaintiff alleged that a security officer on staff at the hospital physically assaulted him in a way that caused severe pain and injuries to his ribs.

A Rhode Island Superior Court jury took less than four minutes following the 2-day trial to return a verdict of no liability against the firm’s client.

When the Plaintiff arrived at the hospital in an altered and belligerent state, the hospital’s security officer, at the request of a physician, ordered the Plaintiff to be restrained to ensure the safety of the Plaintiff, other hospital patients, and hospital staff. The Plaintiff was placed in four point restraints for “combative behavior” and “hitting.” It was noted by hospital staff that prior to this restraint, the Plaintiff complained of rib pain upon initial arrival to the hospital.

“We are pleased that the jury so quickly concluded that our client appropriately responded to this situation by restraining and monitoring the Plaintiff to prevent injury to himself and others,” said Carr. “The security officer’s actions did not cause or contribute to the cause of the Plaintiff’s rib injury.”

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Barton Gilman is one of New England’s leading civil litigation law firms with offices in Boston and Providence. Its experienced trial attorneys appear regularly in the federal and state courts of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. The Providence Business News has named the firm one of Rhode Island’s Best Places to Work from 2008–2012 and again from 2014–2015.