Ashey v. Kupchan – Case Brief Summary (Rhode Island)

In Ashey v. Kupchan, 618 A.2d 1268 (R.I. 1993), the Rhode Island Supreme Court discussed the tolling provision and its application to potentially latent and undiscoverable injuries.

There, the decedent died following surgery and suit was commenced in a timely manner. After the initial suit was dismissed for naming an improper defendant, a second suit was filed; the action was brought pursuant to § 10-7-2, and was filed three years and six months after the death, naming the treating medical practitioners.

In ruling against tolling the statute in the wrongful death action, the Court clarified its position with respect to tolling the statute in medical malpractice and drug-product liability actions. Id. at 1269-70.