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Jury Instruction on Insurance, Constitutionality of Pre-Judgment Interest

In the context of a medical malpractice case, the Supreme Court has held that it was not error for the trial court sua sponte to instruct the jury not to consider what affect insurance may have on the case or whether the case will affect the defendants' insurance premiums.  Similarly, the trial justice instructed the jury not to speculate about the parties' attorney's fees including who was paying them or how big they may be.  The Court said the instruction "simply addressed the reality that jurors often wonder about liability coverage, especially in instances where there is typically an insured risk, such as medical malpractice."