Title 23
Health and Safety

Chapter 59
Continuing Care Provider Registration and Disclosure

R.I. Gen. Laws § 23-59-12

§ 23-59-12. Civil liability.

(a) A person contracting with a provider for continuing care may terminate the continuing care contract, and the provider shall be liable to the person contracting for continuing care for repayment of all fees paid to the provider, facility, or person violating this chapter, together with interest thereon at the legal rate for judgments, court costs, and reasonable attorney’s fees, less the reasonable value of care and lodging provided to the resident prior to the termination of the contract and for damages if after June 18, 1987 the provider or a person acting on the provider’s behalf, with or without actual knowledge of the violation, entered into a contract with the person:

(1) For continuing care at a facility which has not registered under this chapter;

(2) Without having first provided to the person a disclosure statement meeting the requirements of this chapter and not omitting a material fact required to be stated therein or necessary in order to make the statements made therein not misleading, in light of the circumstances under which they are made; or

(3) If the contract does not meet the requirements of § 23-59-6.

(b) A person who willfully or recklessly aids or abets a provider in any act prohibited by this section shall be liable as set out in subsection (a) of this section.

(c) The department shall have no jurisdiction to adjudicate controversies concerning continuing care contracts. A breach of contract shall not be deemed a violation of this chapter. Termination of a contract pursuant to subsection (a) shall not preclude the resident’s seeking any other remedies available under any law.

History of Section.
P.L. 1987, ch. 101, § 1.