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Actor James Woods to testify on RI legislation

Friday, February 24, 2012
In this March 5, 2008 photo, James Woods arrives at the premiere of 10,000 BC in Los Angeles. Woods has sued a Rhode Island hospital over the 2006 death of his younger brother. Woods on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, declined to discuss the lawsuit in detail, but told The Associated Press he wants justice for his brother, Michael, who was 49 when he died at Kent Hospital in Warwick of an apparent heart attack. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) 
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In this March 5, 2008 photo, James Woods arrives at the premiere of "10,000 BC" in Los Angeles. Woods has sued a Rhode Island hospital over the 2006 death of his younger brother. Woods on Friday, Nov. 6, 2009, declined to discuss the lawsuit in detail, but told The Associated Press he wants "justice" for his brother, Michael, who was 49 when he died at Kent Hospital in Warwick of an apparent heart attack. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) (AP) (AP Photo)

Rhode Island officials say actor James Woods will be testifying before a state legislative committee in support of a bill that would allow doctors to apologize for bad treatment outcomes, but ban those apologies from being used against them in malpractice lawsuits.

The Warwick native is set to testify before the House Committee on Judiciary on Wednesday in favor of the so-called "benevolent gestures" bill.

Woods' brother, Michael, died of a heart attack at Kent Hospital in 2006. Woods sued the hospital accusing emergency room staff of not doing enough to save his brother, but he settled the lawsuit after a hospital executive apologized and agreed to start an institute in Michael Woods' name.

Studies show medical malpractice claims decrease when doctors apologize for mistakes and other negative outcomes.

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