Understanding Personal Injury Law in Rhode Island

Each state has unique laws concerning personal injury. Your attorney must adhere to any and all personal injury laws in Providence and throughout RI. This ensures he or she protects your rights under the state guidelines.

Decof & Decof opened its doors in 1975 and has since worked diligently to uphold personal injury laws. In addition, our attorneys are dedicated to educating and informing every client to the law we apply to each case.

Most personal injury cases in Rhode Island require you to prove the defendant was negligent and that he or she failed to use reasonable care, thus causing your injury. In order to do this, you must prove:

  • The negligent party owed you a duty of care
  • He or she failed to carry out this duty
  • You suffered damages
  • The other person’s failure to perform his or her duty caused your injury

Types of negligence laws

Rhode Island personal injury law states that if you are at fault during the incident that caused your injury, the court will lower the recovery possible in proportion to your degree of negligence. This is called the comparative negligence law.

Under the pure comparative fault rule, you can recover up damages from the negligent party even when you are 99 percent at fault. However, the court will reduce your recovery because of your degree of carelessness.

You may choose to seek recovery from one party even if several people are at fault. In turn, that person can seek recovery from the others in the amount equal to their involvement.

Product injury law

Products liability law is a slightly different form of personal injury law that has its own set of rules. The seller of a product may be responsible under a legal theory known as strict liability. RI injury law requires you to prove the following in cases of strict liability:

  • The product was defective and that the defect made it dangerous
  • You used the product in a responsible and appropriate manner
  • The defect caused an injury
  • You suffered damages

Under products and personal injury laws in Providence, RI, the negligent party is responsible for paying for:

  • Past and estimated future medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Damaged property
  • Cost of hiring an assistant to help with everyday tasks
  • Permanent disability
  • Emotional distress
  • Any other costs directly caused by the injury
Decof, Decof & Barry uses an extensive knowledge and experience litigating personal injury cases to guide you through the complicated legal system. Our Providence, RI injury law attorneys help clients in Rhode Island and Massachusetts find compensation for the following areas of personal injury law:

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Confused about how to file an injury lawsuit in Providence, RI? Personal injury law is complex and is best understood with the help of an experienced law firm. Decof & Decof offers free initial consultations and provides services without attorneys’ fee unless we receive a judgment or settlement in your favor.

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Please contact one of our attorneys to schedule a free consultation. We work for clients on a contingency fee arrangement, which means you pay no legal fee or costs unless we obtain a verdict or settlement for you. We cover all areas of RI, including Providence plus the Boston, MA area and southern CT.