RESULTS

Mark B. Decof has amassed an unparalleled record of success as a trial lawyer. With his help and counsel, Mark’s clients have been awarded the largest personal injury verdict in the state’s history, the largest medical malpractice verdict in the state’s history, and the largest individual personal injury settlement in the state’s history, among others.

The other trial lawyers at Decof, Decof & Barry, including Patrick C. Barry and Mark J. Brice, have also helped clients win multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements in numerous catastrophic injury, medical negligence and wrongful death cases.

If you or a loved one has suffered a life-altering event as a result of negligence, you need the most experienced, competent and professional representation. Call us. We can help.

  • $28 million verdict and judgment, Rhode Island’s largest jury verdict, in a medical malpractice and wrongful death case.  This result was obtained on behalf of the family of a 32 year-old wife and mother who died as a result of the negligence of an emergency room physician who failed to recognize, diagnose and treat bacterial pneumonia.  O’Sullivan v. Newport Emergency Physicians, Inc.
  • Confidential multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a young girl who suffered severe brain and nervous system injuries when she was struck by a vehicle leased from a car manufacturer.  This case is widely recognized as Rhode Island’s largest individual civil settlement.
  • $18 million jury verdict for a woman left paralyzed when she was rear-ended in a motor vehicle collision.  This case had been Rhode Island’s largest trial verdict until the O’Sullivan trial.  Oliveira v. Chase Manhattan Bank.
  • $2.5 million jury verdict on behalf of the parents of a newborn who died from an avoidable infection.  Arriaza v. Singer.

Recent Settlements and Trials

  • Confidential multi-million dollar settlement in a birth injury and birth asphyxia case, on behalf of an injured child, involving obstetrical negligence, brain damage and cerebral palsy.
  • Confidential multi-million dollar settlement after three weeks of trial in the case of a man who suffered metastatic cancer as a result of a negligent pathology exam after surgery.
  • Confidential multi-million dollar settlement after two weeks of trial on behalf of a developmentally disabled adult who had been sexually assaulted by a care provider.

Please see our Providence, RI, and MA personal injury settlements and verdicts in the following areas:

Let us help

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.

Massachusetts and Providence, RI Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Settlements

Pregnancy and birth injuries

  • $3 million judgment following a jury verdict on behalf of the family of a child who was born brain-damaged because a physician and hospital negligently failed to deliver the child promptly after a placental abruption
  • $1.2 million judgment following a jury verdict on behalf of a child who suffered a brachial plexus nerve injury when an obstetrician was negligent in performing the delivery
  • Multimillion-dollar injury settlement in Providence, RI reached for a child that was severely brain-damaged due to misuse of vacuum extractor at delivery
  • Multimillion-dollar settlement reached for the delay in delivering a brain-damaged child who was suffering severe distress before birth
  • Multimillion-dollar Providence, RI injury settlement reached for the family of a brain-damaged child against the hospital for failure to deliver by caesarian section
  • Confidential settlement for hypoxic ischemic birth injury to an infant
  • Confidential settlement for Erb’s palsy birth trauma
  • $2.5 million verdict when the jury found that a midwife at Women & Infants Hospital was negligent in treating a young mother in labor, which resulted in the wrongful death of her newborn
  • Multimillion-dollar settlement against the manufacturers of a drug that a mother ingested before giving birth, causing her child to be born without arms or legs

Brain injuries

  • Confidential multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf of a young boy when the defendant did not diagnose and treat his meningitis soon enough to prevent brain damage
  • Confidential multimillion-dollar settlement for a hospital’s delay in performing an MRI that resulted in failure to diagnose a carotid dissection in an 8-year-old and permanent neurological damage resulted
  • Confidential settlement against a physician that was negligent in performing sinus surgery and caused a woman to suffer brain damage

Spinal cord injuries

  • $3.2 million judgment after a jury verdict against an anesthesiologist on behalf of a young man who suffered a stroke as a result of negligently administered anesthesia during a surgical procedure
  • $1.75 million Providence, RI injury settlement on behalf of an 83-year-old woman because the negligent removal of an epidural catheter after a routine surgical procedure paralyzed her
  • Confidential settlement against several doctors and a hospital on behalf of a young man when negligent failure to treat an epidural abscess at a university infirmary and hospital paralyzed him

Cardiac/heart

  • $310,000 injury settlement in Providence, RI for the family of a man for the failure to diagnose a serious cardiac condition
  • $450,000 wrongful death settlement for a defendant’s failure to have a cardiologist to monitor Amiodarone, a cardiac medication, properly
  • $400,000 jury verdict for a man who had a cardiac pacemaker implanted in his chest unnecessarily because of faulty test data

Cancer

  • Confidential seven-figure settlement of a medical malpractice claim for failure to diagnose and treat prostate cancer in a timely manner
  • $1.25 million settlement on behalf of the family of a man who died from undiagnosed colorectal cancer
  • $325,000 settlement against a physician on behalf of her patient when he failed to diagnosis breast cancer in a timely manner
  • $1 million dollar settlement for death of mother when the laboratory’s mistaken analysis of a pap smear resulted in a failure to diagnose cervical cancer
  • Confidential settlement for the death of a 50-year-old man due to failure to read an x-ray properly and the resultant failure to diagnose chondrosarcoma or bone cancer
  • Confidential settlement for failure to diagnose lung cancer in 60-year-old man
  • Confidential settlement on behalf of the family of a 70-year-old man who died of colorectal cancer, because of his primary care physician’s failure to prescribe tests to screen the patient for the disease

Stroke

  • Confidential settlement against a physician when failure to diagnose and treat the symptoms of a stroke resulted in a woman having a stroke and suffering serious permanent injuries
  • Confidential settlement against a pharmaceutical company on behalf of a young woman who suffered a stroke as a result of her ingestion of birth control pills

Surgery

  • $1.525 million settlement on behalf of a 53-year-old man paralyzed after the negligent performance of an aorto-bilateral femoral popliteal bypass graft surgery
  • Confidential settlement against the manufacturer of a medical device when a young woman suffered serious injuries due to their product
  • Confidential settlement for a surgical malpractice claim for failure to recognize and repair post-operative bleeding following a hysterectomy
  • Confidential settlement against a surgeon whose negligence in removing the wrong internal organ from a man undergoing laparoscopic surgery left the man with a severe case of diabetes and other injuries
  • Confidential settlement following a trial for a woman who suffered serious gastrointestinal injuries because of negligent performance in a laporascopic cholecystectomy or removal of gall bladder
  • $410,000 settlement on behalf of a woman who underwent unnecessary surgery
  • Confidential settlement on behalf of a young woman who had a surgical procedure to correct scoliosis that resulted in paralysis
  • $450,000 settlement on behalf of a woman who the defendant misdiagnosed with breast cancer and underwent an unnecessary mastectomy

Anesthesia

  • $300,000 judgment following a jury verdict against an anesthesiologist on behalf of a young woman who suffered sciatic nerve damage because of a negligently administered epidural anesthesia
  • Confidential settlement on behalf of a young woman who suffered paralysis following epidural anesthesia during childbirth

Emergency room

  • $2.8 million judgment following a jury verdict on behalf of a young woman who suffered brain damage because of the negligent delay in emergency room treatment for respiratory difficulties
  • Confidential settlement on behalf of two young daughters whose father received negligent treatment in a hospital emergency room resulting in his death—the man suffered respiratory arrest after the hospital did not treat his breathing difficulties for several hours

Medication

  • Confidential settlement against a hospital and pharmaceutical manufacturer for the negligent administration of Diprivan (propofol) to a 13-year-old boy, resulting in his death
  • $1.6 million settlement in a wrongful death and pharmaceutical product liability case, on behalf of a 75-year-old woman who was prescribed a diet drug

Nursing home

  • Settlement for a confidential amount when a nursing home and the corporation that provided their medical services failed to take the proper precautions to prevent an 80-year-old resident from falling, which resulted in death

Care of infants and children

  • Confidential settlement on behalf of a family whose child died in a hospital when staff failed to recognize and act on the child’s deteriorating condition

Personal injury settlements in Providence, RI, and MA

Alcohol-related injuries

  • Confidential settlement, possibly the largest personal injury settlement in Rhode Island, for a 13-year-old child, and her family, who suffered catastrophic injuries when she was struck by a motor vehicle operated by an intoxicated driver and owned by a leasing company
  • $1.2 million judgment following a jury verdict against several drinking establishments on behalf of a young man who was seriously injured when he was struck on his motorcycle by a drunk driver; the drinking establishments were found to have negligently served alcohol to the man who subsequently caused the collision that injured the motorcyclist
  • $750,000 jury verdict against a railroad on behalf of a man who was negligently served alcoholic beverages during a train ride and was seriously injured when he fell onto the tracks and was injured by the train
  • $500,000 settlement on behalf of the parents of a woman whose wrongful death was caused by her husband, who was driving her motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol
  • Policy-limit settlement of a dram shop claim for the wrongful death of an intoxicated patron

Boating accidents and injuries to seamen

  • $5.4 million settlement on behalf of a seaman who suffered a brain injury after falling from his employer’s corporate yacht; the case also involved extensive and successful litigation over the seaman’s right to have his medical care paid for by his employer

Burn injuries

  • Multimillion-dollar settlement against the manufacturer of a child’s walker as a result of severe burn injuries sustained by the child when an ember from a fireplace fire ignited the plastic seat of the walker

Explosions

  • $1.5 million settlement against a motel owner and the company that supplied their propane gas for a family that suffered burns after a propane leak caused an explosion

Electrocutions

  • Multimillion-dollar settlement against an electric company on behalf of a young man who suffered electrocution injuries requiring multiple amputations as a result of the company’s negligent failure to supervise workers at an electrical substation
  • Multimillion-dollar settlement on behalf the family of a man who was electrocuted and killed as a result of a utility company’s negligent placement and maintenance of high-voltage electrical wires
  • $5 million settlement against a construction company on behalf of a man who was electrocuted and severely injured when a crane he was operating came in contact with high-voltage overhead electric wires

Hunting injuries

  • Confidential settlement for an accidental death in a hunting accident

School/university/child care negligence

  • Multi-million dollar Providence, RI personal injury settlement against the operator of a day care center on behalf of the estates of a woman and her daughter who were murdered after the center negligently released the child to the perpetrator of the crime
  • $750,000 judgment after a jury verdict against a culinary school on behalf of the family of a college student who was negligently served food containing an ingredient to which he was severely allergic and died as a result of ingesting the ingredient
  • $450,000 settlement on behalf of a college student who was severely burned during a welding class, due to lack of proper supervision and adequate safety equipment
  • Confidential settlement against several doctors and a hospital on behalf of a young man who was paralyzed due to a negligent failure to treat an epidural abscess at a university infirmary and hospital.
  • Confidential settlement against the operator of a summer camp on behalf of the family of a young boy who drowned as a result of negligent supervision at the camp
  • Confidential settlement for a college student who suffered a closed-head injury from a fall from a dormitory

Slip and fall injuries

  • Multimillion-dollar jury verdict against the YMCA on behalf of a young woman who was paralyzed as a result of a fall during rehearsal of a dance routine
  • $950,000 settlement for a man who required a partial foot amputation due to injuries caused from a slip and fall accident
  • Settlement in excess of $220,000 for injuries sustained by a man in a slip and fall incident and for his wife’s loss of consortium
  • Confidential settlement for slip and fall injury with permanent damage to limb

Products liability

Pharmaceutical liability

  • $1.6 million settlement in a wrongful death/pharmaceutical product liability case, on behalf of a 75-year-old woman who a doctor prescribed a diet drug
  • $764,000 settlement in a pharmaceutical product liability action on behalf of a 45-year-old woman who sustained heart valve damage following the prescription of a diet drug
  • Confidential settlement on behalf of a young woman who suffered cervical cancer because of her in-utero exposure to the drug diethylstilbestrol (DES)
  • Confidential settlement against a pharmaceutical company on behalf of a young woman who suffered a stroke because of her ingestion of birth control pills
  • Confidential settlement against a hospital and pharmaceutical manufacturer for the negligent administration of Diprivan (propofol) to a 13-year-old boy, which resulted in his death

Automobiles/motorcycles

  • $19.6 million judgment after a jury verdict for the family of world-famous Formula One race car driver Mark Donahue, who was killed when a defective tire on his race car exploded and caused his car to crash during a Grand Prix race in Austria
  • Confidential settlement against a car manufacturer on behalf of a child who was paralyzed as a result of a defective seatbelt system which caused her to suffer a spinal cord injury during a one-vehicle collision
  • Settlement for a confidential amount from an automobile manufacturer for a woman who was paralyzed when her sport utility vehicle rolled over when she swerved to avoid a highway collision
  • Settlement for a confidential amount from an automobile manufacturer for the husband of a woman who died when her sport utility vehicle rolled over and she was ejected from the vehicle
  • Confidential settlement of a claim against a vehicle manufacturer on behalf of a man who suffered a fractured cervical spine, resulting in quadriplegia, when the vehicle in which he was a passenger rolled over and the roof collapsed

Construction equipment/machinery

  • Confidential settlement against a manufacturer of roofing tar on behalf of a man who worked as a roofer and developed basal cell cancer from exposure to the roofing tar

Medical/surgical equipment

  • Confidential settlement against a medical device manufacturer on behalf of a young woman who suffered serious injuries due to a dangerous surgical instrument

Airplanes

  • $7.2 million judgment following a jury verdict on behalf of an elderly man and his wife against a commercial airline for injuries sustained as a result of a fall from the stairway of the plane
  • $5.2 million settlement on behalf of the estates of a 49-year-old man and his 10-year-old son who were killed in the crash of a private aircraft
  • $4.5 million settlement against a commercial airline on behalf of a child who suffered serious injuries and on behalf of the estates of her mother and grandmother who were killed in an airplane crash; the airplane crash-landed after it lost hydraulic power due to a manufacturing defect
  • Confidential settlement against a military aircraft manufacturer on behalf of the family of an Air Force pilot who was killed as a result of a defectively designed military aircraft ejection system

Swimming pools

  • $3.2 million personal injury settlement in Providence, RI for a products liability case on behalf of a man who fractured his neck and was paralyzed after diving into an in-ground “Hopper” bottom swimming pool

All-terrain vehicles

  • $13.2 million judgment against the manufacturer of an all-terrain vehicle on behalf of a young man who was paralyzed in an accident caused by a defect in the ATV design

Toys

  • Multimillion-dollar settlement against the manufacturer of a child’s walker as a result of severe burn injuries sustained by the child when an ember from a fireplace fire ignited the plastic seat of the walker
  • Confidential settlement on behalf of a child seriously injured by a negligently designed ride-on type toy
  • $600,000 settlement on behalf of a boy shot in the eye in a paintball gun accident

Helmets

  • $3.5 million verdict against a football helmet manufacturer on behalf of a high school football player who suffered a spinal cord injury and paralysis due to a defectively designed helmet

Construction accidents

Electrocutions

  • $5 million settlement against a construction company on behalf of a man who was electrocuted and severely injured when a crane he was operating encountered high-voltage overhead electric wires

Machinery and equipment accidents

  • Multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a worker who was severely injured when a truck he was unloading rolled backward and a beam that he was unloading crushed his pelvis
  • Confidential settlement against a manufacturer of roofing tar on behalf of a man who worked as a roofer and developed basal cell cancer from exposure to the roofing tar

Falls

  • $4.5 million settlement against a general contractor on behalf of a man who was paralyzed when he fell through a skylight opening in a roof at a worksite

Auto accidents

Automobile accidents

  • $28 million judgment after a jury verdict on behalf of a 48-year-old woman against the owner and lessor of a motor vehicle that struck the woman’s car and paralyzed her – this followed a precedent-setting decision by the Rhode Island Supreme Court in this case that lessors of motor vehicles were subject to Rhode Island’s vicarious liability statutes [See Oliveira v. Lombardi, 794 A.2d 453 (R.I. 2002)]
  • Confidential multi-million dollar settlement, believed to be the largest personal injury settlement in Rhode Island, on behalf of a 13-year-old girl, and her family, who suffered catastrophic injuries when she was struck by a motor vehicle operated by an intoxicated driver and owned by a leasing company
  • Confidential settlement against a car manufacturer on behalf of a child who was paralyzed as a result of a defective seatbelt system which caused her to suffer a spinal cord injury during a one-vehicle collision
  • Confidential settlement against a town on behalf of two elderly people struck and seriously injured by a police cruiser whose operator had negligently failed to use the siren when responding at high speed to a suspected crime scene
  • Multimillion-dollar settlement reached during trial for a Massachusetts wrongful death claim of a 39-year-old father of three minor children

Interstate highway

  • $2.5 million settlement on behalf of the family of a municipal worker who a driver struck and killed while he was standing in the breakdown lane of an interstate highway
  • $850,000 settlement on behalf of a 74-year-old woman who was seriously injured when her car was struck by another vehicle on an interstate highway

Trucking accidents

  • $2.6 million Providence, RI injury settlement on behalf of the family of a man killed in an automobile accident
  • $2.5 million settlement against a trucking company on behalf of the family of a young man who was killed when his vehicle collided with the rear of a tractor-trailer truck that had become disabled and was stationary in the high-speed lane of an unlit highway at night
  • $1.2 million judgment following a jury verdict on behalf of a man who was seriously injured when his vehicle was struck by a motor vehicle which had gone out of control after coming in contact with a tractor-trailer truck
  • Multi-million dollar settlement on behalf of a worker who was severely injured when a truck he was unloading rolled backward and a beam that he was unloading crushed his pelvis
  • $400,000 settlement with trucking company for death in a highway accident involving a truck and a passenger car

Motorcycle accidents

  • $1.2 million judgment following a jury verdict against several drinking establishments on behalf of a young man who was seriously injured when he was struck on his motorcycle by a drunk driver; the drinking establishments were found to have negligently served alcohol to the man who subsequently caused the collision that injured the motorcyclist
  • $600,000 settlement against a defendant driver’s insurer in a motor vehicle/motorcycle accident
  • $3 million jury verdict for woman who collided with unmarked parking gate while riding her moped causing severe leg injuries

Alcohol-related injuries

  • Confidential settlement, believed to be the largest personal injury settlement in Rhode Island, on behalf of a 13-year-old girl, and her family, who suffered catastrophic injuries when she was struck by a motor vehicle operated by an intoxicated driver and owned by a leasing company
  • $500,000 settlement on behalf of the parents of a woman whose wrongful death was caused by her husband, who was driving her motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol
  • Policy-limit settlement of a dram shop claim for the wrongful death of an intoxicated patron

All-terrain vehicles

  • $13.2 million judgment against the manufacturer of an all-terrain vehicle on behalf of a young man who was paralyzed in an accident caused by a defect in the ATV’s design

Bicycle accidents

  • $500,000 settlement for a bicyclist who suffered multiple leg injuries when struck by a motor vehicle during a Triathlon race in which he was competing
  • Wrongful death case wherein a driver of an SUV drove outside the travel lane of highway into breakdown lane where she hit and killed a cyclist

Aircraft crashes

  • $7.2 million judgment following a jury verdict on behalf of an elderly man and his wife against a commercial airline for injuries sustained because of a fall from the stairway of the plane
  • A confidential settlement against a military aircraft manufacturer on behalf of the family of an Air Force pilot who was killed as a result of a defectively designed military aircraft ejection system

Professional malpractice

  • Settlements totaling $180 million recovered on behalf of the State of Rhode Island in litigation against accountants, directors and officers, and law firms arising out of the Rhode Island credit union failures in 1990
  • $1 million settlement for breach of an employment contract
  • $300,000 settlement for embezzlement by corporate officer
  • $1.7 million settlement of a disputed insurance coverage claim for chemical spill

Let us help

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.