Michael P. Quinn, Jr.
Michael P. Quinn, Jr. joined personal injury law firm, Decof, Decof & Barry, P.C. in 2010, with a focus on representing victims, including parents, children and families, of tragic losses and catastrophic physical injuries. Michael is an accomplished trial lawyer and handles all types of serious injury cases. He dedicated the start of his career at another firm to defending hospitals, doctors and other professionals in malpractice actions. Michael’s experience provided an understanding of the challenges that medical professionals face on a day-to-day basis, and informs his current focus on medical negligence cases.
Awards and Other Honors
- Super Lawyer, 2016-2017
- Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2009-2015
- 2011 ACLEA’s Best Publications award for A Practical Guide to Discovery and Depositions in Rhode Island
Memberships and Affiliations
- Rhode Island Bar Association, Member, 2006–present
- Rhode Island Association for Justice, Member, 2010–present
- American Association for Justice, Member, 2010–present
Education and Admissions
Michael graduated in the top of his class, summa cum laude, from URI, and later graduated from Villanova Law School (J.D.).
He earned admission to the bar in the states of Rhode Island (2006) and Massachusetts (2006) as well as the Federal District Court for the District of Rhode Island (2007).
Notable Case Wins
Sfameni v. Rhode Island Hospital
$61 million judgment following a $40 million jury verdict in eight-day trial in Providence County Superior Court. As of September 2017, when this verdict was returned, it is the largest medical malpractice verdict in Rhode Island history. The plaintiff had his right leg amputated, after he developed severe blood clots as a result of the doctors’ failure to place him on a blood thinner. The jury found that errors made by multiple physicians and physicians-in-training led to the injury.
Willard v. Roger Williams Medical Center
$8.6 million judgment in June 2016 following a three week trial in Providence County in favor of a 54-year-old woman, for delayed treatment of a postoperative spinal infection. The delay followed a miscommunication over a laboratory result which allowed a treatable infection to cause sepsis, damage to the woman’s surgically repaired spine, muscles and ligaments surrounding her spinal column.
Other Trials and Settlements
Confidential multi-million dollar settlement against multiple medical providers following a failure to diagnose a cardiac infection (endocarditis), resulting in a severe stroke and permanent disability in a young husband and father.
Confidential $1 million+ settlement in a birth negligence case involving a hemorrhage from “vasa previa” (a ruptured umbilical cord), resulting in the baby’s death very shortly after birth.
Confidential settlement during trial on behalf of an elderly woman who suffered a lack of blood flow to her legs. The delay in diagnosis resulted in amputation of the left leg and right foot, and many months of pain, disability and loss of independence.
Confidential settlement during trial for the surviving family of a woman who died when doctors did not diagnose a bowel perforation following colonoscopy.