Jennifer A. Barry

Jennifer Barry is an accomplished attorney who focuses her practice on catastrophic personal injury cases, including wrongful death and medical negligence cases. In early 2013, she was appointed by Governor Lincoln Chafee to serve as a member of the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, the licensing board for all physicians in the state. Mrs. Barry is a member of the Rhode Island Association for Justice, and a Fellow of the Rhode Island Bar Foundation. Read full bio.

07/10/17

Pediatric Malpractice: When Children are the Victims

Study after study continues to show that medical malpractice is a significant cause of patient death and injury in the United States. Unfortunately, our most vulnerable patients are at the most risk.  Indeed, children with chronic medical conditions who are hospitalized are significantly more likely to experience medical errors while in the hospital. For example,…

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Pediatric Malpractice: When Children are the Victims
03/08/17

Ways to Childproof Your Home to Avoid Injury

We all know that an injury to a child can happen in mere seconds. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, unintentional injuries, such as those caused by burns, drowning, falls, poisoning and road traffic, are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among children in the United States. However, there are specific…

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Ways to Childproof Your Home to Avoid Injury
10/20/16

When Should You Seek a Personal Injury Lawyer?

When someone suffers a personal injury they often wonder “should I hire a lawyer” or “can I handle this on my own?”  As legal advocates for families and victims who have suffered significant personal injuries, we at Decof, Decof & Barry in Providence, Rhode Island handle a wide variety of personal injury claims and want to take…

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When Should You Seek a Personal Injury Lawyer?
05/19/16

What Every Hospital Patient Should Think About

According to a recent study in the British Medical Journal by Dr. Martin Makary of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the third most prevalent cause of death for Americans (topped only by heart disease and cancer) is medical error.  Indeed, it is estimated that preventable medical errors cause in excess of 400,000 deaths annually…

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What Every Hospital Patient Should Think About
02/08/16

What You Should Know About Medical Device Risks

Tens of millions of Americans have implanted medical devices such as surgical mesh, pacemakers, joint replacements and inferior vena cava filters.  As patients, we assume that someone, somewhere, tested these devices’ safety and effectiveness.  Unfortunately, that is not always true. Back in 2011, a panel from the Institute of Medicine called for the FDA to…

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What You Should Know About Medical Device Risks
10/01/15

What You Should Look for in a Personal Injury Lawyer

There are many lawyers who practice “personal injury” law.  You see their television commercials, billboards and yellow page ads.  But, when a serious accident or medical malpractice causes catastrophic, life altering injuries, the question becomes — not who can handle my case — but who can handle it properly?  In these situations, finding the right…

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What You Should Look for in a Personal Injury Lawyer
05/26/15

Keeping Your Child Safe during Prom Season & Laws on Underage Drinking

High school prom and graduation season is here. While it’s supposed to be an exciting time of year, time and time again, we see families faced with terrible tragedies, mainly because many parents allow their children (and their underage friends) to drink in their home. While it may seem harmless to allow underage children to…

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Keeping Your Child Safe during Prom Season & Laws on Underage Drinking
02/17/15

Auto Accidents:  When Is the Owner Liable?

Automobile accidents can cause serious and life-altering personal injuries, and when they happen, what might seem like a “simple” car accident case can get very complicated.  This is because the biggest issue in these cases very often becomes finding sufficient insurance coverage to fairly compensate those who are injured.  In many of these cases, liability…

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Auto Accidents:  When Is the Owner Liable?
12/09/14

Personal Injury Law Firm DD&B Provides Important Holiday Safety Tips

On average, every year, fire departments respond to 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Don’t let your house be one of them. A safety advocate in the field of law for many years, Decof, Decof & Barry offers the following holiday safety tips to help your…

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Personal Injury Law Firm DD&B Provides Important Holiday Safety Tips
11/10/14

Ebola Brings Patient Safety to the Forefront: The Real Story Behind Tort Reform

Recently, the news has been full of stories about failures to contain the Ebola virus at Texas Health Presbyterian’s emergency room.  The real story, though, is not simply the story of Thomas Eric Duncan, but rather a story of patient safety in general, and what happens when we allow hospitals and medical providers to avoid…

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Ebola Brings Patient Safety to the Forefront: The Real Story Behind Tort Reform
07/25/14

Addressing Nontraditional Claims in Wrongful Death Lawsuits

In Rhode Island, the spouse of a married person, and the son or daughter of a parent, may recover money damages for the loss of the marital relationship or parental relationship caused by the wrongful death of a married person or parent.  Rhode Island law recognizes that, in certain situations, common law marriages and equitable…

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Addressing Nontraditional Claims in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
05/09/14

Our Civil Justice System Plays Key Role in Car Safety

The GM recall hearings, the Toyota recall hearings, the Firestone recall hearings.  The parade of hearings about manufacturers who knew and did nothing, and regulators who dropped the ball on safety reports, lead us all to one inevitable question:  What does it take to force manufacturers to put people over profits and to improve the…

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Our Civil Justice System Plays Key Role in Car Safety
03/04/14

Jennifer A. Barry Appointed to Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline

Providence, Rhode Island – March 4, 2014 – Jennifer A. Barry, an attorney at the personal injury law firm Decof, Decof & Barry, P.C., was the recipient of an impressive designation for a trial lawyer, when she was appointed by Governor Lincoln Chafee to the Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline in 2013.…

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Jennifer A. Barry Appointed to Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline
02/24/14

Increased Air Travel Places Greater Emphasis on Aircraft Liability

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, air travel is expected to dramatically increase over the next two decades. And, while technological improvements and safety improvements are constantly being made, the general aviation fatal accident rate has remained fairly stable over the last few years. In addition, the long-term industry reliance on technical improvements has led…

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Increased Air Travel Places Greater Emphasis on Aircraft Liability
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