What Happens When a Personal Injury Case Goes to Trial?
While most personal injury cases settle before trial, not all do. In particular, the complex cases handled by the trial lawyers at Decof, Decof & Barry – such as medical malpractice, birth injuries, product liability and others – often require a trial to secure justice. What does this mean to a victim? The first phase…Read More
Is Sorry Enough? Apology Laws and Medical Errors
The “Just Say We’re Sorry” movement gaining popularity in the medical field is a poor response to the epidemic of medical errors that plagues our country. Many states have enacted “Apology Laws” that allow doctors and hospitals to corral a victim and their family, explain why and how they caused a life-changing injury during treatment,…Read More
Industrial Accidents – What Should You Do?
The workplace can be a place of great danger. Assembly lines, shop floors, warehouses and construction sites all present certain risks of personal injury, or even death. But what if such an event is caused not by inherent risks in such activity, but by the carelessness or inattention of others on or in charge of the…Read More
Why Are Some Politicians Pushing Tort Reform? What You Need to Know
As discussed in my May 4th blog post, “Proposed Tort Reform Threatens Right to a Fair Trial: What You Need to Know,” the attempts to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act include an insidious component—medical liability tort reform. These efforts would impose “caps” on damages awarded by juries, and additional unfair burdens on a…Read More
Proposed Tort Reform Threatens Right to a Fair Trial: What You Need to Know
Efforts to limit the Constitutional rights of Americans have gained traction with President Trump’s election and full Republican control of the Congress. In particular, renewed efforts at medical malpractice “tort reform” threaten the Seventh Amendment rights of victims of medical negligence. Big insurance companies and their lobbyists are also to blame. While the “repeal and…Read More
What to Think About When Hiring a Wrongful Death Lawyer
The unexpected death of a loved one is always a traumatic event. When that death may be due to the carelessness of another person, however, the trauma is even more severe. This area of civil litigation is known generally as “wrongful death.” The effects on the surviving family can cause unparalleled turmoil. The central question…Read More
What is “Pain and Suffering” in a Personal Injury Claim?
News stories about lawsuits or jury awards for “pain and suffering” are often misunderstood. Make no mistake – they are “real” results of physical injuries and worthy of compensation. Nonetheless, a little explanation might help you gain a better understanding. The concept of “pain and suffering” is meant to capture the numerous results of a…Read More
How Is Fault Determined in a Product Liability Case?
Malfunctioning airbags. Exploding cell phones. Toxic ingredients in our food. News stories are replete with examples of consumer products not fit for their stated purpose. Americans are needlessly exposed to dangers from such items on a regular basis. Did you know that companies that make or sell defective products and goods may be liable for…Read More
Product Liability: What You Need to Know
Makers and sellers of consumer products come in all shapes and sizes. Some are major manufacturing corporations that have well-known “household” names. Others are small businesses, often privately-held, and difficult to identify. Still others may be foreign companies exporting products into this country. When someone is hurt due to a product defect or malfunction, where…Read More
Is Your Home Safe in a Fire?
Recent reports of fires in Middletown, Pawtucket and other Rhode Island locations reflect the tragic nature of house fires. Such media reports, especially with fatal fires, often raise an important question – was the smoke detector working? A missing or defective smoke detector may be implicated in a Labor Day house fire in Middletown that…Read More
Victim of Medical Negligence? Know Your Rights
Study after study shows that medical malpractice continues to be a leading cause of patient harm in this country. Negligent acts by a doctor or other care provider are no different than negligent acts by any other professional, such as an accountant, engineer, or even a lawyer. A victim of professional negligence, also called “malpractice,”…Read More
Top Tips to Avoid Injury to Children This Halloween
Halloween is a time of fun and excitement for kids and grown-ups alike. With appropriate care and attention, everyone involved can have a good time and end their night safe and sound. Statistics tell us, however, that Halloween presents some special safety risks, especially to children. For instance, in 2013, Safe Kids Worldwide, a global…Read More
Trampolines Aren’t Toys and Trampoline Injuries Can Be Life-Altering
Multiple statistics and studies plainly show that backyard trampolines are dangerous to children. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has determined that in the year 2012 alone, there were 94,900 emergency room visits for trampoline injuries. Injuries to children include broken bones and spinal cord injuries causing paralysis, as well as less serious bumps and…Read More
What To Do If You’re Injured by A Defective Product
Bad products inflict serious injuries, even deaths, upon American consumers every day. Whether it is a faulty ignition switch in a car, a defective medical product like a joint implant, or a poorly manufactured household item, the law provides ways to hold manufacturers and sellers accountable. As in any personal injury case, however, you should…Read More
Keep Your Kids Safe in Sports by Using the Right Safety Helmet
We all want to keep our children safe and secure, especially when enjoying healthy sports. Using the right type of helmet is a great start. Taking part in sports is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for kids. But injuries can, and do, occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.6 million children 0-19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries.Read More