Are You a Victim of Misprescription and Drug Addiction?
The United States is experiencing an epidemic of drug overdose (poisoning) deaths. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin). The CDC recently analyzed multiple cause-of-death mortality data to examine current trends and characteristics…Read More
How to Legally Prevent Unexpected Medical Bills
Nationwide nearly one in three Americans with private insurance received a surprise medical bill between 2014 and 2016. A surprise medical bill is an unexpected bill from an out–of–network provider or from a provider not chosen by a patient. Surprise medical billing happens when a patient goes to a hospital, emergency room or doctor’s office…Read More
What are the Time Limits to Make a Wrongful Death Case?
In Rhode Island, the legislature has enacted the Rhode Island Wrongful Death Statute, also referred to as the Death by Wrongful Act (Law § 10-7-1, et. Seq). There are different sections within the Wrongful Death Act in Rhode Island detailing the following aspects: the types of damages recoverable, by whom the damages are recoverable, who…Read More
What is the Timeline for a Personal Injury Suit?
“It depends.” This is a typical response given by a lawyer in response to any question, but there are good reasons for it. For example, when determining how long you have to file a lawsuit, such as a personal injury case, facts matter. Little details, some known to a client and many unknown, can affect…Read More
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
Important Facts on Airline Liability & Legal Policies
When dealing with airplane troubles, whether it may be delayed flights or onboard injury, it is critical to examine airline liability. The Federal Aviation Administration recently reported that approximately 2.5 million airline passengers fly in and out of U.S. airports daily! During peak hours, there are approximately 5,000 aircraft in the sky at any given…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
Can You Sue the VA For Medical Malpractice? Here’s What You Need to Know
Every patient has a right to safe and competent medical treatment. Unfortunately, this does not always happen and medical errors have become far too common. A recent series of articles published by USA Today points out that many patients treated in Veterans Administration hospitals and clinics are not receiving the timely and competent care they…Read More
Eating Out: What You Need to Know About Restaurant Safety
We all enjoy a great night out at a high-end restaurant, grabbing a few beers at the bar while watching the game, or a brunch on the weekends at the neighborhood joint. We never want anything to ruin our experiences when we go out. But sometimes bad things happen and injuries can occur. Here are…Read More
How to File a Premises Liability Claim for an Office Accident
With the average working American spending up to 40 or more hours at their place of employment each week, it should come as no surprise that workplace accidents occur frequently. Sometimes accidents are just that, accidents. Other times, those accidents are the result of the negligence of your employer or third parties. In whatever the…Read More
Holiday Travel: What You Need to Know about Personal Injury Claims
Planes, trains, and automobiles. Taxis, Ubers, and Lyfts. North, south, east and west. During the holidays, Americans travel by many different methods in various directions. Unfortunately, problems – big and small – can follow. From pedestrian collisions at the airport to falls at…Read More
Can Social Media Impact Your Personal Injury Claim?
If you have a personal injury or medical malpractice case (or, if one day you might have one), your social media postings and online activity could unravel even the strongest claim. It is now a frequent occurrence for an injury victim’s posts or social media activity to negatively impact their lawsuit. Nearly every personal injury lawyer…Read More
Medical Malpractice and Prescription Abuse in Nursing Homes: What You Need to Know
With the increasing elderly population, incidences of prescription errors are on the rise. One study suggests that approximately one in five prescriptions given to elderly persons are unnecessary and may lead to high risk adverse events in nursing homes. This inappropriate medication prescription has been defined as any prescription that introduces a “significant risk of…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
What Is The Difference Between Personal Injury And Wrongful Death
At Decof, Decof & Barry we represent individuals and families pursuing personal injury claims. A personal injury claim refers to a broad class of claims for damages due to the fault of another. A wrongful death claim is a subcategory of personal injury claims in which death results. A wrongful death claim is brought by…Read More