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09/20/17

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…

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What Is The Difference Between Personal Injury And Wrongful Death
07/31/17

What Parents Should Know about Birth Injuries

Each year thousands of children in America are born with preventable birth injuries.  Mismanagement during the prenatal period, during delivery and in the neonatal nursery can lead to devastating neurological and orthopedic problems. Failing to diagnose developing problems throughout the prenatal period and failing to act quickly when signs of distress occur during delivery are…

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What Parents Should Know about Birth Injuries
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
06/20/17

Medical Errors and Surgical Malpractice: What You Should Know

Medical errors occur too often. They are the third leading cause of death in the United States, as reported in a May 2016 research paper authored by physicians at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland and published in the British Journal of Medicine. The authors reported that more than 250,000 deaths per year…

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Medical Errors and Surgical Malpractice: What You Should Know
06/06/17

Personal Injury in a Bicycle Accident

As the weather heats up, many people are dusting off their bicycles, pumping up their tires, and hitting the roads for a ride around town.  Bicycling can be a great method of transportation, a fun way to get some exercise, or both.  However, biking on open roads can be dangerous even when you are trying…

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Personal Injury in a Bicycle Accident
06/02/17

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…

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Why Are Some Politicians Pushing Tort Reform? What You Need to Know
05/15/17

How to Keep Your Child Safe: Defective Toys & Product Liability

It is every parent’s worst nightmare. A small part of a toy purchased or gifted to his or her child that appeared safe dislodges and is ingested, causing a catastrophic choking incident or death. A parent should be able to rely on toy manufacturers to painstakingly and arduously test and retest their toy products to…

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How to Keep Your Child Safe: Defective Toys & Product Liability
05/08/17

How Walking and Texting Can Cause Injury to Others

In previous blog posts, I have written about the dangers inherent in texting while driving.  In this post, I discuss how the action of texting while walking can sometimes cause injury to others.  It is often called distracted walking. When people fail to appreciate their surroundings while walking, they can injure others.  If you log…

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How Walking and Texting Can Cause Injury to Others
05/04/17

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…

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Proposed Tort Reform Threatens Right to a Fair Trial: What You Need to Know
03/28/17

Top Tips on Pursuing a Birth Injury Lawsuit

Birth injuries – injuries to the newborn that occur as part of the labor and delivery process – can happen for a variety of reasons. Due to the excellent work of obstetrical providers in this country, most American children are born safe and healthy. Even among those children who are born with disabilities, most are…

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Top Tips on Pursuing a Birth Injury Lawsuit
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
02/14/17

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…

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What to Think About When Hiring a Wrongful Death Lawyer
01/12/17

What You Need to Know About Personal Injury During the Winter

As evidenced by the recent snowfall of this season, those of us who enjoy the cooler weather and wintertime sports and outdoor activities are thrilled that winter has finally arrived.  Whether you are snowboarding, ice skating, tubing, skiing or just having a good old snowball fight, be aware of the potential dangers and hazards that…

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What You Need to Know About Personal Injury During the Winter
12/21/16

Texting and Driving: What You Need to Know

The dangers of texting while driving are readily apparent.  Texting distracts the driver from focusing on the road.  When a driver’s focus drifts from the road to a phone or mobile device’s screen, accidents are more likely to occur.  Drivers should avoid texting while operating a motor vehicle for numerous reasons, primarily for your safety…

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Texting and Driving: What You Need to Know
12/05/16

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…

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What is “Pain and Suffering” in a Personal Injury Claim?
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