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We offer helpful tips on all types of lawsuits and legal matters — from medical malpractice to wrongful death and more. Stay up to date and informed with the Decof, Decof & Barry blog.

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?
11/22/16

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…

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How Is Fault Determined in a Product Liability Case?
10/27/16

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…

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Product Liability: What You Need to Know
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?
09/26/16

Important Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving

Distracted driving poses risk not only to yourself and the occupants of your vehicle, but the random stranger or strangers whose lives you may impact.  We are so accustomed to cars that we often forget that a car is a deadly weapon.  It is a huge piece of metal, glass and plastic that hurtles along…

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Important Tips to Prevent Distracted Driving
09/20/16

What to Do If You’re in a Car Accident

Automobile accidents are a leading cause of injury and death in the Unites States.  According to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2015, the estimated number of people injured on our nation’s roads increased from 2.34 million to 2.44 million.  Unfortunately, a car accident can happen at any time, so…

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What to Do If You’re in a Car Accident
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