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…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 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…Read More
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…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
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…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
Massachusetts Sees Substantial Rise in Reported Medical Errors
The incidence of medical errors at hospitals is on the rise in Massachusetts. In 2015, Massachusetts hospitals and ambulatory surgical centers disclosed 1,313 “serious reportable events” or errors that either harmed or threatened a patient, according to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and as reported in the Boston Globe. In 2014, there were 831 reported events. …Read More
Prescriptions & Medical Errors: What You Need to Know
Heart disease and cancer remain, year after year, the two leading causes of death in the United States. Capturing the bronze – medical errors. Medical errors. According to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine, more than 250,000 Americans die each year from medical errors, taking a back seat to heart disease and cancer only. …Read More
Top 5 Tips to Stay Safe at the Pool
When the weather is hot, swimming pools provide a fantastic way for the family to cool off and relax, exercise or play. The very pools that are responsible for summer fun, however, are also responsible for thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths annually. According to Pool Safely, an average of 5,600 children are treated…Read More
How to Keep Your Child Safe on Summer Vacation
School is out and children are free of the classroom until the fall. While kids rejoice upon reaching this annual period of freedom, parents who are unable to supervise their child at all times may, naturally, experience some anxiety during this time. Keeping in mind the many difficult realities of parenting under these circumstances, the attorneys…Read More