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09/07/16

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…

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Is Your Home Safe in a Fire?
08/29/16

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. …

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Massachusetts Sees Substantial Rise in Reported Medical Errors
08/22/16

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. …

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Prescriptions & Medical Errors: What You Need to Know
08/10/16

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…

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Top 5 Tips to Stay Safe at the Pool
07/19/16

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…

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How to Keep Your Child Safe on Summer Vacation
06/30/16

Top Tips to Avoid Personal Injury on Independence Day

Cookout season has arrived and most people are preparing for Independence Day celebrations.  With celebrations, however, come accidents at times.  According to the National Safety Council, July is the deadliest month of the year; deaths from preventable incidents are 11 percent higher in July than in any other month.  July’s heightened fatality rate results from,…

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Top Tips to Avoid Personal Injury on Independence Day
06/27/16

When Should Your Child Wear a Helmet? Important Safety Advice

While your child’s opposition to wearing a helmet may be temporary, the brain damage that he or she may suffer from the failure to wear a helmet may be permanent.  Statistics show that wearing a helmet while biking, skating or doing other activities reduces the risk of serious head and brain injury by 85%.  For…

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When Should Your Child Wear a Helmet? Important Safety Advice
06/13/16

5 Factors Every Lawyer Should Look at in a Boating Accident Case

As summer approaches, those who spend time on the water must be wary of potential boating accidents.  In 2015, the U.S. Coast Guard reported 4,158 recreational boating accidents in the United States and its territories.  Those accidents resulted in 626 deaths, 2,613 injuries and approximately $42 million in property damage.  Often times, the parties involved…

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5 Factors Every Lawyer Should Look at in a Boating Accident Case
05/31/16

Five Tips to Promote Safety at the Playground

A playground is a wonderful place for children and parents to have fun, get exercise, and socialize.  It is also one of the primary places where children can get hurt.  According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there are over 200,000 playground injuries each year that require emergency room treatment. These injuries can be catastrophic…

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Five Tips to Promote Safety at the Playground
05/19/16

What Every Hospital Patient Should Think About

According to a recent study in the British Medical Journal by Dr. Martin Makary of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the third most prevalent cause of death for Americans (topped only by heart disease and cancer) is medical error.  Indeed, it is estimated that preventable medical errors cause in excess of 400,000 deaths annually…

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What Every Hospital Patient Should Think About
04/25/16

The Top 5 Things to Know About Personal Injury Cases

When someone suffers a personal injury, often times, the individual is unsure of the key steps to take and not prepared when meeting with an attorney.  As a legal advocate for the families and victims of personal injuries in Providence, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, we at Decof, Decof & Barry handle a wide range of…

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The Top 5 Things to Know About Personal Injury Cases
04/05/16

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,”…

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Victim of Medical Negligence? Know Your Rights
03/24/16

Who Should Seek a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?

Preventable medical errors are the third highest cause of death in the United States, behind only cancer and heart disease.  As recent as 2014, the United States Senate held hearings on preventable medical errors because of the escalation of this problem.  Preventable medical errors are estimated to cause in excess of 400,000 deaths annually in…

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Who Should Seek a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
03/10/16

What You Need to Know About Spinal Cord Injuries and the Law

Spinal cord injuries are the result of traumatic events that can cause varying degrees of permanent and disabling conditions.  They are almost always tragic and life-altering, leaving the victim and his or her loved ones responsible for a variety of needs, including hospitalization, rehabilitation, medical care and expenses for the remainder of the victim’s life;…

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What You Need to Know About Spinal Cord Injuries and the Law
02/25/16

Statute of Limitations – Is It Ever Too Late to Contact a Lawyer?

The short answer is no.  Although it is a sad truth that some people will lose their right to file a lawsuit in court because they waited too long to take legal action; no one should just assume that the statute of limitations has expired on their claim without talking to a lawyer. There are…

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Statute of Limitations – Is It Ever Too Late to Contact a Lawyer?
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