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02/11/16

The 5 Latest Facts about Hospital-Acquired Infections & Patient Safety

The most recent study reported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) confirmed that more than 75,000 patients died from infections that they acquired while in a hospital. Although this was an improvement from previous studies, the amount of personal suffering caused by these preventable infections is still staggering.  Here are the five latest facts…

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The 5 Latest Facts about Hospital-Acquired Infections & Patient Safety
02/08/16

What You Should Know About Medical Device Risks

Tens of millions of Americans have implanted medical devices such as surgical mesh, pacemakers, joint replacements and inferior vena cava filters.  As patients, we assume that someone, somewhere, tested these devices’ safety and effectiveness.  Unfortunately, that is not always true. Back in 2011, a panel from the Institute of Medicine called for the FDA to…

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What You Should Know About Medical Device Risks
01/25/16

Top Things an Attorney Should Examine in a Traumatic Brain Injury Case

For personal injury attorneys, clients who suffer from a traumatic brain injury can present some of the most complicated and difficult cases to investigate and present to a jury.  Some brain injuries are readily apparent due to the severity of the physical impact to the skull and brain or the client’s unmistakable injuries.  Other traumatic…

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Top Things an Attorney Should Examine in a Traumatic Brain Injury Case
01/11/16

How to Find the Best Attorney for Your Case

While there are several factors to consider when selecting an attorney, there are key steps you can take during this process.  The attorneys at Decof, Decof & Barry offer this list of top tips that will be useful to you, if you are in search of a lawyer. These tips originally appear in our post,…

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How to Find the Best Attorney for Your Case
12/14/15

3 Important Tips You Should Know about Your Doctor’s Visit & Medical Records

There are many reasons why an individual sees a medical provider.  They could be due to a new or worsening medical complaint (shortness of breath, pain or swelling) or injuries from a recent trauma (slip and fall, bicycle accident, car accident or other related injury).  Depending on the circumstances, you may go to the emergency…

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3 Important Tips You Should Know about Your Doctor’s Visit & Medical Records
12/02/15

Why Forced Arbitration Should Be Avoided at All Costs

Arbitration is a process where parties subject to a dispute agree to submit their dispute to an arbitrator or a panel of arbitrators.  Arbitration can be voluntary, meaning that both sides agree to submit their dispute to arbitration after a dispute arises.  It can also be forced, meaning that nursing homes and companies bury forced…

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Why Forced Arbitration Should Be Avoided at All Costs
11/24/15

Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips from Decof, Decof & Barry

At Decof, Decof & Barry, P.C., we built our reputation on making people who are responsible for harming others pay for the damage they cause. We only represent individuals who have been injured by medical malpractice or the negligence of others (wrongful death cases, car accidents, products liability claims, etc.). And, while we always invite…

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Thanksgiving Cooking Safety Tips from Decof, Decof & Barry
10/27/15

Top Tips to Avoid Injury to Children This Halloween

Halloween is a time of fun and excitement for kids and grown-ups alike.  With appropriate care and attention, everyone involved can have a good time and end their night safe and sound.  Statistics tell us, however, that Halloween presents some special safety risks, especially to children. For instance, in 2013, Safe Kids Worldwide, a global…

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Top Tips to Avoid Injury to Children This Halloween
10/01/15

What You Should Look for in a Personal Injury Lawyer

There are many lawyers who practice “personal injury” law.  You see their television commercials, billboards and yellow page ads.  But, when a serious accident or medical malpractice causes catastrophic, life altering injuries, the question becomes — not who can handle my case — but who can handle it properly?  In these situations, finding the right…

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What You Should Look for in a Personal Injury Lawyer
09/23/15

IOM Report Says Patient Misdiagnosis Is a Leading Type of Medical Malpractice Claims

The failure to diagnose or to timely diagnose a medical condition constitutes a significant portion of medical malpractice claims.  Historically, there has not been a comprehensive study of the frequency of diagnostic errors and the consequences of these failures to diagnose.  But, a recent report titled Improving Diagnosis in Health Care by the Institute of…

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IOM Report Says Patient Misdiagnosis Is a Leading Type of Medical Malpractice Claims
09/09/15

What You Need to Know about Construction Accidents & Worker’s Compensation

Sadly, year after year, we hear about accidents at a construction site — some causing serious injuries and some causing death. For instance, news stories revealed several tragic incidents in the U.S. over the last year. A year ago, in Georgetown, Idaho, a construction crew was working on a new sewage system for the city…

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What You Need to Know about Construction Accidents & Worker’s Compensation
08/25/15

How Choosing the Wrong Auto Mechanic Led to a Fatal Injury

A Vermont auto mechanic was recently arrested on charges of manslaughter and reckless endangerment in connection with passing the state inspection on a defective car that later crashed and killed a woman, as reported by the Burlington Free Press.  The mechanic reportedly inspected the victim’s 1992 Chevrolet Corsica vehicle, eight weeks prior to the brakes…

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How Choosing the Wrong Auto Mechanic Led to a Fatal Injury
08/19/15

Life after a Traumatic Brain Injury:  How to Help a Loved One

I often represent individuals who sustain serious injuries as a result of someone else’s carelessness.  Usually, I can easily discern my clients’ injuries by simply looking at them.  Occasionally, however, my clients’ injuries include a closed head traumatic brain injury.  This type of injury can seriously disrupt one’s life even though it is not discernible,…

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Life after a Traumatic Brain Injury:  How to Help a Loved One
08/03/15

Defective Products Can Sometimes Cause Personal Injury:  Tips on How to Identify the Manufacturer & Recover Damages

Imagine you purchase a power saw from your local hardware supplier, and the product turns out to be defective and causes you injury.  In the normal course of events, you can bring a lawsuit against the seller of the product and the manufacturer of the product for the harm you suffered.  One modern wrinkle in…

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Defective Products Can Sometimes Cause Personal Injury:  Tips on How to Identify the Manufacturer & Recover Damages
06/30/15

Drug Addict Put Innocent Hospital Patients in Danger

It is a common and mostly accurate perception of the American public that hospitals are in the business of protecting their patients’ health and saving lives. Newsweek’s recent cover story, “Hospital Horror Story,” turns that perception upside down. The article tells the story of David Kwiatkowski, a radiology technician at the center of one of…

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Drug Addict Put Innocent Hospital Patients in Danger
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