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06/22/15

New Supreme Court Decision Extends Parents’ Claims until Injured Child Turns 18

The Rhode Island Supreme Court recently issued a landmark decision that gives the parents of an injured child a second chance to file their medical malpractice claims if they failed to do so within the child’s first three years.  The decision changes how the statute of limitations works, and opens the door to reviving some…

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New Supreme Court Decision Extends Parents’ Claims until Injured Child Turns 18
05/26/15

Keeping Your Child Safe during Prom Season & Laws on Underage Drinking

High school prom and graduation season is here. While it’s supposed to be an exciting time of year, time and time again, we see families faced with terrible tragedies, mainly because many parents allow their children (and their underage friends) to drink in their home. While it may seem harmless to allow underage children to…

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Keeping Your Child Safe during Prom Season & Laws on Underage Drinking
05/05/15

Criminal vs. Civil Case in Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez

Now that former New England Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez has been convicted of murder in the first degree, what will happen to the civil case that has been filed for the “wrongful death” of Odin Lloyd? Criminal Case When Mr. Hernandez was convicted for the murder of Odin Lloyd (either by firing the weapon…

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Criminal vs. Civil Case in Wrongful Death Lawsuit against Former New England Patriot Aaron Hernandez
04/27/15

Trampolines Aren’t Toys and Trampoline Injuries Can Be Life-Altering

Multiple statistics and studies plainly show that backyard trampolines are dangerous to children.  The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has determined that in the year 2012 alone, there were 94,900 emergency room visits for trampoline injuries. Injuries to children include broken bones and spinal cord injuries causing paralysis, as well as less serious bumps and…

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Trampolines Aren’t Toys and Trampoline Injuries Can Be Life-Altering
04/14/15

Tort Liability Theories Emerge After Lufthansa Flight Tragedy

On March 24, 2015, Germanwings’ pilot Andreas Lubitz locked himself into the cockpit of Flight 4U9525 and deliberately crashed the plane into a French Alpine hillside, according to authorities.  As part of his suicide plan, Mr. Lubitz murdered 149 innocent people including three Americans.  It appears that Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Germanwings’ parent company, may be…

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Tort Liability Theories Emerge After Lufthansa Flight Tragedy
03/30/15

Important Springtime Bicycle Safety Tips

Now that spring has officially sprung, many of us will be participating in outdoor activities. As much as we all want to be outside and active, we must keep our children’s safety in mind when they participate in any sport, including outdoor sports, such as bike riding. Wearing a helmet is the critical component of reducing…

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Important Springtime Bicycle Safety Tips
03/18/15

Serving Overseas and Forced Out of U.S. Courts

Forced arbitration clauses are now threatening soldiers and sailors serving and protecting America overseas. Congress passed the Service members Civil Relief Act (SCRA) to provide protections from repossession and foreclosure for U.S. military personnel serving overseas. But as a recent New York Times article illustrates, the consumer lending industry — the companies responsible for your car and…

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Serving Overseas and Forced Out of U.S. Courts
02/23/15

Are Some Slip and Fall Accidents Due To Negligence?

Sometimes, people slip and fall.  Young and old, men and women; everyone falls.  Most of the time, it’s nobody’s fault.  Even more of the time, no one gets hurt. Sometimes, however, someone slips and falls and is seriously injured because of another’s carelessness or laziness.  Unfortunately, in our society today, the careless typically will not…

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Are Some Slip and Fall Accidents Due To Negligence?
02/17/15

Auto Accidents:  When Is the Owner Liable?

Automobile accidents can cause serious and life-altering personal injuries, and when they happen, what might seem like a “simple” car accident case can get very complicated.  This is because the biggest issue in these cases very often becomes finding sufficient insurance coverage to fairly compensate those who are injured.  In many of these cases, liability…

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Auto Accidents:  When Is the Owner Liable?
01/29/15

Two Years Later – A Look at Massachusetts’ Attempt to Reform Medical Malpractice

In November of 2012, Massachusetts passed a new law aimed at reforming the initiation of medical malpractice lawsuits (full text here). The law, enacted as Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 231 §60L, imposed a six-month “cooling off” period on victims who claim to be injured by the medical malpractice of a doctor or nurse. As a…

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Two Years Later – A Look at Massachusetts’ Attempt to Reform Medical Malpractice
12/23/14

GM Ignition Switch Recall Issue & the Value of the Civil Justice System

In a perfect world, individuals and corporations would police themselves. He, she or it could recognize the problem, diagnose its cause, and implement the solution without the need of outside investigators or the threat of a lawsuit. But we do not live in a perfect world. Some people and companies will not recognize that a…

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GM Ignition Switch Recall Issue & the Value of the Civil Justice System
12/09/14

Personal Injury Law Firm DD&B Provides Important Holiday Safety Tips

On average, every year, fire departments respond to 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). Don’t let your house be one of them. A safety advocate in the field of law for many years, Decof, Decof & Barry offers the following holiday safety tips to help your…

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Personal Injury Law Firm DD&B Provides Important Holiday Safety Tips
11/10/14

Ebola Brings Patient Safety to the Forefront: The Real Story Behind Tort Reform

Recently, the news has been full of stories about failures to contain the Ebola virus at Texas Health Presbyterian’s emergency room.  The real story, though, is not simply the story of Thomas Eric Duncan, but rather a story of patient safety in general, and what happens when we allow hospitals and medical providers to avoid…

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Ebola Brings Patient Safety to the Forefront: The Real Story Behind Tort Reform
10/28/14

Daylight Savings Can Save Your Living Daylights

As a law firm dedicated to serving the needs of injured persons, Decof, Decof & Barry typically sees clients in the aftermath of personal tragedies. We proudly help our clients recover compensation from those persons responsible for their harm. Through our efforts, we strive to make our clients’ futures a bit brighter and easier. We…

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Daylight Savings Can Save Your Living Daylights
09/26/14

New Study Proves Tort Reform Does Not Reduce Health Care Costs

Imagine a family member suffers severe injuries or death as a result of medical negligence, and then you find out that your state has a law which limits the amount of damages that you can legally recover? More than one-half of states have “tort reform” measures which put a limit on the compensation sought by…

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New Study Proves Tort Reform Does Not Reduce Health Care Costs
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