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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
09/15/14

What To Do If You’re Injured by A Defective Product

Bad products inflict serious injuries, even deaths, upon American consumers every day. Whether it is a faulty ignition switch in a car, a defective medical product like a joint implant, or a poorly manufactured household item, the law provides ways to hold manufacturers and sellers accountable. As in any personal injury case, however, you should…

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What To Do If You’re Injured by A Defective Product
08/25/14

Defective and Dangerous Products – Your Rights and Resources

On a daily basis, Americans depend on a host of products to improve their lives.  Everything from our morning coffee, to our medications and our daily commute, involves the use of products.  As consumers, we must be aware of both the benefits and risks of these products.  Typically, the sellers of these products will advise…

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Defective and Dangerous Products – Your Rights and Resources
08/11/14

Improving Hospital Care through Pay-for-Performance under the Affordable Care Act

On March 23, 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act”. This law, commonly referred to as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or “Obamacare”, had two main goals: to lower health insurance rates and to increase the quality of insurance. It sought to do so by lowering the number…

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Improving Hospital Care through Pay-for-Performance under the Affordable Care Act
07/25/14

Addressing Nontraditional Claims in Wrongful Death Lawsuits

In Rhode Island, the spouse of a married person, and the son or daughter of a parent, may recover money damages for the loss of the marital relationship or parental relationship caused by the wrongful death of a married person or parent.  Rhode Island law recognizes that, in certain situations, common law marriages and equitable…

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Addressing Nontraditional Claims in Wrongful Death Lawsuits
07/16/14

The Top Myths about Medical Malpractice Lawsuits

Myth #1: Medical mistakes don’t kill or hurt that many people. FACT: According to an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—right behind heart disease and cancer. The JAMA article estimates that medical errors kill roughly 200,000 patients in the…

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The Top Myths about Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
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