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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
06/23/14

Keep Your Kids Safe in Sports by Using the Right Safety Helmet

We all want to keep our children safe and secure, especially when enjoying healthy sports. Using the right type of helmet is a great start. Taking part in sports is an important part of a healthy lifestyle for kids. But injuries can, and do, occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.6 million children 0-19 years old are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries.

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Keep Your Kids Safe in Sports by Using the Right Safety Helmet
06/10/14

Goodbye Courthouse, Hello Arbitration

The right to access to the courts, and to have a jury of one’s peers consider the evidence and assign fault, is central to our American identity. These rights are enshrined in the federal and state constitutions. Further, the jury trial is a public forum where the defendant(s) actions are brought to light and defendant(s) are held accountable not just to the plaintiff, but to the public at large.

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Goodbye Courthouse, Hello Arbitration
05/27/14

A Look at Prevalence of Medical Errors

Insurance lobbyists and spin-masters across the country have led the American people to believe that there are hundreds of thousands of “frivolous” medical malpractice lawsuits filed every year and very few instances of medical malpractice. The sad fact is that the reverse is true.

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A Look at Prevalence of Medical Errors
05/09/14

Our Civil Justice System Plays Key Role in Car Safety

The GM recall hearings, the Toyota recall hearings, the Firestone recall hearings.  The parade of hearings about manufacturers who knew and did nothing, and regulators who dropped the ball on safety reports, lead us all to one inevitable question:  What does it take to force manufacturers to put people over profits and to improve the…

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Our Civil Justice System Plays Key Role in Car Safety
05/01/14

FIVE QUICK SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS FOR ATTORNEYS

As our collective online presence continues to expand and each individual’s social media activity deepens, lawyers now frequently confront legal issues with respect to their client’s use of internet sites. Yet, there remain few decisions, and even fewer laws, regulating what is legal and ethical for both lawyers and litigants while a court case is…

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FIVE QUICK SOCIAL MEDIA TIPS FOR ATTORNEYS
04/14/14

Do You Know Your Bill of Rights?

Most Americans today know that the First Amendment protects free speech and freedom of religion, the Second Amendment protects some level of gun ownership, and the others, like the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, protect other individual rights.  Ask many people what the Seventh Amendment does, however, and you might be met with blank stares.  It…

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Do You Know Your Bill of Rights?
03/24/14

We Both Took the Same Medication, But Only You Can Sue: Adverse Side Effects of Using Generic Drugs

Assume a doctor prescribes two people the same medication. The two people go to different pharmacists. The first pharmacist fills the prescription with the brand-name medication. The second pharmacist fills the prescription with a generic version of the medication. The chemical compositions of the medications are identical. The warning labels on both medications are identical.…

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We Both Took the Same Medication, But Only You Can Sue: Adverse Side Effects of Using Generic Drugs
03/10/14

How to Find the Best Attorney For Your Case

Some people looking for an attorney have a trusted guide, such as a family member or friend, who can lead them in the right direction towards a competent, dedicated, and honest attorney. Decof, Decof & Barry, P.C. is fortunate to have hundreds of former clients who have recommended their family and friends in that exact…

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How to Find the Best Attorney For Your Case
02/24/14

Increased Air Travel Places Greater Emphasis on Aircraft Liability

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, air travel is expected to dramatically increase over the next two decades. And, while technological improvements and safety improvements are constantly being made, the general aviation fatal accident rate has remained fairly stable over the last few years. In addition, the long-term industry reliance on technical improvements has led…

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Increased Air Travel Places Greater Emphasis on Aircraft Liability
02/13/14

How Medicare is Changing the Way We Pay for Health Care

Recently, the Providence Journal posted an article detailing the release of new Medicare data that highlighted the poor readmission rates for four Rhode Island hospitals (Rhode Island Hospital, Miriam Hospital, Kent Hospital, and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital). The data suggests that these hospitals see patients readmitted for medical attention at rates higher than the national…

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How Medicare is Changing the Way We Pay for Health Care
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