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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
09/03/13

Don’t Blame Lawsuits for High Medical Costs

Don’t Blame Lawsuits For High Medical Costs – Anthony R. Leone II & Patrick C. Barry Providence Journal Article

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Don’t Blame Lawsuits for High Medical Costs
05/13/13

7th Amendment Blog Explains Right to Civil Jury Trials

Visit the 7thamendmentadvocate.org blog to learn about your civil justice rights. The site is the home of the Seventh Amendment Advocate, the leading law blog on civil justice issues. It explains the history, importance and relevance of the American right to civil jury trials. The United States Constitution protects the crucial 7th Amendment right in…

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7th Amendment Blog Explains Right to Civil Jury Trials
04/08/13

USA Today News Piece on Foreign Bodies Left Inside Patients After Surgery

USA Today recently reported on the all-too-common occurrence of foreign bodies left inside patients after surgery. Some of these victims lose parts of their intestines; some don’t survive. Hospitalizations involving a lost sponge or instrument carry an average cost of more than $60,000. New sponge-tracking systems, however, typically add just $8 to $12 to an…

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USA Today News Piece on Foreign Bodies Left Inside Patients After Surgery
02/27/13

NYT Reports: Federal Judge Approves Guilty Plea by Deepwater Horizon

When a corporation makes fatally dangerous decisions, the consequences can go beyond a civil suit. The New York Times (February 15, 2013) reports that a federal judge in New Orleans has approved the guilty plea by the corporate owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, along with a $400 million criminal penalty. Transocean’s actions, and…

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NYT Reports: Federal Judge Approves Guilty Plea by Deepwater Horizon
02/12/13

Five Myths of Medical Malpractice

Some of the myths about the supposedly faulty medical malpractice system are addressed in a new study published in the January 2013 issue of ” CHEST,” the official journal of the American College of Chest Physicians.” Titled, “Five Myths of Medical Malpractice,” the study lists five famous myths, then debunks them with real facts. https://journal.publications.chestnet.org/article.aspx?articleid=1512512#SomeTruthsAbouttheMedicalMalpracticeSystem

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Five Myths of Medical Malpractice
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