AREAS OF PRACTICE
PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS
As personal injury attorneys located in Rhode Island, we handle personal injury claims or lawsuits that involve injuries one sustains as a result of acts and/or omissions of another person, party, company or corporation. The injury sustained is generally as a result of the negligence of the other party.
There are a number of subtopics of personal injuries, however the most common include those injuries occurring in automobile accidents, trucking and/or tractor trailer accidents, SUV and motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, wrongful death claims, industrial accidents and/or construction site accidents.
Injuries typically run the range from soft tissue, muscular sprains and strains, orthopedic and neurological nerve and disc injuries, surgical intervention, scarring injuries, burn injuries, closed head and/or traumatic brain injuries and wrongful death claims.
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE LAWYER
Medical malpractice or medical negligence is the occurrence of an injury or sometimes, death as a result of the treatment or mistreatment of a patient by a doctor, physician, hospital or other healthcare provider.
Medical malpractice or medical negligence can include a physicians failure to properly perform a surgical procedure, a physicians failure to properly diagnosis and treat a medical condition, or the misdiagnosis of a medical condition. Medical malpractice also includes a physicians failure to obtain consent from the patient before performing a surgical or medical procedure.
A claim for medical malpractice and medical negligence, can also include a hospital or other healthcare facilities failure to properly care for a patient, including providing inadequate care, the misdiagnosis of a medical condition, the improper administering of medication or the facilities failure to obtain consent from the patient to perform such medical care.
WRONGFUL DEATH ATTORNEY
A wrongful death claim can include an act or omission or an act of negligence on the part of another person, party or corporation, which results in the death of a person.
The act or omission or act of negligence can be the result of an automobile accident, tractor-trailer accident, motorcycle accident, medical malpractice claim, a products liability claim, or a construction or industrial site accident.
A wrongful death claim includes a claim for any pain and suffering occurring prior to the death of the individual. It also includes the economic loses of the individual, the medical expenses incurred as well as the loss of consortium and companionship suffered by those spouses, parents or minor children who survive the decedent.
In Rhode Island there is a statutory minimum recover of $250,000.00.
CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER
If a traffic mishap has you looking for car accident lawyer, experience is crucial and our firm has successfully litigated a wide variety of personal injury claims involving accident for drivers and occupants of both commercial and personal vehicles.
An automobile accident which includes an accident involving any type of motorized vehicle, including automobiles, SUV’s, trucks, tractor-trailers and motorcycles are the most common cause of a person’s personal injury or wrongful death claim.
The negligence of another in the operation of their vehicle causing the collision and proximately causing the personal injury or wrongful death gives rise to the claim or lawsuit. The claim includes those injuries or death suffered, pain and suffering, medical expenses incurred, scarring, and economic loses including lost wages and a loss or earning capacity.
The negligent operation of a vehicle often includes the failure of the driver to obey a standard rule of the road, excessive speed, failure to properly stop or yield at designated intersections or failure to yield the appropriate right of way to other vehicles.
The negligence of the operator of a vehicle is imputed to the owner of the vehicle, as long as the owner has provided consent to the driver.
PRODUCTS LIABILITY LAWYER
A products liability claim or lawsuit is a subtopic of personal injury law. Companies, corporations and/or manufacturers of products, which are defective and cause injury or death, can be liable to the individual for the defect of the product.
A products liability claim can be founded in negligence, a breach of warranty and a strict liability claim. A product can be unsafe and can cause injury or death when there is a defect in the manufacturing or design phase of the product. The failure to warn or to properly warn the consumer of the proper use or safety concerns of a product can also lead to a claim under product liability.
Companies, corporations and manufactures which produce or sell such products owe a responsibility to the consumer to insure that the products are safe, safe for their intended use, and will not result in injuries or death during the use of the product.
Insurance law in Rhode Island includes a wide array of subtopics, too numerous to include or address at this time. The insurance defense provided by the Firm includes the defense of personal injury claims and liability claims.
Insurance law includes the issue of indemnification, the duty to defend, negligence and the proximate cause of the occurrence and subsequent injuries or death.
The area of insurance law also includes uninsured motorist claims, bad faith litigation and coverage determinations under the Declaratory Judgment Act.
ASBESTOS – MESOTHELIOMA
Malignant mesothelioma is a cancer found in the pleural (the lining of the lung) or the peritoneal (or abdomen), which is generally inoperable untreatable and incurable. The most common forms of mesothelioma effect the lining of the lung or the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Asbestos exposure is the main cause and often considered the only cause of malignant mesothelioma. Malignant mesothelioma is the most serious of all asbestos related cancers. Mesothelioma has a long latency, and patient often have asbestos exposure many years before the cancer develops.
Pleural mesothelioma is found within the chest cavity and often involves the lung. Symptoms include pain in the chest, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, weight loss and sometimes fevers. Peritoneal mesothelioma spreads within the abdominal cavity. The most common symptoms include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and sometimes fevers.
Asbestosis is a scarring of the lung caused by the inhalation of asbestos. Exposure to asbestos is the main cause of a diagnosis of asbestosis. It is widely viewed that asbestosis is related at least to some extent to the intensity and/or duration of the exposure to asbestos. It has a fairly long latency period, after the initial exposure to asbestos.
The most common symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and chest pain.
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LEAD PAINT POISONING
Children suffering from lead paint poisoning in Rhode Island may be entitled to compensation from the companies and landlords responsible for their lead paint poisoning injuries.
Children diagnosed with lead poisoning often suffer from neurological damage, attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, behavior problems, speech and memory issues and renal damage.
We have the knowledge and experience to assist in the proper diagnosis and medical treatment for the lead paint poisoning children in Rhode Island as well as to conduct the proper investigation and testing to determine the responsible party.
ARBITRATION OR MEDIATION
Arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution, which advocates the use of techniques in resolving legal disputes without the need for litigation. The guidelines of an arbitration hearing can vary between and among the parties. It is common that the parties will submit their dispute to a neutral or impartial person, or panel of impartial persons for a final and binding decision relative to the dispute. Arbitrators are often attorneys with an expertise in a particular field. The arbitration is a less formal procedure than a courtroom trial. It is often viewed as a less expensive and more time efficient forum in which to litigate a dispute.
Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution, which advocates the use of techniques in resolving legal disputes without the need for litigation. A mediation brings the parties of the dispute together in an attempt to resolve their differences out of court. The parties will meet with a neutral person (the mediator) who will assist and/or advise them in reaching an agreeable resolution of their dispute. The mediator will not decide issues and/or make binding decisions, but will discuss separately with the parties their dispute and position in the claim in an attempt to reach a resolution acceptable by all parties.
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