Driverless Cars – A Thing Of The Future?

February 16th, 2018

Imagine yourself calling an Uber to take you and your friends to a bar in downtown Providence. The Uber arrives, but no one is driving. You and your friends are then driven around the city of Providence in a driverless Uber. This sounds like a dream, right? Well, in reality, there may be driverless cars […]

Slip and Fall, Part 2: Notice to Landowner Provable With Recurring Condition

September 25th, 2017

What if you are injured on someone else’s property by falling in a puddle of water caused by a leaky roof?  You are wondering if you have a claim against the landowner. Then you find out that the same puddle and leaking roof were there other times before your fall.  In fact the owner had […]

A Driver’s Duty When Entering an Intersection

September 11th, 2017

Drivers often assume that when they have a green light, and the right of way, they have no further duties when entering an intersection.  However failing to exercise due care at an intersection can lead to serious accidents and subsequent liability, no matter what color the traffic light is. Drivers Cannot Block an Intersection In […]

Rhode Island Courts Protect the Policy Supporting Good Samaritan Actions

September 5th, 2017

“Danger invites rescue. The cry of distress is the summons to relief.”[1] Courts have long recognized that individuals are compelled to stop and help others who are in need. Under Rhode Island’s Good Samaritan Act, not only is an individual unable to ignore the call of distress at the scene of an accident, he or […]

Premises Liability: Landowners Must Have Notice of a Defective Condition Before Injury

June 27th, 2017

Some may think that landowners are responsible for any injury on their premises because they have an affirmative duty to exercise reasonable care for the safety of persons expected on their land, including protecting against the risks of dangerous conditions.  However, many people don’t realize that a landowner must know or have reason to know […]

Damages in RI Wrongful Death Cases With Multiple Defendants

April 27th, 2017

Wrongful Death Cases Require a $250,000 Minimum in Rhode Island How much can the surviving beneficiaries of a person who dies from wrongful acts expect to receive at trial?  Rhode Island law requires a $250,000 minimum recovery for successful wrongful death claimants.  The Wrongful Death statute at R.I. Gen. Laws Section 10-7-2, provides: “Whenever any […]

RI Supreme Court: Testifying Experts’ Documents Not Discoverable by Opposing Parties

November 28th, 2016

Against long-standing practice, the Rhode Island Supreme Court has ruled that a testifying expert’s documents, including draft reports and other materials “considered” by the expert in formulating his or her opinion, are not discoverable. An expert’s notes, testing, draft reports, and other documents considered in formulating his or her opinion are now protected from review […]

Court-Annexed Arbitration is Required to File a Lawsuit in Rhode Island

November 20th, 2014

  Court-Annexed Arbitration is Required When Filing a Lawsuit in Rhode Island 866-LAW-9700 The court-annexed arbitration process is important to understand if you have been in an accident and are considering filing a lawsuit in Rhode Island. We start this process by filing papers with an impartial lawyer or judge in order to be able […]