Civil Suit Can Bring Justice For Victims Left Short By Criminal Process

November 16th, 2014 | Wrongful death

A wrongful death lawsuit recently filed in Colorado demonstrates how a civil case may help to bring justice when the criminal process fails. In 2013 Natalie Egleston, 48, was killed in a skiing accident in Colorado. According to her wrongful death lawsuit, the defendant, Virginia Chen, was “skiing wildly and out of control” resulting in a collision with Egleston… Read More

GM Ignition Switch Update: GM Withheld Massive Replacement Parts Order

November 11th, 2014 | Recalls

The General Motors ignition switch scandal has been going on for months now, but shows no signs of slowing down.   Back in April we wrote in our RI Personal Injury Law blog about the massive GM recall from this defect.  The Wall Street Journal now reports that a set of emails, not previously disclosed, shows GM placing an “urgent” order for 500,000 replacement… Read More

Dangerous Levels of Distraction Found With Voice-Control Devices

November 6th, 2014 | Distracted driving

Drivers who multitask in their cars used to take solace knowing that voice-control devices – such as Bluetooth phones and navigational systems – allow them to talk on the phone, follow driving directions, and control car functions without using their hands. And by not using their hands, drivers reasonably assumed that they would be less distracted… Read More

Mike Bottaro Garners Sixth Straight “Super Lawyer” Award

November 5th, 2014 | News

The Rhode Island Monthly magazine’s November 2014 edition announced that Mike Bottaro has been named a “Super Lawyer” for his sixth straight year.  Mike received recognition as a “Rising Star” in the Rhode Island personal injury lawyer category.  He garnered similar recognition in each of the years 2009-2013. Super Lawyers is: “… a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more… Read More

NHTSA Warns Car Owners to Replace Takata Airbags

October 30th, 2014 | News

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is urgently warning owners of 7.8 million vehicles–mostly older vehicles–to replace defective airbags manufactured by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.  Regulators are concerned that defective airbag canisters could explode during an auto accident, releasing shrapnel that could cause personal injuries to car drivers and passengers. The list of affected vehicles… Read More

Hockey Fan Injury Leads to Negligence Suit Seeking Better Netting

October 27th, 2014 | News

With the kickoff of the Providence Bruins hockey season, as RI personal injury lawyers, we remind fans of safety tips during hockey games. Pucks striking fans in the stands have caused unfortunate injuries. However, the odds of being injured may be reduced by sitting towards the center of the rink where the puck rarely enters the… Read More

What to Do Before and After Surgery

October 20th, 2014 | Helpful tips

One of the toughest parts of any Rhode Island personal injury case is the road to recovery. Whether it is a RI car accident, motorcycle accident, slip and fall or medical malpractice, regaining one’s independence and health is a difficult and potentially lengthy process. In some cases, surgery may be an important step in getting… Read More

Challenging Courtroom Stereotypes of Motorcyclists

October 20th, 2014 | Motorcycle accidents

The public’s perception of motorcyclists involved in accidents is generally that they are more dangerous on the road than other drivers. They are perceived as riding loud bikes, wearing leather and just generally not being safe on the road. How do we change the jury’s perception during a trial? With all of these negative preconceptions,… Read More

National Teen Driver Safety Week: October 19-25, 2014

October 19th, 2014 | Featured

Today kicks off National Teen Driver Safety Week from October 19-25, 2014.  Teen driving safety is a major concern for any parent. While a new teen driver can be an important milestone, parents need to know that teenagers make up an alarmingly high percentage of fatal accidents in the United States, and Rhode Island and Massachusetts are no… Read More

Wrongful Death Action Filed After High School Football Player Collapses From HCM

October 11th, 2014 | News

The parents of a South Carolina high school football player who died on the field filed a wrongful death action against several local and state agencies, as reported by the Hartsville Messenger. The tragic incident occurred on October 5, 2012. Ronald Rouse, 18 years old, collapsed twice on the field during a game with his parents sitting in… Read More

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