Court Rules Inmate Serving Life Sentence can’t Sue after being Attacked

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has swatted down a lawsuit by an inmate serving a life sentence. It ruled that such inmates are prohibited from filing suit because the law sees them as “dead.”

The lawsuit was brought against the Department of Corrections by Dana Gallop, an inmate serving two life sentences plus 45 years, for killing a rival gang member and shooting a bystander outside of a Providence nightclub in 2008. While imprisoned, Gallop was attacked by another inmate who slashed him with a razor blade, leaving a gash that took 60 stitches to close and a scar across his face.

The law states that individuals serving life sentences are “civilly dead” meaning that they are considered dead for all purposes of marriage, property ownership, and all civil rights. These people are seen as dead to the state at the moment of their conviction, even as they are, in actuality, alive and imprisoned.

Gallop’s attorney, Ronald J. Resmini, called the ruling “very disappointing” and dismissed the state’s civil-death statute as “moronic”. Rhode Island is “the only state left with the archaic law,” he elaborated.

The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini took on this case after being contacted by Gallop and growing outraged by the facts. This unfair ruling is incredibly concerning for those who believe in accountability in the prison system and the rights of those in its care.

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New Law Makes Driving while Holding Your Mobile Device Illegal in Rhode Island

A law that went into effect on June 1 makes it illegal to hold your cell phone/mobile device in your hand while operating a vehicle.

Police plan to fiercely enforce the law. Individuals caught using their phones while driving will be issued a $100 fine the first time. However, the fine can be waived if you are able to show that you’ve purchased a hands-free solution for your car, such as a mount. This is because the law does not prohibit hands-free use of mobile devices.

The law is designed to combat distracted driving, which causes numerous serious car accidents every year. The intention is not to be inconvenient, but rather to save lives.

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Former Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter to Join Resmini Law Offices

The entire team here at Resmini Law Offices are proud to welcome attorney Sam Sutter to the firm. Attorney Sutter has practiced law since 1984 and has served citizens in Rhode Island in many different capacities for decades. He has worked as an assistant District Attorney, District Attorney, and as Mayor of Fall River, and has dedicated his life to the service of the citizens of this great state.

Read the official press release here, or watch the video above for more information on this welcome addition to our expanding team here at Resmini Law Offices.

Truck Driver’s Hours of Service Regulations

Truck driving can be an exhausting profession. It requires drivers to be on the road for long hours and at strange times. The number of hours a trucker can drive is regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, but many drivers figure out ways to falsify information and blow past these regulations. They have a number of incentives for doing so. Truck drivers are employed by large trucking companies that pressure them to meet deadlines, even if it means driving while exhausted. Additionally, most drivers are paid by the hour, encouraging them to work longer and earn more money. When truck drivers operate longer than they are supposed to and do not get enough sleep, they become dangerous to themselves and everyone else driving around them. Fatigued drivers are not good drivers and the chances of an accident occurring increases greatly.

Accidents involving large commercial vehicles are often devastatingly disastrous. The large size and power of the vehicles enable them to be very destructive against passenger vehicles. The result of a trucking accident could leave victims in physical pain, emotional distress, and with expensive medical bills. If you were injured in a trucking accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. understand how overwhelming it can be to recover from a serious accident. Compensation may not be able to fix your injuries, but it can take away the financial burden so that you and your family can focus on healing.

Hours of Service Regulations

As previously stated, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration outlines the regulations that truck drivers must follow. These regulations are as follows:

  • Drivers may not drive over a maximum of 11 hours after a consecutive ten hours off-duty
  • Drivers may not drive beyond 14 consecutive hours after coming on duty. Off-duty time does not extend the 14 hours
  • Drivers may drive only if eight hours or less has passed since the end of a driver’s last off-duty or sleep period of at least 30 minutes.
  • Drivers may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days.
  • Drivers must take at least eight consecutive hours to sleep, plus an additional two consecutive hours off-duty

Hours of Service Regulations exist to keep truck drivers and those around them safe while on the road. When these regulations are not followed, drivers are neglecting their responsibility and the lives of those around them.

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If you or someone you love has been injured by a negligent and fatigued truck driver, contact one of the qualified attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. We have the experience and knowledge needed to represent you at every stage of the legal process and get you the compensation you need. To discuss the details of your case, contact our office at (401) 751-8855 today.

Personal injury accident in Plainville; police officer injured

Authorities arraigned Robert Camara, Jr., 38,  at Wrentham District Court on Monday, January 9. He faces seven charges, including assault with a dangerous weapon, larceny, and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. Camara faces the charges following a vehicular accident that injured Plainville police officer Todd Holbrook.

The incident under discussion occurred around 10 a.m. on Sunday, January 8 when employees at a Target store saw Camara trying to steal DVD players. Camara left the store after employees called the police. Plainville police officer Todd Holbrook chased Camara in the parking lot, but Camara was able to get inside his vehicle before Holbrook could catch up to him. Camara purposefully ran over Holbrook in his attempt to escape. Police officers were able to catch up to Camara and took him under custody.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Ltd. provide legal services for our clients in the state of Massachusetts. We handle personal injury accident and wrongful death cases. Call our offices today at (401) 751-8855. to learn more about your options.

President Obama’s dog bites White House guest

On Monday, a family friend of the Obamas was visiting the White House when she was bitten in the face by Sunny, one of President Obama’s two adopted dogs. The bite was out of character for the four year old Portuguese Water Dog, a breed which is considered to be great for family households. While the visiting 18-year-old girl bent down to kiss the dog on the cheek, Sunny unexpectedly lashed out and left a small wound that required stitches from the White House doctor.

Many states stipulate that dog owners can only be held liable for a dog bite injury if they knew the dog was capable of behaving in a way that is likely to cause harm. The dog bite suffered by the family friend was irregular, as Portuguese Water Dogs do not generally exhibit intimidating or aggressive behavior. Although the bite resulted in a facial injury, the lack of knowledge by the White House and the Obamas that Sunny would react in a hostile way means that the incident is unlikely to constitute negligence.

Nevertheless, this goes to show that dogs can be unpredictable and may unexpectedly attack. Not all dog bite cases are as benign as this one was, and sometimes dog attacks can lead to hospitalization. The Providence dog bite injury attorneys at Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD are well versed in dog bite cases and can guide you through the legal process of determining liability if you’ve been hurt by someone else’s dog. Do not hesitate to contact our Rhode Island offices at (401) 751-8855.

Medical malpractice suit follows after slow removal of lithium batteries

Florida parents Cole Parsons and Courtney Thorne filed a medical malpractice suit on Wednesday, December 28. They filed against Jacksonville-based Wolfson Children’s Hospital and Dr. David Smith. The parents are claiming their baby suffered severe burns from the lithium battery she ingested because the physician took around five hours to remove said battery from the baby’s body.

According to data from the National Capital Poison Center, over 1,900 children swallowed button batteries in 2015. Among these cases, there were 20 deadly incidents in children younger than six. Parsons said other doctors noted their daughter may need continuous treatment to mend her esophagus. Because of the wounds in her esophagus lining, she can eat only pureed food.

Let our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Ltd. fight for you if you were the victim of a personal injury accident in Rhode Island. Speak with a qualified member of our legal team by calling our offices at (401) 751-8855. This time is stressful, but we can file the appropriate lawsuit for your case.

Five hospitalized due to gas explosion at rowing machines manufacturer

A gas explosion at Warren, Rhode Island-based indoor rowing machines manufacturer WaterRower on Wednesday, December 7 resulted in two people getting burns, according to Warren Fire Chief Alexander Galinelli.

Galinelli said the injuries that the two people obtained were not life-threatening. Aside from the two people who got burned, three other individuals were hospitalized due to trauma. Investigators have attributed the explosion to a buildup of gas at the facility.

A rowing machine manufactured by the company has been shown in the Netflix drama series House of Cards.

We at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD are dedicated to the pursuit of justice for the injured. If you have been the victim of an injury you got during work in the state of Rhode Island, you can hire our legal services by calling our offices today at (401) 751-8855.

Collision between RIPTA bus and three vehicles hurts four

A crash that involved a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus and three vehicles on Saturday, December 3 on the Claiborne Newport Pell Bridge resulted in the injuries in two children.

A video from NBC 10 News, which showed the front and the side of the bus that figured in the Memorial Day weekend accident, gave us a glimpse of the bus moving along Newport traffic that was backed up in the right lane. It crashed into the line of vehicles, making a Nissan sedan turn slightly and crushing its trunk into the back seat. A pickup truck and a convertible were also damaged in the pileup.

RIPTA did not answer queries about who was operating the vehicle at the time of the accident. Names were blacked out in their submitted statements to the police.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Ltd., who provides legal services to our clients in the state of Rhode Island, handle personal injury accident cases involving bus and truck accidents, among others. Call our offices today at (401) 751-8855.

Assault by vehicle leaves Providence woman with injuries

Armais Kocharov went into police custody after he ran over his girlfriend with his vehicle. Both of the people are from Providence, Rhode Island. The assault occurred last Sunday, November 20.

The Central Falls Police Department and Central Falls Fire Department responded around 2 in the morning. They found a maroon Nissan Maxina parked at the intersection of Cowden Street and Fletcher Street. Also, they discovered the victim underneath the vehicle. Apparently, the two were arguing prior to her getting run over with the vehicle by her boyfriend.

The Central Falls Fire Department used air bags and wooden blocks to lift the car off the victim. She sustained severe leg and torso injuries and went to Rhode Island Hospital for the immediate treatment of her injuries.

Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Ltd. receive national recognition for our expertise in personal injury accident cases. If you sustained injuries during a personal injury accident in Rhode Island due to the negligent actions of others, do not hesitate to get in touch with us at (401) 751-8855.