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Social Media – Negatively Affecting Your Claim

Social media has continued to become a forefront necessity in younger generations lives. These days almost everyone we know has a Facebook or at least understands what it is. According to, over 1.6 billion people are active on Facebook. Instagram has 100 million active users each month. Our lives are becoming more and more engrossed with having to inform everyone we know where we are, what we are doing and how we feel. Social media can be very useful for staying in touch with friends and family but can also lead to problems if you share certain things.

Informing vs. Sharing too much

Sharing too much information can have a backlash effect. After being in a car accident and the investigation is still under way, you may feel the need to express all of your feelings on social media. Social media is a public form of expression that can be viewed by almost anyone, including insurance companies. Even if you have privacy settings in place, you still run the risk of an insurance company becoming aware of a post that may share something new or negative on your end.

Think Before Posting:

It is best to stay away from posting on social media altogether while your claim is being evaluated. While it can be tempting to post a rant on your Facebook about what happened after a crash and how mad you are, it is in your best interests to keep details to yourself. By posting on your social media accounts, you can be jeopardizing any compensation you could receive.


For example, if you are filing a personal injury claim saying you were involved in a car accident, and you have trouble walking or doing basic tasks, but you post a video of you jumping and dancing around. The court could get ahold of your social media content and rule that you are not entitled to compensation for the damages. Similar to physical ailments, emotional distress is also something that can be taken into scrutiny if someone finds a recent blog or post you made that expresses the opposite.

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Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West Named a 2016 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

PROVIDENCE, RI – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC (PLDW) has been named to the 2016 “Best Law Firms” in America list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers for the sixth consecutive year in the metropolitan area/Rhode Island. PLDW was recognized in a total of 16 practice areas. The “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. Lawyers also voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor.

“PLDW is proud to be recognized by our colleagues and clients in earning this prestigious designation in the legal profession,” said Gary R. Pannone, PLDW Managing Partner. “It is the commitment and dedication by our staff and attorneys to deliver quality service and be responsive to the needs of our clients that make it possible for our firm to receive this honor.”

Among the PLDW practice areas cited for the top tier ranking include Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Government Law, Government Relations Practice and Non-Profit/Charities Law. Other practice areas recognized for outstanding quality are Administrative / Regulatory Law, Corporate Law, Mediation, Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Non-White-Collar, Corporate Law, Securities and Capital Markets Law, Mergers & Acquisitions Law, Health Care Law and Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Management, Labor Law – Management and Litigation – Labor & Employment.

The 2016 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the U.S. Over 21,000 attorneys provided almost 700,000 law firm assessments, and over 8,000 clients provided more than 47,000 evaluations. According to U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, firms included in the 2016 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.

For more information about PLDW, visit or follow us on Twitter (@pldwllc) and stay up-to-date with the firm’s activities on YouTube, LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.


About Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC

The attorneys and staff at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC (PLDW) are committed to developing practical and cost-effective solutions while also being supportive of the community in a meaningful way. PLDW has developed a business model that combines international expertise with a more cost-effective delivery system that involves cross training of lawyers and a more practical approach to problem solving. PLDW’s primary practice areas include corporate and business law, nonprofit law, health care law, municipal infrastructure, government relations and legislative strategies, employment law, special masterships, criminal defense, civil litigation, estate planning, probate and trust litigation, and real estate development and commercial lending. The partners demand of themselves and those on the PLDW team, an unparalleled sense of urgency and responsiveness which is derived from an authentic appreciation for their clients and the community in which they serve. For more information, visit


Employment Law & HR Practices Conference Set for November 5th in Springfield, MA

AGAWAM, MA – EANE announced today its Annual Employment Law& HR Practices Update conference to be held on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the Springfield Marriott in Springfield, MA. The full-day conference — which  draws more than 100 attendees from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island –will address the ever-changing employment law landscape in today’s workplace.

“We cover the vital developments in state and federal employment law and best-practices with an array of experts.” said Meredith Wise, President of the Employers Association of the NorthEast. “Participants gain practical guidance on day-to-day employment issues and strategies for big-picture planning.”

Featured keynote speakers will be Mike Hess and Rich Trombetta. Mike is a legally blind IT professional who has bucked mainstream trends and has been employed as a technology professional since 1996. He will present the “Art of Blinders,” demonstrating that most obstacles in business can be overcome using the sightless principles of communication.

Rich Trombetta, of The Innovation Company, will present “The New Diversity – A Resource To Be More Effective As A Business,” explaining how biases can impact decisions, team work and the overall work environment. Rich uses improvisational comedy, high-energy fun and thought-provoking exercises.

The fee is $285 per person with discounts for three or more. Register at or via phone at 877-662-6444.   The program will offer 5.5 credits by the HR Certification Institute and SHRM.

PLDW Expands Corporate & Business and Litigation Teams with New Attorneys

Providence, RI – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & West LLC (PLDW) is pleased to announce that Attorneys Samantha Clarke and Patrick J. McBurney have joined the firm’s Corporate & Business and Litigation teams as Associates.

  • Attorney Clarke earned her J.D., summa cum laude, from Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, RI, and served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Justice William P. Robinson III of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Providence, RI. She is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and is a member of the Rhode Island Women’s Bar Association.


  • Attorney McBurney earned his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, NY, and served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Associate Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg of the Rhode Island Supreme Court and for the Honorable Associate Justice Michael Silverstein of the Rhode Island Superior Court. He is admitted to practice law in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Pawtucket Bar Association.


To contact the attorneys, please call 401-824-5100, or email Attorney Clarke at and Attorney McBurney at To learn more about PLDW, visit or follow us on Twitter (@pldwllc) and stay up-to-date with the firm’s activities on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+ and Pinterest.

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