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  • DC Blood Lab Makes Errors in Hundreds of Zika Tests for Pregnant Women

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 27-Feb-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Officials from the District of Columbia Department of Health have reported failings in hundreds of Zika tests performed for pregnant mothers. The public admission, made on Thursday February 16, 2017, also noted that some pregnant women were incorrectly told they did not have the mosquito-borne virus when they in fact did, and that officials would be re-testing blood work from ...
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  • Side Underride Truck Accidents Could Be Prevented by Mandatory Side Guards

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-Feb-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Side underride accidents are among the most disastrous type of collision on our roadways. These wrecks occur when passenger vehicles crash into the side of a tractor-trailer and become forced, lodged, or crumpled underneath the trailer. Often, these crashes result in extensive damage to vehicles and severe injuries to drivers and passengers in them, as well as bicyclists and ...
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  • U.S. Attorney's Office Decides Not to Prosecute Officer for Fatal 2016 Shooting in DC

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 20-Feb-2017

    By: Matthew Tievsky Earlier this month, the U.S. attorney’s office elected not to prosecute a Metropolitan Police Department officer who fatally shot a man in 2016. (The officer’s name has never been released). The man who was killed was named Peter John, Jr. On February 1, 2016, according to the officer, he was driving a police cruiser in Northeast D.C. when he saw Mr. John, rolled ...
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  • Researchers Visualize Brain Injuries in Young NFL Athletes to Aid in Monitoring Concussions, CTE

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Feb-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Researchers from Johns Hopkins have reported findings that evidence of brain injuries and reparative processes can be seen on brain imaging from young and recently retired NFL athletes. According to a report published in JAMA Neurology, the study used PET and MRI technology to visualize the brains of athletes and compare them to a similar men who did not have concussions or ...
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  • Study Analyzes Future Risks of Brain Injuries

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Feb-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Traumatic brain injuries have the potential to impact victims for the rest of their lives. While many people who suffer concussions and more serious forms of brain injury see their symptoms decline over weeks or months, others may struggle to make a full recovery and lead normal lives. According to a newly published study, there are also concerns for brain injury victims when ...
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  • Thousands of Truckers Across the Country Cleared by Atlanta Chiropractor May Not Be Fit to Drive

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Feb-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Under federal regulations, truck drivers must pass extensive medical examinations in order to obtain and preserve their commercial driver’s licenses. Following the recent arrest of Dr. Anthony Lefteris, a chiropractor who was licensed to perform these exams but who federal authorities say did not actually administer the required tests, the fitness of thousands of truckers ...
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  • CDC Study Shows Increase in Brain Injury Death Rate Among High School Football Players

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Feb-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel A study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is showing a recent increase in annual death rates among high school football players who suffer brain and spinal injuries. The report, conducted by researchers from the University of North Carolina and released on January 5 th, highlighted the increase in deaths after analyzing statistics dating back to ...
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  • What Compensation Can Brain Injury Victims Recover?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel While modern medicine has unlocked many mysteries of the human body, the mysteries of the human brain still remain elusive. Although research efforts have helped scientists explore the ways in which we think, learn, and remember – medical professionals still have difficulties in understanding the dynamics of the brain. This includes the difficulties in identifying, ...
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  • 2017 & The Trucking Industry: Top Issues & Concerns

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel The New Year is bringing a lot of changes when it comes to Washington. Aside from a new President and administration, many shake-ups are taking place in various government agencies, including those responsible for transportation safety and the regulation of the trucking industry. In addition to new technologies and new ideas, these changes could make for an eventful year when ...
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  • Suit Filed Against DC Police Alleging False Arrest & Use of Excessive Force

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel On January 20, 2017 there were several ongoing protests during President Trump’s inauguration. A minority of these protesters engaged in property destruction, such as smashing windows and setting fires. After surrounding a large group of protesters and keeping them at the intersection of 12 th and L street, NW, DC police arrested over 217 protesters, charging them with ...
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  • Amazon Developing Uber-like App for Trucking Industry

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 17-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Amazon has established a significant presence in the commercial transportation industry with its own fleet of tractor-trailers and planes that transport Amazon-purchased products where they need to go. Now, Amazon is looking to revolutionize the $800 billion trucking industry by developing a new app designed to connect truck drivers with shippers. According to reports from ...
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  • New Safety Report Attributes Increased Truck Crash Risks to Vehicle Defects, Long Hours

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel New research from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has taken a closer look at the factors behind commercial truck accidents. Their findings: vehicle defects and long hours, especially when they result from short-haul exemptions to federal hours-of-service rules, substantially increase crash risks. The IIHs consistently studies crash risks involving ...
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  • Top Republicans say Medical Malpractice Reform is Needed, Experts and Facts say Otherwise

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 11-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel It’s a common misperception that medical malpractice lawsuits are frivolous and have an overall negative impact on our healthcare system, including by driving up insurance premiums and forcing healthcare providers to order unnecessary tests. Facts, data, and expert analysis demonstrate otherwise. Unfortunately, this misperception has seeped into the political agenda of ...
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  • U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Challenges to NFL Settlement

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it will not consider challenges to the concussion settlement between the National Football League and over 20,000 former athletes. The Supreme Court’s decision, handed down on Monday December 11th, settles a long-running class action lawsuit from former players and families who claimed the NFL concealed information about what it knew ...
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  • Former DC Mayor and Advisory Board Recommend Saving Metro by Amending its Founding Charter

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The last few years have seen a spate of bad news for Metro (officially known as the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, or “WMATA”). There have been safety failures and accidents resulting in death and injury. The Federal Government has been forced to step in and take over safety oversight. Emergency repairs and maintenance have caused significant, ...
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  • Congress Suspends Trucking Safety Rules to Ease Regulations on Driver Fatigue

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Lawmakers were recently successful in blocking safety rules designed to keep tired truck drivers off the road. The rules, which were supported by the Obama Administration, concerned mandatory rest periods that require truckers to take two nights off after a work week up to 75 hours. Specifically, the rules mandated that the 35-hour rest period following a work week include two ...
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  • Driver Fatigue is as Serious a Problem as Driving Drunk, AAA Study Reports

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 8-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel A report released Tuesday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that sleep-deprived drivers are just as dangerous as drivers who have had one too many and are too drunk to drive. In fact, driving with four to five hours of sleep was comparable to driving with a blood alcohol content at or above the legal limit. The report draws from a rising tide of research and past ...
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  • DC Court of Appeals Rules on Admissibility of Expert Testimony in Cell Phone Cancer Case

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Thirteen cases went up on appeal, all of which involve plaintiffs against cell phone manufactures and service providers alleging that long-term exposure to cell-phone radiation causes brain tumors. The appeal asked the Appellate Court to decide what test the DC Superior Courts should apply to the admissibility of expert testimony. Expert testimony was essential to these cases - ...
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  • Texas Crash Involving School Bus, Tractor-Trailer Results in Death of Cheer Team Sponsor

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 5-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel One victim was killed and several others injured in a fatal collision between a school bus and a commercial tractor-trailer in Texas this past Friday. According to authorities, the crash took place Friday evening on Interstate 20 in Big Springs following a football game in Colorado City. Representatives from the Iraan-Sheffield School District report the school bus was carrying ...
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  • Winter Driving Safety Tips

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Winter is here and Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. During this time of year, we unfortunately see a number of traffic accidents caused by poor weather, and we want to remind all local drivers about the importance of taking extra precautions when driving during the winter. Below are a few helpful winter ...
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  • 'Surge 11' of DC Metro's SafeTrack Program Began

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Nov-2016

    ‘Surge 11’ of DC Metro’s SafeTrack Program began this past Monday, which will result in a 2/3 reduction in service on the Orange and Silver lines through December 21 st. After numerous injuries and fatalities on the DC metro system over the years, the SafeTrack Plan was implemented by WMATA. The goal of the SafeTrack Plan is to make the DC metro system more safe and secure. ...
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  • DC Council Passed 'Death with Dignity Bill'

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel On last Tuesday November 15, 2016, the DC Council passed 11-2 the 'Death with Dignity Bill.' If enacted, the law would enable certain patients with irreversible, terminal illnesses to request and potentially receive covered medications that induce death. It is a complex bill, which attempts to draw a sharp distinction between ‘death with dignity’ and ...
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  • Progress for Legal Protections of DC Pedestrians and Cyclists

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Mayor Bowser recently signed into law the much-anticipated Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2016. The act will provide additional protections to the legal claims of pedestrians, cyclists and other ‘non-motorized users’ injured in a collision with a motor vehicle. ‘Non-motorized users’ include people on skateboards, non-motorized scooters, Segways, ...
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  • D.C. Council Moves Forward With Plan to Provide Free Lawyers in Certain Civil Lawsuits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The District of Columbia Council is considering passing a law that would provide free legal counsel to low-income tenants in certain housing cases, such as evictions. The bill was authored by council member Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5). The bill is significant because, in landlord-tenant disputes, tenants are rarely represented by lawyers, whereas landlords usually are. ...
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  • Recent Transportation Crashes Highlight Shortcomings of Federal Minimum Insurance Limits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel In the wake of several large transportation accidents, including a fatal bus collision in Baltimore and another fatal crash in California, victim advocates are highlighting the shortfalls of federal minimum insurance limits for commercial vehicles. Low policy limits are often not enough to cover victims’ damages, especially when catastrophic accidents cause large scale ...
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