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  • Top 5 Mistakes Made After a Car Accident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-Oct-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel What you say and do following a car accident can make the difference when you file a personal injury claim to recover your damages. Because victims often struggle with the physical, financial, and emotional burdens created by accidents, remembering the right things to do can be difficult. That’s why working with an experienced lawyer can help ensure the correct steps are ...
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  • Researchers Explore Way to Diagnose Brain Damage in Living Football Players

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Oct-2017

    By: Joseph Cammarata Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative brain condition linked to repetitive head trauma. As numerous studies and even the National Football League have indicated, CTE is linked to a number of serious disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS, among others. It has also been associated with behavioral changes, gradual onset of ...
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  • Concerns Rise Over Budget Charter Bus Companies with Poor Safety Records

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Sep-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Following last week’s fatal charter bus accident in Queens that killed three victims, officials and advocates are again demanding a closer look into thousands of private bus companies operating in the U.S. While what they are likely to find, unfortunately, is nothing secret, it is incredibly alarming. That’s because many private bus companies with poor safety ...
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  • Congratulations to Rackeb Mered the winner of the 2017 Ethiopian Heritage Scholarship Award!

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 25-Sep-2017

    We are proud to congratulate our 2017 Ethiopian Heritage College Scholarship recipient, Rackeb Mered. Rackeb celebrated this wonderful achievement with us on August 17, 2017. Rackeb impressed us first with her very qualified application and second with her touching essay. Rackeb Mered was born in the United States shortly after her parents emigrated from Ethiopia. She was raised in Alexandria, ...
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  • Joseph Cammarata Earns Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 19-Sep-2017

    Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is pleased to announce that Firm Partner Joseph Cammarata has been selected as a 2017 recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious honor celebrates a noteworthy career spent advocating for the injured and the wronged, and speaks volumes about the respect Partner Cammarata has cultivated throughout the local and ...
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  • 9 out of 10 Fans Agree Brain Injuries in Football are Problematic, Yet Many Remain Fans

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Sep-2017

    By: Joseph Cammarata The NFL season is here, and while recent studies and lawsuits have raised awareness about the long-term risks associated with repetitive brain trauma in football, most people still remain fans of the sport. In fact, recent polls of sports fans indicate that the publicity surrounding traumatic brain injuries has done little to detract from the sport’s popularity. As one ...
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  • Profiting from Brain Trauma: Football Broadcaster Resigns Over Player Health Consequences

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel As football season begins, lingering concerns over traumatic brain injuries and long-term risks faced by players seem to subside in favor of one of the nation’s favorite pastimes. For Ed Cunningham, a former NFL player and football analyst for ESPN and ABC, however, those risks were simply too much to support, and have led to his resignation from the broadcast booth. ...
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  • 4 Myths About Compensation & Car Accidents

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 5-Sep-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel After a car accident resulting in injuries, the steps you take are critical to protecting your ability to recover your damages. When financial needs, legal issues, and insurance become involved, victims need to have the facts about their rights and how the process works. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Washington, DC car accident lawyers have worked with ...
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  • Why Did United Medical Center Obstetrics Ward Shut Down?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 31-Aug-2017

    By: Megan Gibson The full answer to this question remains a mystery. What we know is that as of August 7, 2017 the DC Department of Health (DOH) restricted the United Medical Center's (UMC) license to treat obstetric patients. UMC is the only full-service hospital in SE DC, and this closure is a huge blow the community. The answer to our question seems to be that there were some large-scale, ...
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  • Federal Government Will No Longer Pursue Regulations to Address Trucker Sleep Apnea

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Aug-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel On Friday, August 4, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it will no longer be pursuing regulations to address obstructive sleep apnea in drivers of commercial trucks and tractor-trailers. Prior to the announcement, the agency was considering ways to better diagnose, screen, and regulate drivers with the sleep disorder. As we have ...
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  • President Trump Signs Resolution to Approve Metro Safety Commission

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

    By: Joseph Cammarata President Donald Trump has signed a resolution for final approval of the creation of the new Metro Safety Commission, an oversight agency that will be responsible for making Metro safer. The long-awaited commission is seen as a critical move for public safety that will help address Metro’s concerning safety record and seek to prevent serious incidents. Following a series ...
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  • Federal Investigators Provide Insight into Fatal Silver Spring Apartment Explosion

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Aug-2017

    By: Joseph Cammarata A preliminary report released this past Tuesday shows federal investigators found a disconnected vent pipe in the meter room where natural gas built up prior to a fatal explosion at a Silver Spring apartment complex last year. According to the report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), together with the National Transportation Safety Board ...
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  • Roadway Conditions to be Investigated After Metrobus Collides into Parked Vehicles, Injures Victims

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Aug-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel A Metrobus accident that shut down the 600 block of H Street NW, Sunday afternoon and injured several victims may have been caused by a defect in road construction, officials are reporting. According to authorities, the incident occurred at the intersection of 7 th and H Streets NW, near Gallery Place, when a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) bus crashed ...
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  • Crash Test Shows Truck Collision With and Without Side Underride Guards

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

    By Allan M. Siegel In a previous blog, we discussed side underride guards and how their use on tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles can help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries that can result from truck accidents. While the federal government requires steel safety guards to be mounted to the back of commercial trucks, which can help prevent devastating injuries ...
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  • Uber Leased Recalled Vehicles to Drivers Without Repairs, Report Shows

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 15-Aug-2017

    By: Joseph Cammarata A report released by The Wall Street Journal earlier this month found that Uber knowingly leased unsafe vehicles to drivers in Singapore. Investigative journalists were tipped off to the issue after the dashboard of an Uber driver’s recalled Honda Vezel caught on fire, melted the vehicle’s interior, and damaged its windshield. The driver had just dropped off a ...
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  • Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is pleased to announce that Partner Joseph Cammarata has been elected Liaison to the Brain Injury Association of America for the Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group of the American Association of Justice! Partner Cammarata was voted into this position on July 23, 2017. As Liaison, he will play a valuable role in supporting members of the American ...
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  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals Finds Medical Malpractice Caps Unconstitutional

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel In a previous blog post, we discussed a Florida Supreme Court ruling that struck down damages caps in medical malpractice cases. Those caps, which limited the amount of non-economic damages victims and families are able to recover following injuries caused by negligent medical professionals, were ruled unconstitutional because they unfairly infringed upon the rights of victims. ...
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  • Researchers Find Shocking But Expected Results in Brain Study: 99% of Former NFL Players Had CTE

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

    By: Joseph Cammarata Following years of litigation and ongoing research, the full scope of brain injury risks faced by professional football players is becoming clearer – and the new evidence is alarming. According to a study recently published in the medical journal JAMA, researchers found chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 99% of NFL players studied. CTE, a neurodegenerative brain ...
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  • Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes More Widespread than Most Believe

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel The number of elderly individuals who reside in nursing homes or receive assisted care has increased significantly in recent years. With aging Baby Boomers and more of these services becoming available, those numbers are only expected to increase. As such, seniors and families making the decision to opt for nursing care over other options, such as living with relatives, need to ...
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  • Medical Malpractice Caps Are Ruled Unconstitutional by Florida Supreme Court

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-Jul-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel In a landmark decision, the Florida Supreme Court ruled to strike down medical malpractice damages caps that have been in place statewide since 2003. According to the Court’s majority opinion, the Justices found capping non-economic damages was unconstitutional because they were implemented arbitrarily and unfairly infringed upon the rights of victims who suffer the most ...
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  • HIV Positive Charles County, MD School Aide Arrested for Recording Sexual Assaults of Students

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 10-Jul-2017

    By: Joseph Cammarata In what has become a widely publicized case of sexual abuse, a former middle school instructional assistant was recently arrested and charged in Charles County, Maryland for allegedly sexually assaulting students and making video recordings of the abuse. Officials report that 30-year-old Carlos DeAngelo Bell was arrested on June 30 th for allegedly recording acts of abuse of ...
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  • Huge Northwest Apartment Fire, 1 Person Found Dead

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 6-Jul-2017

    By: Megan Gibson Sunday morning, June 26, 2017- Police found the body of 1 unidentified person in the remnants of a large NW apartment fire. Over 200 people were displaced due to the fire at the 1300 block of Peabody Street, NW. Residents had to jump out of windows and crawl across the floor to escape the fire. Most people did not speak English as their first language, and were very distraught ...
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  • Fourth of July Safety Tips

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 3-Jul-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. would like to wish everyone a happy, safe, and enjoyable Fourth of July. During this time of year, we are thankful to live in a country where citizens have rights and freedoms and where there are systems in place that allow the wronged and injured to obtain justice. In past blogs, we have discussed the American civil justice system ...
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  • Researchers Explore Verbal Ability Tests as Indicator of Future Brain Injury Complications

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Jun-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurological disorder that has been associated with a number of professional athletes who experience brain injuries as a result of sports-related impacts to the head. Many people became familiar with the condition after it was linked to professional football players who were diagnosed with CTE after their deaths – the only way ...
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  • Trucking Industry to Reignite Efforts to Increase Weight Limits Despite Rise in Tractor-Trailer Deaths

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

    By Allan M. Siegel In a previous blog, we discussed how roadway fatalities throughout the U.S. are on the rise. In fact, statistics show that 2016 was the deadliest year on record since 2007 when it comes to fatalities on our public roads and highways. Despite this surge in fatalities, the trucking industry is continuing its efforts to push Congressional lawmakers into passing legislation that ...
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