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Personal Injury Blog

  • 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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  • Water Safety: Preventing Drowning Accidents

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Summer is here, and many in the DC metro area are cooling off by jumping in the water. If you and your loved ones are enjoying water activities this summer, we would like to remind you about the importance of keeping yourself and your children safe. Drowning accidents happen all the time – at private and public pools, bathtubs, the beach, and other places where water is ...
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  • Toddler Drowns in Backyard Pool at Home Day Care in DC

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

    By: Joseph Cammarata A 2-year-old boy died Tuesday after he was found in a small backyard pool at a home day care center in Washington, DC. Although the official cause of death is still under investigation, the Metropolitan Police Department has stated it was likely an unintentional drowning. Officials report that the boy was found shortly before noon on Tuesday, June 13 at a residence located in ...
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  • Partner Joseph Cammarata Gives mTBI Presentation at AAJ Seminar

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

    While the terms concussion and traumatic brain injury have become well-known due to the spotlight on brain injuries in sports, there are still many misconceptions regarding mTBIs. During the presentation, Mr. Cammarata first discussed how the use of the modifier, "mild" to describe a traumatic brain injury, only reflects a classification of the degree of initial presentation of symptoms ...
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  • Summer Camp Safety: Abuse

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel In a previous blog, we discussed some important information for parents when selecting a camp or program for their children this summer. This includes how to ensure that a camp employs trained staff and counselors, provides requisite safety equipment, and knows how to respond in the event of an emergency. In addition to these concerns, advocates also recommend that parents ...
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  • Sending Your Child to Summer Camp: Safety, Injuries, and Victims' Rights

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 8-Jun-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Many of our clients choose day camps for their children to attend for all or part of the summer. Parents generally assume that the camps are well-operated and that safety is a primary concern. Unfortunately, camps frequently employ paraprofessionals and teenagers to take care of your children. These individuals may not have had adequate training, or any training at all, in the ...
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  • CSCS Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2017 DC Super Lawyers List

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

    Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is pleased to announce that several members of our firm’s legal team have been recognized in this year’s publication of Washington, DC Super Lawyers ®. This is a prestigious achievement that speaks volumes about their professional abilities, record of success, and commitment to protecting the rights of the injured and the wronged. As ...
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  • Federal Highway Administration Urged to Rescind Approval of X-LITE Guardrail Following Highway Deaths

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is being urged by safety advocates and victims’ families to rescind its regulatory approval of a faulty guardrail system that has been linked to at least 7 confirmed deaths in several states throughout the U.S. The guardrail in question is the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail, which contains an end terminal that has been found to ...
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  • Survivors of Pulse Nightclub Shooting File Lawsuit, Allege Massacre Could Have Been Prevented

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel More than 90 survivors and family members of victims involved in last year’s Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting recently filed a federal lawsuit against the gunman’s wife and his former employer, alleging that one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history could have been prevented had they responded appropriately to warning signs. Omar Mateen, the gunman who ...
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  • Dram Shop Laws: Holding Bars Responsible

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Anyone who is hurt by someone else’s negligence has a right to compensation for their injuries. This is especially true of people hurt by drunk drivers, and other wrongdoers who act while under the influence of alcohol. Reasonable people know that alcohol significantly increases the risk of injuring other people, and therefore there should be strict accountability for ...
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  • DC Lab Zika Testing Reported Dozens of False Negatives to Patients Who Had Virus

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel In previous blogs, we have discussed the high profile botching of hundreds of Zika tests performed by the District of Columbia public health lab, including roughly 300 tests of pregnant women. According to DC Health officials and federal regulators who audited the lab, a computational error and overdiluted solution used in the testing led to over 400 patients receiving negative ...
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  • $110+ Million Verdict Awarded in J&J Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 9-May-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Last week, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri awarded $110.5 million in compensation to a Virginia woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after long-term use of talcum powder products marketed by Johnson & Johnson. The jury award is the largest verdict to date in lawsuits involving Johnson & Johnson talc-based products that have been associated with increased risks of ...
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  • 5 Things to Look for in a Truck Accident Attorney

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel In a previous blog, we discussed some of the factors that make trucking accidents challenging legal endeavors. These cases usually involve large corporate wrongdoers who usually dispute these claims, even if they are clearly at fault. In addition, the trucking industry has many safety regulations which these companies must follow, and knowledge regarding these regulations is ...
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  • After an Auto Accident: Short and Long-Term Tips

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Being involved in any type of auto accident can be an overwhelming experience. From the initial shock to the many headaches ahead, there are a lot of things to do - and a lot of things that can go wrong. Because the actions you take following a preventable wreck can make the difference in your personal injury case, our team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. ...
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  • Partner Joseph Cammarata Discusses the United Airlines Incident on iNews24

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

    Last week, Partner Joseph Cammarata appeared on i24News to discuss the recent United Airlines incident in which David Dao, a 69-year-old doctor from Elizabethtown, Kentucky, was forcibly removed from a flight. United employees asked for volunteers to de-board due to overbooking. When no one volunteered, United then called for officers working for the Chicago Department of Aviation to remove ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel Many people across the United States were shocked and appalled by video, posted online, of a passenger on a United Airlines flight being assaulted and forcibly removed from his seat by an aviation policeman, on April 10, 2017. The man, Doctor David Dao, boarded a United flight in Chicago, on a completely full plane destined for Kentucky. The airline then decided that it needed ...
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  • Spike in Roadway Fatalities Sparks Call for Tougher Distracted Driving Laws

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel With April being National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, it is important to look at the significant strides we have made in addressing driver distraction. Today, many states throughout the country have passed distracted driving laws that ban or limit text messaging and the use of cell phones behind the wheel. Although there are laws in place, new statistics show that they ...
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  • Why Truck Accident Cases Are So Complex

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel After a wreck involving a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle, it is important to carefully consider the types of characteristics and qualities to look for when choosing a truck accident lawyer. These qualities include experience handling personal injury and truck cases, and the ability to leverage resources, time, and insight into the trucking industry. Trucking cases demand ...
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  • Washington Post Exposé of Howard University Hospital Shows a Hospital in Crisis

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel A recent exposé on cases against Howard University Hospital by the Washington Post reveals a hospital in crisis-mode on almost every front. The Post reviewed over 675 wrongful death and medical malpractice lawsuits filed against local hospitals since 2006, and among all of the hospitals Howard had the highest rate of death lawsuits per bed. Since 2007, Howard University ...
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  • CSCS Files Lawsuits on Behalf of Three Victims in Silver Spring, MD Apartment Explosion

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

    Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has filed lawsuits on behalf of three victims who suffered injuries and losses as a result of a fatal explosion and fire that took place at an apartment complex in Silver Spring, Maryland last August. The lawsuits, filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Thursday, March 30th, alleges that Key Management Co., Flower Branch Apartments, and ...
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  • CDC Report Sheds Light on Hospital Visits, Deaths Related to Brain Injuries

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 28-Mar-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Just over a week ago, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released an article detailing the number of ER visits, hospitalizations, and deaths resulting from traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The data included in the report was accumulated from surveys and health care providers nationwide for the year 2013, and is helping shed light on the impact brain ...
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  • Bad Hospital Design Causes Bad Health Outcomes

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel There is a significant amount of research that indicates we are building our hospitals wrong. ‘Wrong’ in the sense that the way most hospitals are currently designed do not improve patients’ health outcomes, but rather contributes to increased sickness and death. A recent article in the New York Times by Dr. Dhruv Kullar examines some of these studies, ...
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  • Orlando Basketball Coach Concussion Recovery Highlights Struggle of Ongoing Brain Injury Symptoms

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel The coach of the Orlando Magic’s NBA Development League team, Bill Peterson, is speaking out about his struggle to overcome the ongoing symptoms of a mild traumatic brain injury (TBI). Peterson, who heads the Erie BayHawks, suffered a concussion during a game in early January when one of his players collided with Peterson on the court. While he was able to finish the rest ...
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  • Electronic Logging Devices & Commercial Truck Safety

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Tractor-tailors and other commercial vehicles pose many dangers to the general public. Because these massive machines share the roads and highways with smaller passenger vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, state and federal governments take many measures to ensure they are as safe as possible and that trucking companies and truck drivers are operating as ...
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  • Your Rights Are at Risk

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

    Politicians are currently pushing legislation in Congress that will severely limit your ability to pursue your rights in Court. The politicians behind this push are in the pockets of powerful corporations and insurance companies, who do not want to be held accountable for their carelessness, misdeeds, and negligence. They have introduced several anti-civil justice bills which, if passed, will ...
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