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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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  • 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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