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Blog Posts in 2007

  • Joseph Cammarata, co-counsel with partner Ira Sherman in the Harris v. District of Columbia case, provided testimony involving the negligent care of Mr. Harris resulting in Mr. Harris successfully tearing both of his eyes out. The District of Columbia Council Member-at-Large Phil Mendelson, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, requested that the law firm participate in hearings held regarding ...
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  • The October issue of Washingtonian Magazine featured Partners Ira Sherman and Joseph Cammarata. Many of your are aware of the involvement of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel in the Ethiopian community. The law firm is associated with esteemed counsel of Ethiopian heritage, Aseged Yimer, whose offices are located in Silver Spring, Maryland. The law firm has also established the "CSCS ...
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  • Law firm represents family run off the road by a tractor trailer.

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 7-Dec-2007

    The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. was recently retained by a family of four, each of whom suffered severe injuries as the result of being run off the road by a tractor trailer while driving in Pennsylvania. The mother, father and two children all sustained serious injuries as the car in which they were passengers, rolled over as a result of the collision with the ...
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  • Many of you are aware, that the law firm has been hired by the family of a six year old boy struck and killed by an inattentive driver while he was crossing, in a crosswalk, and with a green walk sign. The two cousins of the deceased child were eyewitnesses to the event and were the first people by his side. Unfortunately, these two little boys were present to hear the last words of their cousin ...
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  • The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. successfully negotiated with the District of Columbia, who has finally agreed to forgo its claim to recover $2.5 million in money spent to care for Mr. Frank Harris, Jr. from the proceeds of the settlement of the case brought on behalf of Mr. Harris by the law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Although Mr. Harris ...
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  • We have previously reported about the case of Frank Harris, Jr., an individual who was institutionalized at St. Elizabeth's Hospital because he was found not guilty of a minor property crime, by reason of insanity. Although it might seem harsh that an individual could be placed in a mental institution for over thirty years over a minor property crime, the law does permit an individual to be ...
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  • Washington Post Becomes an Ally in Firm's Fight for Justice

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 4-Sep-2007

    On September 3, 2007 the Washington Post ran an editorial entitled "Blind Injustice." The Post editorial is consistent with the position of this law firm regarding the District of Columbia's decision to send a bill to people that were injured as a result of their negligence. The Washington Post has argued that billing abused individuals in the group home system, which houses developmentally ...
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  • The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C. represents Frank Harris, an individual with severe psychological problems that has been a patient of the District of Columbia's Saint Elizabeth's Hospital. Our client, as a result of his severe disabilities posed a significant threat to himself. In fact, the "demons" within Mr. Harris convinced him to tear his eyes out and that if he ...
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  • On August 29, 2007 Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. will hold a press conference in front of D.C. Superior Court to call attention to the District of Columbia's unfair attempts to engage in what the Washington Post has termed "Billing for Abuse." The District of Columbia has attempted to recover of more than $2.2 million from an individual that was institutionalized in ...
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  • Partner Allan Siegel of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has been elected President-elect of the District of Columbia Metropolitan Area Trial Lawyers Association. (hereinafter "DC-TLA") DC-TLA is the premier organization of consumer advocates in the District of Columbia. It is the District of Columbia affiliate of the American Association of Justice, the national association of ...
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  • The District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act allows a victimized consumer to seek numerous forms of relief. An injured party may obtain damages three times the amount of what the actual damages are or they could get $1,500 for each violation, whichever is greater. Accordingly, if for instance, there was a violation of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act that was ongoing or that ...
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  • It is a violation of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act for a merchant to make or enforce totally unfair, or "unconscionable" terms or provisions in sales contracts or leases. Additionally, the failure to supply a copy of the sales or service contract, lease, or promissory note or similar document that shows an indebtedness which a consumer signs would be a violation of the District ...
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  • Making a false statement or representation that repairs, servicing, alterations, or modifications of a product have been made and receiving money in exchange for that repair, servicing, alteration or modification when, in fact, the service was not provided is a violation of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act. Similarly, a statement that contains a misrepresentation of an important ...
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  • In the previous blog, examples of violations of the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act were provided. The purpose of this blog is to give additional examples. 1) Individuals that represent that a person has a sponsorship, is approved, affiliated, or has a certain status which the person, in fact, does not have, violates the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act. 2) If an ...
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  • Examples of the District of Columbia Consumer Act Violations

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 29-Jun-2007

    The District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act lists 36 examples of violations of the act. The lawyers, such as those at the law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, & Siegel, P.C., know and understand to types of transactions that may violate the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act. The District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act lists 36 examples of how one can utilize it and ...
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  • The District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act is intended to assure that there is a remedy for any and all improper trade practices and deter them from continuing to take place. The District of Columbia seeks to promote effective enforcement of fair business practices throughout the community and to educate consumers to demand high standards and to seek proper redress of grievances. ...
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  • Maryland Virginia have excellent Consumer Protection Acts and each will be addressed separately in later blog entries. The next several entries, however, will address the District of Columbia Consumer Protection Act. The District of Columbia has a very broad and comprehensive statute permitting recovery by consumers for every consumer transaction including leases and other real estate ...
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  • Suggestions for Recovering From a Brain injury

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 9-May-2007

    There are certain behaviors that can assist in recovering from a brain injury. They include the following: 1. Getting plenty of sleep at night 2. Making sure you rest and not stress your brain during the day 3. Return to normal activity gradually 4. Avoid activities that could result in a second impact to your head causing additional injury to your brain such as contact sports 5. Do not drive a ...
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  • Symptoms of a Concussion

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 9-May-2007

    A concussion produces symptoms that are usually temporary but can last for days, weeks or even longer. If you feel that something is not quite right or feeling foggy, it is important for you to consult with your doctor. Symptoms of a concussion include: 1. Low-grade headaches that will not go away 2. Having more trouble than usual: a) Remembering things b) Paying attention or concentrating c) ...
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  • The Danger Signs of a Brain Injury

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 9-May-2007

    The most dangerous complication of a brain injury, along with a concussion, is the formation of a blood clot on the brain. This blood clot can crowd the brain against the scull causing significant brain injury. Accordingly, it is extremely important for you to call your doctor or go to the emergency room after you have sustained a blow or jolt to the head to obtain the proper diagnostic testing to ...
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  • The Tragedy of the Tractor Trailer Underride Collision

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 1-May-2007

    The trailer portion of the tractor trailer is practically invisible at night. Illumination of the trailer portion on the tractor trailer is frequently limited to a few reflectors and some reflecting tape. When a tractor trailer operator finds the need to turn the trailer perpendicular to the roadway or, in the event that the tractor trailer becomes disabled and the trailer is perpendicular to the ...
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  • Beware of the Tractor Trailer

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 1-May-2007

    Traffic fatalities and injuries resulting from collisions involving large trucks or tractor trailers exceed 100,000 annually. Indeed, approximately 5,000 people a year die in accidents involving large trucks and tractor trailers while over a 100,000 additional people are injured, many catastrophically. Although regulations purport to assure that only properly licensed, carefully trained and ...
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  • What is a Wrongful Death Action?

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 23-Apr-2007

    A wrongful death action is an action brought by the spouse or a limited number of family members, (as defined by the law of the state in which the incident occurred) that have a claim because their loved one was killed due to the carelessness of another. Each state, and the District of Columbia, defines the individuals permitted to bring wrongful death action differently. Moreover, permissible ...
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  • When a party injured through the carelessness of another dies, either as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident, or due to unrelated causes, before the case is over. The claim of the injured person "survives" their death. The law does not allow the careless person to benefit because of the death of the person they injured. Instead, a family member needs only to open up an "estate", a ...
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  • What are the Components of a Personal Injury Claim?

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 23-Apr-2007

    There are three components to a personal injury claim. First, another person must act carelessly. Secondly, there must be an injury. Third, the injury must be a result of the carelessness of the wrongdoer. Occasionally, a client will call and describe a circumstance similar to the following: "I was driving down the street and a car crossed the center line and was heading right towards me but ...
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