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Blog Posts in 2009

  • Brain Injuries As A Result of Warfare

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 30-Dec-2009

    In the previous blog, we noted that the Los Angeles Times October 5, 2009 edition contained an article regarding brain injuries on the sports field. That article also addressed brain injury suffered in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hotspot areas. Platoon sergeants and unit commanders are repeatedly confronted with the problems of whether or not one of their soldiers, in the wake of an explosion, car ...
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  • On October 5, 2009, the Los Angeles Times contained an article ( click here to read ), regarding injuries sustained by football players and other athletes. The article pointed out that there is a dilemma faced by coaches at all levels in all kinds of sports which is the same as that often faced by emergency medical technicians responding to the scene of a car crash or by supervisors called to the ...
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  • The announcement on October 5, 2009 of the NFL Players Association formation of a Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Committee was welcome news. The NFL Players Association Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Committee is intended to address two fundamental and critical issues facing professional football players. First, the committee will address the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of ...
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  • Partners Ira Sherman and Joseph Cammarata attended the Brain Injury Association of America's Annual Affiliates Convention from November 16-November 18, 2009. Mr. Cammarata, as President of the Brain Injury Association of D.C., and Mr. Sherman, as Vice President of the Brain Injury Association of D.C., attended in their official capacities as leaders of the Brain Injury Association of D.C. Much was ...
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  • Partners Siegel and Cammarata are Name as "Top Lawyers" Again

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 16-Dec-2009

    Partners Joseph Cammarata and Allan M. Siegel, have been named by Washingtonian Magazine as two of "Washington's Top Lawyers" in the December 2009 Washingtonian Magazine. The magazine has named Partner Joseph Cammarata every survey year since 1997; and Partner Allan M. Siegel every survey year since 2004. Read more in about this by clicking on the"in the news section" of ...
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  • As many of you know, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has a particular interest to the diagnosis, care and treatment of traumatic brain injury. Ira Sherman and Joseph Cammarata are members of the American Association of Justice Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation Group and Ira Sherman is co-chair of the Embolization Devices (cyanoacrylates) Litigation Group. Moreover, Mr. Cammarata and ...
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  • Whistleblower Files Suit Against Johnson & Johnson

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 9-Dec-2009

    An employee fired from Johnson & Johnson's Janssen Pharmaceutical unit, blew the whistle on promotions of an anti-psychotic drug because of allegations that it was being promoted for use for non-approved purposed. Ms. Lynn Powell claimed that Johnson & Johnson fired her in February 2004 as a result of her complaints about company pressure to encourage physicians to prescribe ...
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  • November 10, 2009 Edition Of The Washington Post Contains Donald J. Chaikin's Obituary

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 2-Dec-2009

    The November 10, 2009 edition of the Washington Post contained Mr. Donald J. Chaikin's obituary. The obituary noted Mr. Chaikin's contribution to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area Trial Lawyers' Association, an organization in which he served as President. Moreover, and most importantly, notice was taken of Mr. Chaikin's contribution to the community in his fight against no ...
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  • CSCS Posts Notice In The Washington Law Reporter Of The Death Of Senior Partner Donald Chaikin.

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 30-Nov-2009

    On November 4, 2009, the Daily Washington Law Reporter contained a full page notice informing the public of Mr. Chaikin's passing. The sentence below Mr. Chaikin's photograph states "The imprint of his standards is embedded in the soul of our law firm." That will undoubtedly remain true forevermore. Please click on the link below to view the notice placed in the Daily Washington ...
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  • It seems harmless to give a statement because you will simply be reciting the truth - but, resist the urge and call your lawyers first. Remember, the insurance companies are not always on your side and may not play fair. So call your team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel before you take any action requested of you by an insurance company.
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  • CSCS Lawyers Attend Inaugural Law Fair For High School Students

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 23-Nov-2009

    Partner Allan M. Siegel and Associate Ebony M. Robinson attended the ingaural Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Law Fair at American University, Washington College of Law, on Saturday, November 21, 2009. The Marshall Brennan Project recruits second and third year law students to teach courses on constitutional law and juvenile justice in public high schools in the District of ...
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  • CSCS Warrior Beheads Enemy Combatant At Arbitration.

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 20-Nov-2009

    Associate Ebony M. Robinson hit a home run in a low property damage, soft tissue case pending in the District of Columbia. The client was struck in the rear while stopped on Suitland Parkway and injured her neck and back and developed headaches. The client incurred approximately $5,000 in medical bills, $1,500 in lost wages, and a minimal amount of property damage. The parties agreed to arbitrate ...
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  • Message From Ebony M. Robinson: Mr. Chaikin...Thank You...

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 18-Nov-2009

    I never met you, but your presence was immediate and your stamp of perfection and advocacy was, and continues to be, present. Although your time on earth has come to a pass, your legacy will live on. Thank you for your contributions to the legal practice and to this law firm. I wish I could have met you, but I promise I will continue the efforts you started so very long ago and carry on the legacy ...
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  • When Is The Last Time You Looked In The Mirror?

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 16-Nov-2009

    Michael Jackson was loved by millions for his rare talent, generosity, and kindness. He was, by far, one of my favorite artists. He wrote a song once, " Man in the Mirror," which I am sure that many of you know. He pleaded in this song that "If we Wanna Make The World A Better Place. . . . Take A Look At Yourself, And Then Make A Change." The lawyers at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel ...
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  • Traumatic Brain Injuries Caused By Sports Finally Get Attention

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 9-Nov-2009

    The next several blogs will address the risk of brain injury while engaged in sports activities. Recently, the NFL and NFL Players Association have acknowledged the risk of concussion and brain injury resulting from playing football. We will address the problem and the points of view of the respective parties and attach relevant articles in blogs to come.
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  • Law Firm Hired In Case Involving The Death Of A Motorcyclist

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 6-Nov-2009

    The law firm was hired to represent the mother of a deceased man who was operating a motorcycle when he was struck and killed on the roadways of Maryland. This young man, who was also the father of a newborn baby boy named after him, will never have the pleasure of seeing his child grow up. The mother of his child also retained the law firm to represent the child to assure that the child receives ...
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  • The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. was recently retained by a mother and father of a 16 year old boy who was struck and killed while riding his bicycle at night in Maryland. The driver was arrested for driving while intoxicated and for distribution of illegal substances. This was a tragic case of an unnecessary death and we will keep you informed as to the progress of ...
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  • Our client fired a lawyer whom he believed did not understand how to pursue his claim for justice as a result of the profound, permanent injuries he suffered when a tractor trailer entered the roadway and ran over the front of our client's vehicle. The operator of the tractor trailer ran over the engine compartment of our client's vehicle and then continued down the roadway until flagged down by ...
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  • Sad News

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 28-Oct-2009

    October 26, 2009 was a sad day- our founding partner, Donald J. Chaikin, passed away after a long fight with Parkinson's disease. He was not only our partner, but our friend and mentor. He is dearly missed.
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  • You too can have you lawyer available to you immediately

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 16-Oct-2009

    On October 7, 2009, an individual was injured in a collision as the result of another party running a red light. That person had the law firm's phone number in his cell phone and he immediately called the law firm and got advice on the scene. Everyone reading this can also have the advantage of having their lawyer available in the case of an emergency. Please call Ira Sherman at (202) 659-8600.
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  • Law Firm Now Has Its Fourth Client In A Fourth Train Collision

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 14-Oct-2009

    Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. appears to be the only law firm that has individual clients injured in four separate train collisions or derailments. One month before the disastrous June 22, 2009 Metro collision that killed 9 people and injured many others, another Metro train derailed. To the best of our knowledge, we are the only law firm representing an individual injured in that ...
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  • Ira Sherman addressed a group of social service workers working within the immigrant communities of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan areas regarding the rights of immigrants to pursue justice if they are injured through the carelessness of others. Frequently, individuals who have recently come to America or are recent citizens of the United States of America do not feel comfortable pursuing ...
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  • Whistleblower Gets $51.5 Million

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 30-Sep-2009

    As many of you know, the law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is currently involved in a significant whistleblower case and considers themselves " your whistleblower law firm ". Now comes the story of John Kopchinski who exposed problems with Pfizer's painkiller, Bextra, and will receive more than $51.5 million from the settlement. Mr. Kopchinski will earn more ...
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  • Pfizer Settles Qui Tam/False Claims Act Claim for $1 Billion

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 25-Sep-2009

    Last month, the United States Department of Justice announced that Pfizer, Inc agreed to pay $1 billion to resolve a qui tam/ False Claims Act case. This is the largest qui tam/False Claims Act settlement in history. A qui tam case is a case that allows a private citizen (the whistleblower) who knows of fraud committed against the United States to file a lawsuit to recover the losses caused by the ...
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  • As the health care debate continues on in Congress, there has been discussion that there should be some form of medical malpractice reform in the bill. There are many independent studies that show that malpractice lawsuits contribute a tiny fraction to the cost of healthcare. Thus, the cost of taking away injured patients rights, is not likely to improve the quality of our health care system or ...
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