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Blog Posts in 2013

  • By: Allan Siegel A former student-athlete who played football at the California University of Pennsylvania recently filed a lawsuit against the NCAA alleging that on-the-field concussions led to his devastating condition. Matthew Onyshko, 32, played at California University of Pennsylvania from 1999-2004. He went on to work for the Pittsburgh public schools system before becoming a city ...
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  • By: Ira Sherman The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is a national organization that helps to advance research, increase awareness, and promote prevention techniques in the field of traumatic brain injuries. The BIAA is the voice of individuals with brain injuries and takes action in the areas where vigilance is most needed. The BIAA works with Congress to institute public health bills ...
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  • By: Allan Siegel By now, any reasonable person should know that distracted driving places others in serious danger. While text messaging has earned its fair share of attention – with most states passing texting while driving bans – any activity that takes a motorist's attention away from the primary task of driving can be negligent and dangerous, including: Using a cell-phone or ...
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  • Former MLB Player Ryan Freel Suffered from CTE

    Posted By CSCS || 18-Dec-2013

    By: Ira Sherman Ryan Freel – a former Major League Baseball utility player who played a majority of his career with the Cincinnati Reds –committed suicide last December. After his death, Freel's family donated his brain to Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy and Sports Legacy Institute. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive ...
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  • Why Do I Need a Personal Injury Lawyer?

    Posted By CSCS || 17-Dec-2013

    By: Allan Siegel If you have been in an accident and you are on the fence about what your next move should be, this blog should help you evaluate your options. Some people wonder, "is it worth it to hire a lawyer?" The answer is that most of the time it will absolutely be worth it, and if you are not sure then you can get a free evaluation of your case from a personal injury lawyer. At ...
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  • By: Allan Siegel Aside from providing injured athletes and their families with the compensation they deserve, concussion lawsuits have sparked an increased awareness about the need for protecting players and their future well-being. After the NFL lawsuit was settled earlier this year, more athletes have stepped forward to hold leagues responsible for failures to address risks associated with ...
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  • What Are the Consequences of Drinking While Biking in D.C.?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-Dec-2013

    By: Allan Siegel Happy Hours are a staple in D.C., especially among the young professionals who flock to our nation's capital each year. D.C. is also an athletic city that is on the forefront of bicycle accessibility and safety, and when drinking and biking are combined, the consequences can be very dangerous. A new study recently released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ...
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  • Earlier this year, the National Football League (NFL) settled a massive lawsuit with former players and families involving the long-term impact of traumatic brain injuries. Since that time, professional players from different sports have stepped forward to seek legal recourse against leagues and organizations that failed to properly address risks associated with concussions and head injuries. ...
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  • By: Allan Siegel Four former NFL football players took charge of their neurological health by volunteering in a UCLA study, which tested for chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). This condition is linked to the terrible symptoms suffered by many former NFL players, notably Junior Seau who took his life in May, 2012. CTE is a degenerative brain disease which can cause depression, anxiety, memory ...
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  • Are Our Teenagers Playing a Deadly Game for Fun?

    Posted By CSCS || 27-Nov-2013

    A recent video about the "Knockout Game" recently went viral on YouTube, exposing the horrific details of this teenage "game" for the world to see. Teenagers openly admit to playing this new game because they want to prove their strength or they simply have nothing better to do. The game involves walking up to a random stranger or even friend and punching them so hard they are ...
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  • How Dangerous is it to Ride a Bike in DC?

    Posted By CSCS || 21-Nov-2013

    Biking seems like such a great way to get around. For tourists, you can zip around between monuments and get to know the city like the locals. For commuters, you can save money on gas and fit in some exercise at the same time. But, riding a bike in Washington, D.C., should not be taken lightly. It can be very dangerous and often riders can end up suffering severe injuries. Each year, 1.5 % of ...
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  • By: Allan Siegel The D.C. Council is awaiting a vote, currently set for mid November, on the issue of illegal immigrants legally obtaining drivers' licenses. If the law is passed, then illegal immigrants could begin applying for driver's licenses as early as 2014. The function of these licenses would be for driving purposes only, and not for boarding airplanes or receiving benefits. The ...
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  • Yes, since 2009 the Social Security Administration (SSA) has paid more than $30 million to 1,542 people that are currently listed in its system as being deceased. The SSA also has 879 people who have been listed as deceased, but upon verification appear to be alive and well. In one instance, a person was sent monthly payment for almost 20 years after the date of death. Those in the whistleblower ...
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  • Advancements In Youth Sports Safety

    Posted By CSCS || 5-Nov-2013

    Youth sports organizations across the nation have recently joined forces with sports medicine professionals to create the National Sports Concussion Coalition. The goal of the coalition is to create a safer playing environment for youth athletes. Executive Director of Pop Warner Little Scholars explains, "sports have the power to change the lives of millions of young people" and "we ...
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  • New Bicycle Laws May Soon Hit D.C. Streets

    Posted By CSCS || 30-Oct-2013

    By: Allan Siegel Last week, Washington, D.C. Mayor Vince Gray signed the Bicycle Safety Amendment Act of 2013 and took a considerable step toward making public roadways safer for bicyclists. Under the Act, bicycle riders will be treated in much the same way as pedestrians. If congress approves the bill, the following measures could become law within the next month: Bicyclists will be permitted to ...
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  • Bus Stop Safety

    Posted By CSCS || 28-Oct-2013

    By: Allan M. Siegel As the days get shorter and especially until daylight savings ends, we need to be extra careful when we send our little ones off to the bus stop. This week the sun will not be rising until about 7:30, but after daylight savings ends the sun will rise at about 6:30. We should always teach our kids proper bus stop safety, but our awareness should be heightened when they are ...
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  • How Effective Are the Side Airbags in My Car?

    Posted By CSCS || 10-Oct-2013

    Authored by Allan M. Siegel Side impact collisions have long been a trouble area among vehicle engineers. In a head-on vehicle collision, the entire engine block acts a crumple zone and provides a protective space between the colliding vehicle and the occupant. In a side impact collision, there is nearly no crumple zone. The door is the only thing between the colliding vehicle and the occupant. In ...
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  • Authored by Allan M. Siegel In the past few years, nearly every state in America has passed laws to increase awareness about the dangers of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and the impact they have on young athletes. Awareness, however, is only part of the equation and many sports organizations, sports leagues (of all levels), and schools have begun to enforce strict regulations regarding ...
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  • Authored by Joseph Cammarata Did you know that the number one reason for injury and death among people age 65 and older is falls? Did you also know that more than two million older people went to an emergency room in 2000 because of a fall? This information comes from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. You should not be comforted by ...
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  • DC Bar Altercation Leads to Death of Patron

    Posted By CSCS || 26-Sep-2013

    Authored by Joseph Cammarata Approximately three weeks ago, a patron at the Rendezvous Lounge in Washington, D.C. was critically injured when he attempted to subdue another patron who had assaulted a bartender and swung a stool at others in the lounge. The patron recently died from his injuries. Too often violent incidents occur at bars and clubs as a result of patrons being allowed to drink to ...
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  • Last week's tragedy inside the Washington Naval Yard in Southeast Washington, DC has united local residents and Americans throughout the country. As we mourn the loss of innocent victims and offer our condolences to the families who lost their loved ones, we must begin asking questions as to how and why the Navy Yard shooting came to pass. Not only can this help victims' families gain a ...
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  • Authored by Allan Siegel Slip and fall cases are one of the most common types of personal injury cases. Many of us know someone who was injured in a slip and fall accident, and we all know that this is why we see the yellow and orange warnings signs posted in the grocery store when the floor is wet. Many people assume that because there was a warning sign posted that the store is no longer ...
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  • It's not soccer, or gymnastics, or lacrosse, even with its aggressive stick maneuvers and fast flying balls. It's cheerleading. Cheerleading caused the highest number of catastrophic injuries in girls, accounting for 65% of direct catastrophic injuries of high school girls and 70.8% of college level women. These numbers are from a study taken done between 1982 and 2009. Concussions and ...
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  • Julie Darity was once a contracts administration officer for C.R. Bard Inc., which is a medical device company in New Jersey. Darity exposed a scheme where Bard was pushing brachytherapy seeds for kickbacks. Brachytherapy seeds are not seeds in the traditional sense of the word. They are small pieces of radioactive metal, such as iodine or palladium, which are implanted in the body. Scientists ...
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  • Immediately after a car accident, victims are often disoriented, stressed, and anxious. Some people are immediately apologetic, simply because that's how they were raised and not because they did anything wrong. Others are stoic and say they are doing well or feel ok, even when they are in significant pain. Insurance adjusters are trained to capitalize on every piece of information they learn ...
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