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Blog Posts in February, 2016

  • Whistleblowers May Need Non-Public Information to File a Claim

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Feb-2016

    The False Claims Act bars whistleblower claims based on information in the public domain. What this means practically is that you can’t file a whistleblower case based on something you read in the news (unless you contribute your own special expertise in interpreting the news in a non-obvious manner). The law is meant to strike a balance between encouraging meritorious cases while ...
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  • Is Uber's Background Check Policy Endangering the Public?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Feb-2016

    On the evening of Feb. 20, an Uber driver opened fire on seemingly random people in Kalamazoo, Michigan, leaving six dead and two wounded. Local police arrested 45-year-old Jason Dalton for the shootings, charging him with six murder counts, eight firearm counts, and two charges of assault with intent to commit murder. Judge Christopher Haekicke has denied Dalton’s bail and calendared a ...
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  • Can I Sue for Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress in the District of Columbia?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Feb-2016

    If someone needlessly caused you severe emotional distress, you might wonder if the law provides recourse. In the District of Columbia, emotionally distressed victims may file a claim, but the bar set for a successful claim is high. In order to prevail on a claim for deliberate infliction of emotional anguish, you need to show three elements to the court: that the conduct was (1) extreme and ...
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  • Tractor-Trailer Accident Closes Inner & Outer Loop of Beltway

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Feb-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Anyone driving in the DC metropolitan area during rush hour on Friday, February 19, 2016 was frustrated by an overturned tractor-trailer which shut down both sides of the beltway. A man was driving a truck on the outer loop in Maryland when the truck crashed into a concrete jersey barrier and overturned. The man was thrown from the truck and later died. Portions of the concrete ...
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  • Snowstorms across the Washington, D.C. region created hazardous and dangerous weather conditions leading to scores of injuries. On Jan. 25, a Wheaton, Maryland, man walking on Georgia Avenue near its intersection with Janet Road was severely injured after he was struck by a snow plow truck. According to WUSA Channel 9, 1,410 car accidents were reported in Virginia since the blizzard hit the D.C. ...
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  • What is the Value of My Case?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 11-Feb-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Clients and prospective clients frequently ask what their personal injury case is worth. Unfortunately, it is a very difficult question to answer. First of all, if you were just injured, and are still receiving treatment for the injury, it is too early to ask this question. There are a wide variety of factors that determine the value of your personal injury claim. These factors ...
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  • Beware of Personal Injury Lawyers in D.C. who Place Unsolicited Calls to You Right After an Auto Accident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 10-Feb-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky The District of Columbia has a law in place that is intended to protect recent accident victims from being harassed or taken advantage of by lawyers. The law, D.C. Code Section 22-3225.14, states that a lawyer may not contact a person who was injured in an auto accident within the past three weeks (except by mail). Nevertheless, on numerous occasions, we learn from our clients ...
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  • How the Doctrine of Last Clear Chance Helps Plaintiffs in Personal Injury Lawsuits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 2-Feb-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky The District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia are 3 of 5 states in the United States that still apply the doctrine of "contributory negligence." Under this legal doctrine, even if you are hurt by a wrongdoer's negligence in an accident, you cannot win your lawsuit if you were also partially at fault. However, each of these jurisdictions also has an exception to ...
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