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Blog Posts in August, 2017

  • Why Did United Medical Center Obstetrics Ward Shut Down?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 31-Aug-2017

    By: Megan Gibson The full answer to this question remains a mystery. What we know is that as of August 7, 2017 the DC Department of Health (DOH) restricted the United Medical Center's (UMC) license to treat obstetric patients. UMC is the only full-service hospital in SE DC, and this closure is a huge blow the community. The answer to our question seems to be that there were some large-scale, ...
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  • Federal Government Will No Longer Pursue Regulations to Address Trucker Sleep Apnea

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Aug-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel On Friday, August 4, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it will no longer be pursuing regulations to address obstructive sleep apnea in drivers of commercial trucks and tractor-trailers. Prior to the announcement, the agency was considering ways to better diagnose, screen, and regulate drivers with the sleep disorder. As we have ...
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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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