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  • DC Lab Zika Testing Reported Dozens of False Negatives to Patients Who Had Virus

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-May-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel In previous blogs, we have discussed the high profile botching of hundreds of Zika tests performed by the District of Columbia public health lab, including roughly 300 tests of pregnant women. According to DC Health officials and federal regulators who audited the lab, a computational error and overdiluted solution used in the testing led to over 400 patients receiving negative ...
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  • $110+ Million Verdict Awarded in J&J Talcum Powder Cancer Lawsuit

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 9-May-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Last week, a jury in St. Louis, Missouri awarded $110.5 million in compensation to a Virginia woman who was diagnosed with ovarian cancer after long-term use of talcum powder products marketed by Johnson & Johnson. The jury award is the largest verdict to date in lawsuits involving Johnson & Johnson talc-based products that have been associated with increased risks of ...
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  • After an Auto Accident: Short and Long-Term Tips

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 27-Apr-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Being involved in any type of auto accident can be an overwhelming experience. From the initial shock to the many headaches ahead, there are a lot of things to do - and a lot of things that can go wrong. Because the actions you take following a preventable wreck can make the difference in your personal injury case, our team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel Many people across the United States were shocked and appalled by video, posted online, of a passenger on a United Airlines flight being assaulted and forcibly removed from his seat by an aviation policeman, on April 10, 2017. The man, Doctor David Dao, boarded a United flight in Chicago, on a completely full plane destined for Kentucky. The airline then decided that it needed ...
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  • Why Truck Accident Cases Are So Complex

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 6-Apr-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel After a wreck involving a tractor-trailer or commercial vehicle, it is important to carefully consider the types of characteristics and qualities to look for when choosing a truck accident lawyer. These qualities include experience handling personal injury and truck cases, and the ability to leverage resources, time, and insight into the trucking industry. Trucking cases demand ...
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  • CSCS Files Lawsuits on Behalf of Three Victims in Silver Spring, MD Apartment Explosion

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

    Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has filed lawsuits on behalf of three victims who suffered injuries and losses as a result of a fatal explosion and fire that took place at an apartment complex in Silver Spring, Maryland last August. The lawsuits, filed in Montgomery County Circuit Court on Thursday, March 30th, alleges that Key Management Co., Flower Branch Apartments, and ...
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  • Bad Hospital Design Causes Bad Health Outcomes

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Mar-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel There is a significant amount of research that indicates we are building our hospitals wrong. ‘Wrong’ in the sense that the way most hospitals are currently designed do not improve patients’ health outcomes, but rather contributes to increased sickness and death. A recent article in the New York Times by Dr. Dhruv Kullar examines some of these studies, ...
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  • Your Rights Are at Risk

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Mar-2017

    Politicians are currently pushing legislation in Congress that will severely limit your ability to pursue your rights in Court. The politicians behind this push are in the pockets of powerful corporations and insurance companies, who do not want to be held accountable for their carelessness, misdeeds, and negligence. They have introduced several anti-civil justice bills which, if passed, will ...
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  • DC Blood Lab Makes Errors in Hundreds of Zika Tests for Pregnant Women

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 27-Feb-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Officials from the District of Columbia Department of Health have reported failings in hundreds of Zika tests performed for pregnant mothers. The public admission, made on Thursday February 16, 2017, also noted that some pregnant women were incorrectly told they did not have the mosquito-borne virus when they in fact did, and that officials would be re-testing blood work from ...
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  • U.S. Attorney's Office Decides Not to Prosecute Officer for Fatal 2016 Shooting in DC

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 20-Feb-2017

    By: Matthew Tievsky Earlier this month, the U.S. attorney’s office elected not to prosecute a Metropolitan Police Department officer who fatally shot a man in 2016. (The officer’s name has never been released). The man who was killed was named Peter John, Jr. On February 1, 2016, according to the officer, he was driving a police cruiser in Northeast D.C. when he saw Mr. John, rolled ...
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  • What Compensation Can Brain Injury Victims Recover?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel While modern medicine has unlocked many mysteries of the human body, the mysteries of the human brain still remain elusive. Although research efforts have helped scientists explore the ways in which we think, learn, and remember – medical professionals still have difficulties in understanding the dynamics of the brain. This includes the difficulties in identifying, ...
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  • Suit Filed Against DC Police Alleging False Arrest & Use of Excessive Force

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel On January 20, 2017 there were several ongoing protests during President Trump’s inauguration. A minority of these protesters engaged in property destruction, such as smashing windows and setting fires. After surrounding a large group of protesters and keeping them at the intersection of 12 th and L street, NW, DC police arrested over 217 protesters, charging them with ...
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  • DC Court of Appeals Rules on Admissibility of Expert Testimony in Cell Phone Cancer Case

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Thirteen cases went up on appeal, all of which involve plaintiffs against cell phone manufactures and service providers alleging that long-term exposure to cell-phone radiation causes brain tumors. The appeal asked the Appellate Court to decide what test the DC Superior Courts should apply to the admissibility of expert testimony. Expert testimony was essential to these cases - ...
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  • Winter Driving Safety Tips

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Winter is here and Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season. During this time of year, we unfortunately see a number of traffic accidents caused by poor weather, and we want to remind all local drivers about the importance of taking extra precautions when driving during the winter. Below are a few helpful winter ...
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  • Progress for Legal Protections of DC Pedestrians and Cyclists

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Mayor Bowser recently signed into law the much-anticipated Motor Vehicle Collision Recovery Act of 2016. The act will provide additional protections to the legal claims of pedestrians, cyclists and other ‘non-motorized users’ injured in a collision with a motor vehicle. ‘Non-motorized users’ include people on skateboards, non-motorized scooters, Segways, ...
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  • D.C. Council Moves Forward With Plan to Provide Free Lawyers in Certain Civil Lawsuits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The District of Columbia Council is considering passing a law that would provide free legal counsel to low-income tenants in certain housing cases, such as evictions. The bill was authored by council member Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5). The bill is significant because, in landlord-tenant disputes, tenants are rarely represented by lawyers, whereas landlords usually are. ...
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  • Recent Transportation Crashes Highlight Shortcomings of Federal Minimum Insurance Limits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel In the wake of several large transportation accidents, including a fatal bus collision in Baltimore and another fatal crash in California, victim advocates are highlighting the shortfalls of federal minimum insurance limits for commercial vehicles. Low policy limits are often not enough to cover victims’ damages, especially when catastrophic accidents cause large scale ...
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  • By Allan M. Siegel In the day’s following last Tuesday’s fatal collision between a school bus and an MTA commuter, local and federal authorities have been working diligently to determine an underlying cause. In a wreck that killed 6 victims and injured 11 others, this investigation is crucial in determining whether the incident was preventable, and how regulators can better address any ...
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  • Special Police Officers Will Not Be Charged for Causing Man's Death During 2015 Arrest

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 3-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Under District of Columbia law, a “special police officer” is a person who is legally vested with the power to make arrests in a specific area. Most often, special police officers protect the property of private entities. For example, many special police officers work as security guards on private land. On November 1, 2015, two special police officers were involved ...
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  • Metro Expresses Concern That it is Falling Into a "Death Spiral"

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Nov-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (“Metro”), which operates public bus and underground train lines, is in trouble. After a string of safety incidents, the Federal Government has assumed responsibility for Metro’s safety oversight, and forced Metro to engage in the costly SafeTrack program which involves numerous repairs to the train line that ...
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  • New Rule Grants Nursing Home Patients More Legal Rights

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 27-Oct-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel On September 28, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department issued a rule banning pre-dispute binding arbitration clauses for nursing home patients in facilities that accept federal money (i.e., almost every nursing home). Binding arbitration clauses, which can be buried in long contracts signed by nursing home patients and their families, block patients from filing lawsuits ...
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  • One Concussion Could Have Long-Term Consequences, Study Says

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 25-Oct-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Research has shown that chronic head trauma can have catastrophic effects on a person’s well-being, especially when experienced at a young age. According to a recent study, one of the largest and most elaborate to date, even a single concussion experienced in youth can have a lasting impact on mental health and intellectual and physical functioning throughout life. ...
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  • Factors that Affect the Value of Your Personal Injury Car Accident Case

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Oct-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Insurance companies compensate victims of automobile accidents based on the victim’s documented or otherwise proven harms and losses. In most cases, an important factor is the amount of your medical bills and lost wages. If you want to be paid for the wages you lost while recovering from the car accident, it is crucial to thoroughly document your income. Have your ...
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  • D.C. Court of Appeals Rules on the Scope of the "Last Clear Chance" Doctrine in Auto Accident Cases

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Oct-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky The District of Columbia is one of the few jurisdictions that applies the law of “contributory negligence.” For example, this means that if a wrongdoer negligently operates his vehicle so as to cause a motor vehicle collision, but the victim also did something negligent that contributed to the accident – even if the victim was much less at fault than the ...
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  • Police Shooting of DC Motorcyclist Prompts Change to Bodycam Rules

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Oct-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel On September 11, 2016, Terrence Sterling had recently left a bachelor’s party and was operating a motorcycle in the District of Columbia, and crashed his vehicle into a Metropolitan Police Department vehicle. Either immediately before or after the crash – the timing is unclear – a police officer, Officer Brian Trainer, shot and killed Mr. Sterling, who was ...
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