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  • Five CSCS Attorneys Recognized in 2018 DC Super Lawyers Magazine

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 20-Apr-2018

    Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is pleased to announce that five members of our legal team have been recognized in this year’s edition of Washington, DC Super Lawyers ® Magazine. Super Lawyers is one of the nation’s most trusted legal publications, and it publishes an annual list of the most accomplished attorneys in the region. Recognized attorneys have attained the ...
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  • Auto Recalls Fall to Lowest Level Since 2013, But Risks Remain

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-Apr-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel In March, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released statistics on auto safety recalls in the U.S. As the data shows, roughly 30.7 million light-vehicles were recalled nationwide in 2017. While that may still seem like a significant number of automobiles, it is a far cry from the record 53 million vehicles recalled in 2016, and the lowest number of auto ...
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  • Trucking Industry Targets Electronic Logging Devices

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-Apr-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel On April 1 st, officials began enforcement of a new trucking industry regulation requiring truck drivers and trucking operators to use electronic logging devices (ELDs). Although that system provides greater oversight of truckers and helps ensure accountability in terms of reducing risks associated with driver fatigue and violations of Hours-of-Service (HOS) rules, not everyone ...
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  • Partner Joseph Cammarata Featured on CNN to Discuss Stormy Daniels & President Trump Legal Implications

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 3-Apr-2018

    Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Partner Joseph Cammarata recently appeared on CNN Newsroom with Brooke Baldwin to discuss Stormy Daniels’ alleged sexual relationship with President Donald Trump. Daniels’ legal team has taken legal action against President Trump and his personal attorney Michael Cohen, both of whom have publicly denied her allegations, seeking to dissolve ...
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  • Former NFL Players with Claims Under Concussion Settlement Say They Aren't Getting Paid as Promised

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 26-Mar-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel Former NFL players who were part of the historic class action concussion lawsuit against the NFL have stepped forward to allege that the league is dragging its feet in providing claimants with compensation they’re entitled to receive. In a filing submitted on March 20th, a group of players covered under the settlement allege payouts for claims involving athletes diagnosed ...
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  • Uber Pausing Driverless Vehicle Projects After Pedestrian in Arizona Killed by Self-Driving Car

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 20-Mar-2018

    By: Alan M. Siegel Uber has announced that it will cease all public roadway tests of self-driving cars after one of its autonomous vehicles struck and killed a pedestrian in Tempe Arizona late Sunday evening. According to the rideshare company, which has been a champion of driverless technology and self-driving commercial trucks, Uber will pull all driverless vehicles from public roads in Arizona, ...
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  • At Least 6 Victims Dead Following Collapse of Pedestrian Bridge in Miami, Important Questions Raised

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Mar-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel Officials from Miami-Dade County have reported that at least six victims were killed when a 950 ton bridge near Florida International University collapsed over a busy road Thursday afternoon. As federal officials begin their investigation of the catastrophic Miami bridge collapse, authorities continuing to shift through the debris to remove victims have stated that the death ...
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  • When Can an Employer be Held Accountable for the Wrongful Acts of an Employee?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 15-Mar-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel A person who intentionally or negligently hurts someone can be held legally accountable for the harm. But if the wrongdoer was working on the job or performing job-related duties at the time, can the employer be held legally accountable as well? This is a particularly important question – especially when the wrongdoer lacks insurance coverage and the personal wealth to ...
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  • Trucking Industry's Continued Driver Shortage Could Impact Public Safety

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Mar-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel Over the years, we have discussed many issues related to the trucking industry, including those involving preventable truck accidents, trucking regulations, and the long-standing efforts of the trucking industry to pass or roll back laws that benefit their corporate interests at the expense of public safety. Among those issues is a chronic shortage of available commercial truck ...
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  • Car Accidents Increase After Daylight Saving Time, Studies Show

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 8-Mar-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel Daylight Saving Time (DST) is nearly here, which means that come 2:00 am on Sunday, March 11, Americans in the District of Columbia and all but two U.S. states (Hawaii and Arizona), will spring forward by turning their clocks one hour ahead. Although the time change has become an ingrained part of our lives, and a welcomed way to bring in the spring and summer months and longer ...
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  • Largest Pretrial Settlement in History Awarded to Helicopter Crash Survivor

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Mar-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel A former flight nurse from Colorado who survived a devastating helicopter ambulance crash will receive what it believed to be the largest pretrial settlement in U.S. history for an individual personal injury claim. According to lawyers, the 47-year-old victim will receive a $100 million cash settlement from the helicopter manufacturer and operator. The largest settlement on ...
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  • Uber Update Requires Six-Hour Rest Period for Frequent Drivers

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 20-Feb-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel The safety of customers and the public should be among the highest concerns for any business, especially those involved in the transportation industry. In an effort to address these issues, Uber – one of the most popular rideshare services connecting smart phone app users to available rides – has announced a nationwide update that will mandate a six-hour rest period ...
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  • Partner Joseph Cammarata Featured in Clinton Docu-Series "Scandalous"

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 15-Feb-2018

    Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Partner Joseph Cammarata recently appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer to discuss his featured role in a historical documentary series discussing the sexual misconduct allegations against former President Bill Clinton. The docu-series – entitled “Scandalous” – is an eight part special that ...
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  • Commercial Truck Regulations: Weight Violations

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Feb-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel Trucking operators, drivers, and any distributors or companies that work with operators to load their fleet have legal obligations to comply with regulations designed to keep others safe from harm that can and should be avoided. This includes regulations regarding vehicle weight limits. When they fail to abide by the law, they create the potential for serious hazards and ...
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  • WABA 2018 Bicyclists' Choice Awards

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 9-Feb-2018

    By: Ashley Page This year it was our pleasure to attend and support the Washington Area Bicyclists Association ( WABA ) 2018 Bicyclists’ Choice Awards. WABA is a vital organization to the bicyclist community in our region. Its advocacy has helped bring more protected bike lanes and bike commuting routes to the DC metro area, and it even worked tirelessly to help change the outdated ...
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  • Lady Gaga Cancels Tour Due to Fibromyalgia Pain

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Feb-2018

    By: Ashley Page In September of 2017 Lady Gaga announced on Twitter that she suffers from fibromyalgia, which causes her chronic pain. This week she announced that she must now cancel the remainder of her world tour due to the recent severity of her pain and struggles with pain management. Fibromyalgia is a disorder that we see in a number of our clients. The Mayo Clinic defines fibromyalgia as a ...
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  • Anatomy of a Car Accident Claim

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 6-Feb-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel In many of our blog posts, we discuss the rights of victims who suffer harm in preventable car accidents, as well as how we work to guide victims and their loved ones through the personal injury claim process and toward a financial recovery that makes them whole. While there are many different types of car accidents, and although wrecks can cause involve a range of factors ...
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  • New Technology May Allow Insurance Companies to Charge Texting Drivers More

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Feb-2018

    Texting and driving is not only one of the most dangerous things you can do behind the wheel, it may also soon be something that costs you when it comes to your auto insurance. That’s because Allstate subsidiary Artiy is developing technology to track smartphone use by motorists and use that information to reward or punish drivers, depending on whether or not they drive distracted. According ...
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  • Amtrak Train Carrying Republican Lawmakers to Annual Conference Collides with Truck, One Victim Killed

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 31-Jan-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel On Wednesday January 31, an Amtrak train chartered to transport Republican lawmakers to an annual GOP conference in West Virginia collided with a truck outside of Crozet, Virginia, roughly 100 miles southwest of Washington, DC. According to White House representatives, at least one victim was killed and another seriously injured. Other passengers aboard the train, which ...
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  • Allan M. Siegel, Ashley Page Present WABA Bicycle Crash Workshop

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Jan-2018

    On January 17 th, Partner Allan M. Siegel and Associate Ashley Page presented at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s (WABA) workshop “What to Do After a Bike Crash.” This is the second time that Attorneys Siegel and Page have presented this workshop to Washington, D.C. metro area bicyclists. After a bicycle crash, your adrenaline may be flowing or you may be in shock. ...
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  • How Cargo Securement Violations Increase Truck Accident Risks

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 26-Jan-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel Tractor-trailers travel our roads and highways on a daily basis because they play an important role in transporting our goods and commodities. Not only does the size of commercial trucks alone pose risks to drivers with whom they share the road, the types of commodities they carry, as well as how those goods are loaded and secured, are also public safety risks that must be ...
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  • Proposed Bill Prompted by Deadly Truck Wrecks Calls for Mandatory Side Underride Guards

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-Jan-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel In many of our blog posts, we have discussed the immense dangers commercial trucks and tractor-trailers pose to public safety, as well as the numerous regulations in place designed to reduce those risks. Unfortunately, we have also detailed many shortcomings in the regulatory landscape surrounding commercial trucking, as well as efforts that have pursued and resulted in ...
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  • Sexual Assault & Abuse Civil Lawsuits: What Victims Need to Know

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Jan-2018

    Sexual misconduct has become a prominent topic, with news stories featuring high profile claims of harassment, assault, abuse, and other inappropriate conduct on a nearly daily basis. While many of these claims involve individuals of important stature or fame, it is important to remember that sexual assault and abuse is not limited to those in the spotlight. It can and does happen to all types of ...
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  • Joseph Cammarata Appears on CNN to Share Insight on Defamation Lawsuit Against President Trump

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 15-Jan-2018

    Partner Joseph Cammarata was a featured guest on a recent edition of CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, where he discussed a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump. The lawsuit was filed by Summer Zervos, a former contestant on The Apprentice who received threats after President Trump publicly denounced her allegations of being groped and said she “made up” her claims for political ...
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  • Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. Partner Joseph Cammarata recently appeared on HLN’s two-hour daily news program Michaela to share his insight on a story regarding former President Bill Clinton’s infamous sexual harassment scandal, in which he played a role as an attorney for Paula Jones. HLN aired a special report on the topic on Sunday 12/10 at 9:00 pm ET. Mr. Cammarata ...
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