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Personal Injury Blog

  • 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protected bike lanes and bike commuting routes to the DC metro area, and it even worked tirelessly to help change the outdated ...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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  • AAJ Releases Report on Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 11-Jan-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel As civil trial lawyers dedicated to fighting on behalf of the injured and the wronged, our legal team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. continually covers news, legislative changes, and efforts that relate to corporate misconduct – especially when it negatively impacts the rights of our clients and all American citizens. Recently, the American Association ...
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  • 6 Things Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know in Personal Injury Cases

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Jan-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel In most personal injury cases, insurance companies handle and defend against claims. That’s because insurers are the ones who pay victims compensation when they are harmed by their policyholders – whether that be a negligent driver who carries auto insurance, a business with a commercial policy, or even a doctor with medical malpractice insurance. Because insurance ...
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  • Metro Shuts Down Red Line After Detecting Same Problem that Led to Deadly 2009 Fort Totten Crash

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (“Metro”) decided to shut down the red line over the weekend of December 16 to 17, 2017, after tests found deteriorating insulation on the electrical cables that stretch over certain areas of the track. These cables are used to detect the location of trains on the track, so that Metro can coordinate the trains, to ...
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  • Drug & Alcohol Testing for Commercial Drivers: Driver & Company Responsibilities

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Dec-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel In a recent blog, we discussed federally mandated medical exams that are designed to ensure truck and bus drivers with Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) are fit and healthy enough to operate commercial vehicles. As we mentioned, ensuring drivers do not have medical conditions that impact their ability to safely control large vehicles, which can transport both cargo and ...
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  • Partners Joseph Cammarata & Allan M. Siegel Named DC's Top Lawyers by Washingtonian Magazine

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

    Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is pleased to announce that Washingtonian magazine has recognized Partners Joseph Cammarata and Allan M. Siegel in its 2017 Top Lawyers list! This is a prestigious honor that Partner Cammarata has been consistently selected for since 1997, and Partner Siegel since 2004. Both Partners are recognized in the magazine’s December 2017 issue. ...
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  • Trucker Health Certifications: Ensuring Commercial Drivers are Fit for Duty

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Dec-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Ensuring truck drivers are fit and healthy enough to operate commercial trucks and tractor-trailers is a critical part of protecting public safety. Because commercial trucks weigh tens of thousands of pounds, and transport heavy and sometimes dangerous cargo, a trucker with particular health problems can significantly increase the risks of devastating wrecks and put ...
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  • Avoid These 6 Main Causes of Car Accidents This Thanksgiving

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Nov-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Thanksgiving is nearly here, and our legal team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday! Having represented injured victims and families throughout the DC Metro area for over 45 years, we know the seasonal trends when it comes to personal injury, including when there are greater risks for certain types of accidents. ...
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  • Oversight Board Finds DC Police Use Body Cams Improperly in More than One-Third of Investigated Cases

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Nov-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel The Office of Police Complaints is an oversight board that presides over the Metropolitan Police Department. Recently, the OPD reviewed 773 cases this past year in which there was a complaint of misconduct by an officer. According to a report issued in late October, the OPD found that in more than one-third of those cases, at least one involved officer did not use their body ...
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  • Who Can be Held Liable for a Trucking Accident?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Nov-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Establishing fault and liability is a focal point of any negligence claim, including those involving auto and trucking accidents. By determining the underlying cause of an accident, how it resulted from negligence, and how it caused preventable injuries, victims and their loved ones can seek a financial recovery from the party responsible for their damages, including their ...
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  • DC Law Provides Special Protection to Pedestrians and Bicyclists Injured in Motor Vehicle Collisions

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel The District of Columbia – like Maryland and Virginia – operates under an old and often harsh legal rule called “contributory negligence.” This means that if you are injured by someone else’s negligence, if you bore any responsibility for the incident – even if the wrongdoer was much more at fault than you – then you are not legally ...
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  • Researchers Identify Biomarkers That May Help Diagnose Concussions, Brain Injuries Through Blood Tests

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 2-Nov-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Mild traumatic brain injuries, or concussions, are notorious for being difficult to diagnose. This is due in large part to imaging tests, such as CT scans or MRIs, which are not always able to identify mild traumas in the brain. Although doctors and specialists commonly make diagnoses for concussions, they often do so as a result of comprehensive evaluations, including ...
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