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Blog Posts in 2008

  • Steven Kaminski Wins $36,000 Judgment for Two Injured Women

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 24-Dec-2008

    The two women were in a rear-end car accident in August, 2007 and suffered strain injuries to their necks and backs. Additionally, one woman had post-traumatic headaches. Their cases were put into suit in July, 2008 and due to the quick trial docket in Prince George's County District Court, the cases were tried to a verdict on December 1, 2008. Although the defense attorney attempted to argue that ...
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  • Associate Ebony M. Robinson Joins College Bound

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 17-Dec-2008

    We are pleased to announce that Associate Ebony M. Robinson has joined College Bound of the District of Columbia as a mentor. As a mentor, or "partner" as described by the program, Ebony has been assigned to work with an 11th grade public school student to help with homework, College Bound's Math and Language Arts curriculum, and with numerous college preparation activities. Ebony ...
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  • Partner Joseph Cammarata Wins Appeal in D.C. Court of Appeals

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 7-Nov-2008

    Our client was stopped at a light and rear-ended by a car driven by Mr. Clemencia. Our client suffered an injury to her neck. Efforts to resolve our client's claim without the need to file a lawsuit were unsuccessful resulting in Partner Joseph Cammarata and the law firm filing a law suit against Mr. Clemencia in the D.C. Superior Court. After Mr. Clemencia was served with the Complaint, Mr. ...
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  • DC-TLA President Siegel Lectures at Trial Lawyer's Seminar

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 3-Nov-2008

    Partner Allan M. Siegel was a featured lecturer at an all day seminar on October 17, 2008 on litigating automobile and tractor-trailer cases. The seminar was sponsored by the D.C. Metropolitan Area Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Siegel is currently the President of that organization, and was instrumental in the planning of the seminar. The all-day seminar focused on teaching lawyers how to ...
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  • Partner Allan Siegel Settles Slip and Fall Case for $100,000

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 29-Oct-2008

    Our client had parked his car in the parking lot of a local retail store. He got out of his car and slipped and fell on a large puddle of oil and/or antifreeze causing him to strike his head and neck. He ultimately was diagnosed as having a herniated disk in his neck. The owner of the store claimed that it was not responsible for the our client's fall since its employees did not cause the oil ...
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  • Woman Suffers TBI While Entering a Restaurant Obtains Settlement

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 27-Oct-2008

    On November 10, 2005 at approximately 2:30 p.m., our client was entering the California Grill restaurant in Washington, D.C. when her foot got caught on a portion of the floor which was not level with the door threshold, causing her to fall. Her knees struck the floor and her body fell forward causing her head to strike a glass wall which was in the vestibule directly in front of her. The door and ...
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  • Brain Injury Services, Inc.

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 17-Oct-2008

    Brain Injury Services, Inc., a Springfield, Virginia organization whose mission it is to improve the lives of people who are affected by brain injury through community-based programs, education and advocacy have provided information regarding a series of seminars which will take place from October all the way through July 2009. The recovery group's topic schedule is appended hereto as an ...
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  • Non-Economic Damages Cap in Maryland

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 13-Oct-2008

    October 1, 2008 brought a change in the maximum amount of recovery for non-economic damages in the state of Maryland. The state of Maryland has a " cap" on non-economic damages. This means that there is a legislatively determined maximum amount of recovery available to an individual injured in the state of Maryland as a result of the negligence of others. The amount of the recovery changes every ...
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  • The National Sleep Foundation estimates that more than two-thirds of adults have a sleep-related problem and 23% have actually fallen asleep while driving. Many sleep-deprived people believe that they can function well with only a few hours of sleep each night, over a lengthy period of time. That assumption is erroneous. Sleep deprivation can have a significant, negative impact on mental and ...
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  • How Traumatic Brain Injuries Are Treated

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 8-Oct-2008

    Early diagnosis and treatment frequently increases the likelihood of improving skills, alertness and attention of the person with a traumatic brain injury. Professionals will focus on improving orientation to person, place, time and situation and stimulating speech and understanding. Therapists can provide exercises in situations where speech or swallowing is difficult. Longer term rehabilitation ...
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  • The assessment of cognitive and communication problems is an ongoing process that involves a physician not known as a neurologist and his team of individuals who are not physicians who work on the rehabilitative and diagnostic components of recovery. For instance, once a person's physical condition is stabilized, a speech and language pathologist may evaluate cognitive and communication skills. A ...
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  • The Effects of Brain Injury on Cognition and Communication

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 3-Oct-2008

    The effects of brain damage are usually greatest within a few days following the injury. However, there are some effects of a traumatic brain injury that develop over time. For instance, when an individual suffers temporary brain damage resulting from a bruising, also known as a contusion, swelling may develop. In those situations, more often than not, the brain returns to its normal function once ...
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  • Ringler Radio

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 1-Oct-2008

    Partners Ira Sherman and Joseph Cammarata recently attended the American Association for Justice's Annual Convention in Philadelphia. While at the convention, they were interviewed about traumatic brain injury by Ms. Cindy Chanley and Mr. Larry Cohen of Ringler Radio. Click here to listen to the interview in its entirety.
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  • What Is Traumatic Brain Injury?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 26-Sep-2008

    So much is being written about Traumatic Brain Injury that it is appropriate to again address the topic in numerous entries in this blog. This is the first of a series. Traumatic Brain Injury is a sudden physical damage to the brain. The damage may be subtle, to small vessels in the brain or dramatic, when a gunshot passes through the skull and piercing the brain. Damage to the brain can be caused ...
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  • Brain Injury Association of the District of Columbia

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 8-Sep-2008

    The Brain Injury Association of the District of Columbia submitted its application to be an affiliate of the national organization, the Brain Injury Association of America. The Brain Injury Association of the District of Columbia, a non-profit organization, is seeking to be declared the local affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America. The application process requires the Brain Injury ...
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    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 22-Aug-2008

    Being a lawyer is much bigger than going to court, drafting pleadings and discovery, taking depositions, and the like. Being a lawyer means that you have committed yourself to the art and idea of ADVOCACY. Advocacy is defined by Webster 's dictionary as "the act or process of advocating or supporting a cause or proposal." Yes, this is true, but advocacy begins before a pleading is ever filed or ...
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  • The Importance of Eye Contact

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 20-Aug-2008

    When you are speaking to a person and they do not make eye contact with you, are they lying? Not necessarily. Studies have shown that lack of eye contact while speaking with someone is driven more by some overwhelming emotion rather than truthfulness. Could the person you are speaking to be lying? Sure they could - the overwhelming emotion that person is feeling may stem from the fact they are ...
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  • AAJ Names 10 Worst Insurance Companies

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 18-Aug-2008

    The American Association for Justice ("AAJ") released a report identifying the 10 worst insurance companies in America. The report is called "the Ten Worst Insurance Companies in America - How They Raise Premiums, Deny Claims and Refuse Insurance to Those Who Need it Most." AAJ identified these insurance companies by undertaking a comprehensive investigation of court documents, ...
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  • Allan M. Siegel Writes First President's Message

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 13-Aug-2008

    Allan M. Siegel was installed as the President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. on May 10, 2008. As President, Allan writes a quarterly message to the trial lawyer members, which is published in DC TRIAL, the association's magazine. In Allan's first message he acknowledges how the association has grown over the years as a result of the hard work of all of ...
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  • Partner Allan Siegel's Success Against the Post Office Continues

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 11-Aug-2008

    Allan M. Siegel recently settled a case against the United States Postal Service for $97,500. Our client was driving home from a night club when she was struck in the rear by a tractor trailer owned by the postal service. The postal worker alleged that he struck our client's vehicle because her rear taillights were not working. However, he admitted that he saw her vehicle 50 yards back, yet ...
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  • Why Do Drownings and Near-Drownings Occur?

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 5-Aug-2008

    Our community has recently suffered through an extraordinary number of drowning and near-drownings. The only explanation for a child drowning or nearly drowning is a failure on the part of supervisors to do their job. That is the sole cause of a near-drowning or for a child to drown. The law firm of Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has represented families whose children have drowned ...
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  • The Number One Complaint About Lawyers

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 1-Aug-2008

    People love to talk about legal issues in the news, cases and verdicts they have heard about, the latest laws passed by Congress or proposed by the President, and lawyers these friends and family may have encountered in their life or business. However, when I speak with people about lawyers and the law, the number one complaint I hear over and over again is that lawyers are often very difficult ...
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  • District Court Practice

    Posted By chaikinandsherman || 28-Jul-2008

    More personal injury cases are being brought in the District Courts of Maryland. The District Courts in Maryland handle civil cases, like lawsuits for injuries, with a value below $30,000.00. Filing auto accident cases in these Courts brings a number of advantages for our clients in the form of a substantial decrease in the expense and time in getting the case to trial. The savings realized in ...
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  • Partner Allan M. Siegel Testifies in front of D.C. Council

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 25-Jul-2008

    Partner Allan M. Siegel testified before the D.C. Council regarding a very important piece of legislation which the Council is considering implementing. The legislation would require that all public spaces, including city recreation centers, make defibrillators available. A defibrillator is an electronic device that applies an electric shock to restore the rhythm of a fibrillating heart. The ...
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  • Partners Ira Sherman and Joseph Cammarata taped a radio show entitled "Brain Injuries 101" for Ringler Radio during the national American Association for Justice convention in Philadelphia in July 2008. Messrs. Sherman and Cammarata alternated in responding to questions presented by Ms. Cindy Chanley, the moderator. The program emphasized the importance in recognizing the significant, ...
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