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Blog Posts in 2015

  • How the Public Duty Doctrine Makes the District of Columbia Unaccountable to its Own Citizens

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 28-Dec-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel As a general rule, if a person is negligent in a way that injures someone else, the injured person has a right to sue the wrongdoer for damages. But that usual rule breaks down when the wrongdoer is an employee of the District of Columbia, such as a police officer, firefighter, or ambulance personnel. For several decades, the D.C. Court of Appeals has applied the “public ...
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  • Sony's "Concussion" Hits Theaters Christmas Day

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Dec-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Sony’s “Concussion,” starring Will Smith, will be released in theaters this Friday, December 25. As advocates for those who have suffered from concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injuries, we at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. are pleased that a film like this has been made to speak out for the 5.2 million Americans who suffer from the ...
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  • Congratulations to Partners Joseph Cammarata and Allan M. Siegel on being named two of “Washington’s Top Lawyers” in a biennial survey published by Washingtonian magazine. They are featured in the December 2015 edition of the publication. Partners Cammarata and Siegel are no strangers to this honor. In fact, Partner Cammarata has achieved recognition every year the survey has ...
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  • President Obama Signs $305B FAST Act Highway Bill

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 8-Dec-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, a five year, long-term bill that is slated to be the last highway bill, has just been signed into law by President Obama only hours away from the scheduled expiration of the nation’s road and transit spending. This new law, which will be paid for with tax revenue and approximately $70 billion in offsets of the ...
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  • What's the Legal Risk of Using Your Cell Phone While Driving in D.C.?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Dec-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel In the District of Columbia, the law requires that drivers use reasonable care to avoid accidents that harm others. Well, what is “reasonable care”? Reasonable care is generally understood to mean devoting your full time and attention to driving in a safe manner. If your attention to the road is drawn away by flipping through emails on the road, there’s more ...
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  • Texting Truckers: Police Struggling to Crack Down

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 3-Dec-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Many people are aware that texting and driving is a recipe for disaster, especially when it comes to commercial trucks that can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Because tractor-trailers can cause devastating damage in an accident, commercial drivers are held to a higher standard and face tougher laws. However, many truckers continue to drive with dangerous distractions, and police ...
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  • Over 30 College Students Injured in Bus Accident Near Richmond

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Nov-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Dozens of college students were injured Sunday evening when a charter bus lost control and overturned near Richmond. According to Virginia State Police, the accident occurred at 7:15 p.m. on the ramp from Powhite Parkway to Chippenham Parkway in North Chesterfield County, just south of Richmond. The bus was transporting students back to several colleges after Thanksgiving ...
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  • Man Killed on Metro Train Tracks Outside D.C.

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Nov-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel About a month after the Federal Government announced that it would assume responsibility for safety oversight of Metro trains, another death has occurred. On the evening of November 23, 2015, a man was run over and killed by a Blue Line Metro train on the tracks of the Capitol Heights Station in Prince George’s County. Metro Transit Police are still investigating whether ...
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  • Attorneys Cammarata & Tievsky Add Four New Plaintiffs to Defamation Complaint Against Bill Cosby

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-Nov-2015

    In the third amendment made to the defamation complaint against Bill Cosby, Partner Joseph Cammarata and Associate Attorney Matthew Tievsky have added four more women to the lawsuit filed on behalf of Tamara Green, Therese Serignese and Linda Traitz. This amendment brings the total number of plaintiffs to seven women. New claims against Mr. Cosby have also been added to the complaint for false ...
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  • Student Athletes Suffer Concussions During Practice More than Games, Study Shows

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Nov-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Football season is in full swing, and that means daily practices and Friday night lights at fields and school across the country. Although we know that athletes give it their all come game time, new research is suggesting that practice - not actual games - is where athletes may face the greatest risks of suffering injuries, especially concussions. The new study, conducted by ...
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  • Hospitals to Pay $250 Million After Whistleblowers File Medicare Billing Lawsuit

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-Nov-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced it reached agreements with 457 hospitals, who will pay more than $250 million to settle Medicare billing fraud charges related to a whistleblower lawsuit. The hospitals were charged in a whistleblower lawsuit with fraudulently billing Medicare for implanting cardiac devices. The False Claims Act empowers individuals with ...
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  • Pedestrian Injured After Being Pinned Under Greyhound Bus in NW DC

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Nov-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel A pedestrian was seriously injured following a bus accident in Northwest DC earlier this afternoon. According to officials at D.C. Fire and EMS, the man was struck by a Greyhound bus near 7 th Street Massachusetts Avenue shortly after 1:00 pm. Authorities report that the bus was making a left onto 7 th when it struck the man, who was then pinned under the rear wheels of the ...
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  • Motorcyclist Killed in Fatal Accident with Bus in Bethesda

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Nov-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel A motorcycle rider was killed early this morning following a tragic crash with a bus at the intersection of Rockville Pike and South Drive in Bethesda, Maryland. According to authorities, the crash took place shortly after 6:00 a.m. and involved a Ride On bus from Montgomery County Transit. A spokesperson from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service said the motorcyclist ...
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  • How Drunk Driving is Treated in Lawsuits Filed in the DMV Area

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 3-Nov-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky Drunk driving accidents are probably the worst kind of accidents. A drunk driving accident tends to be more deadly than the usual car accident, and it is particularly preventable – if only the wrongdoer wouldn’t get behind the wheel of a car while intoxicated. How, then, do different jurisdictions in this area treat drunk drivers who are sued by the people that they ...
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  • Statistics Show Fatal Tractor-Trailer Crashes More Likely in Certain States

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 2-Nov-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Accidents involving commercial tractor-trailers happen in a lot of different places, and for a lot of different reasons. Although there are many laws and regulations in place to prevent these serious crashes, truck accidents continue to injure and kill thousands of Americans every year all across our country. According to a statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic ...
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  • Ignition Interlock Device May Help Prevent Texting While Driving Accidents

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Oct-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Statistics and stories of tragic accidents make it clear that texting while driving is a negligent and dangerous act. Still, efforts to combat the problem and significantly reduce distraction-related crashes have been sluggish and not as effective as many hoped. However, one device from a Roanoke-based company may be able to provide the technology that helps businesses, ...
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  • Innocent UDC Student Alleges Police Brutality

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Oct-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky Jason Goolsby, an 18 year-old student of the University of the District of Columbia, was violently arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department on October 12, 2015. Mr. Goolsby had visited a bank in Eastern Market to withdraw money, and was walking home with friends, when a nearby woman called 911, suspecting that Mr. Goolsby and his friends were planning a robbery. Within ...
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  • Federal Government Assumes Responsibility for Safety on Metro Rail

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Oct-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel As we recently blogged, Metro’s rail system is currently overseen by the Federal Transit Administration (“FTA”), an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation (“DOT”). To fix Metro’s endemic safety problems on its rail system, the National Transportation Safety Board recommended that Metro’s rail system be reclassified under ...
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  • Bicyclist Injuries on the Rise

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 14-Oct-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Over the last few weeks bicyclist fatalities have made the news locally, including a bicyclist killed in Fairfax County and another in Bethesda. The Fairfax incident involved a bicyclist riding around 8 p.m. when he was struck from behind by an SUV. He was bicycling with a partner, but not wearing reflective clothing and did not have any lights on the bicycle. The Montgomery ...
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  • GM Agrees to Major Settlement in Faulty Ignition Switch Cases and Criminal Fines

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-Oct-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Last month, General Motors reached an agreement to settle up to 1,380 individual death and personal injury claims arising from the faulty ignition switch that had been installed in its vehicles. It is estimated that the 1,380 plaintiffs account for about 60% of the personal injury lawsuits it is facing. It is believed that at least 370 injury victims and families of 84 ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel Accidents on Metro’s rail system are nothing new. To take a few recent examples, on January 12, 2015, a yellow line train became stuck in a tunnel, and flooded with smoke. Dozens of people became ill, and one woman died. On August 6 of this year, a train derailed between the Federal Triangle and Smithsonian stations. And, on September 21, an electrical failure brought a ...
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  • Partner Joseph Cammarata Wins $4.5 Million Verdict for Pedestrian Accident Victim

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 5-Oct-2015

    Please join Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. in congratulating Partner Joseph Cammarata on recently securing a $4.5 million verdict on behalf of a client who was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident. The accident, which occurred in Alexandria, Virginia, involved a collision in which Partner Cammarata’s client was struck from behind by a left-turning Alexandria Transit Bus ...
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  • Jackknifed Tractor-Trailer Clogs Capital Beltway

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 2-Oct-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel On Wednesday morning, a major tractor-trailer accident on the Capital Beltway in Virginia created an large mess and massive traffic delays. If you take this route as part of your commute, it is likely you know how severe the backup was. These delays were caused in part by the extensive damage that resulted from the crash, as well as the sizable efforts required by workers to ...
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  • Fig & Olive Salmonella Outbreak: 60 Diagnosed Cases, Over 100 More Possible

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Sep-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel The Fig & Olive restaurant in CityCenterDC has reopened its doors after the DC Department of Health shut the restaurant down following a salmonella outbreak that sickened numerous diners. According to officials, no food samples were found to have contained the harmful bacteria. The restaurant had been closed since September 10 th. Here is what is known about the outbreak so ...
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  • Despite Need to Tighten Trucking Regulations, Congress Looks to Loosen

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Sep-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel Late last month, the New York Times published an opinion piece on the need for tougher trucking regulations. The article - The Trucks are Killing Us - begins by pointing out some alarming statistics regarding tractor-trailer accidents and the tremendous damage they can cause on U.S roadways. The statistics included: More people in the U.S. will be killed in truck accidents this ...
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