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Blog Posts in April, 2016

  • What Affect Does Getting a Ticket Have on an Auto Accident Lawsuit in D.C.?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 26-Apr-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky Officers of the Metropolitan Police Department do not issue a ticket for every auto accident. In the cases where they do, however, it raises an interesting question: If one driver sues another, and the police issued a ticket against one of the drivers, can that ticket be used as evidence in the lawsuit? In the first place, the ticket itself cannot be used against the driver who ...
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  • What it Takes to Make a Slip-and-Fall Case

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 22-Apr-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky Imagine you are on someone else’s property, such as a convenience store. While on the property, you slip on some sort of liquid on the ground that you did not see, and injure yourself. Can you hold the property owner liable? In the District of Columbia, you can successfully sue the property owner, generally under one of two conditions. First, an employee of the property ...
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  • Pop Warner Settles Head Injury Lawsuit

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 19-Apr-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Pop Warner, a Pennsylvania-based national youth football organization, recently settled a lawsuit filed in Wisconsin involving the suicide of a man who played football for the organization as a child. The lawsuit, which was filed by the mother of the former football player, claims that the 25-year-old man’s suicide was a result of significant brain damage caused by ...
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  • Experts Say Amtrak Accident Should Have Been Prevented

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel “This is an absolutely shouldn’t-have-happened situation… the safety procedures are in place to prevent exactly this,” said Allan Zarembski, director of the University of Delaware’s Railroad Engineering and Safety Program. Zarembski is referring to the deadly Amtrak crash that occurred last week just south of Philadelphia that killed two workers ...
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  • What Do I Have to Show to Win a DC Car Accident Case?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-Apr-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel If you file a legal claim in the District of Columbia for injuries related to a car accident, the burden is on you to prove that the at-fault driver was negligent. In order to win their case, victims must prove “by a preponderance of the evidence” that the at-fault driver’s negligence caused the victim’s injuries. The preponderance standard essentially ...
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  • How Does Drunk Driving Affect An Auto Accident Lawsuit in DC

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 8-Apr-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky In our work, we sometimes help clients who have been injured in auto accidents caused by drunk drivers. How a DUI can affect the value of a D.C. auto accident case is an interesting and controversial issue. Everyone agrees, of course, that if a driver was DUI at the time of an auto accident, that this is strong evidence that the accident was the drunk driver’s fault. But ...
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  • By Clicking "I Agree," Consumer Did Not Agree to Give Up Right to Go to Court

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel In a victory for American consumers, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently held that a credit reporting agency could not enforce an arbitration agreement concealed deep in a lengthy service agreement on its website. The case started when Gary Sgouros sued TransUnion in 2014 after the credit reporting company provided him with a credit report that reported ...
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  • Two People Killed in Amtrak Collision

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 5-Apr-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Two Amtrak workers were killed and dozens of passengers were injured after a Washington, DC-bound train collided with a backhoe on Sunday morning. The accident occurred south of Philadelphia less than a year after another Amtrak derailment accident killed eight people. According to Stephen Gardner, the Vice President of Amtrak, the lead engine of the train derailed at around ...
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  • Can a Whistleblower Who Filed Bankruptcy Pursue a False Claims Act Case?

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Whistleblowers (called “relators” in the False Claims Act) may have difficulty in seeking a qui tam award if they have filed for bankruptcy. A federal court has previously held that a whistleblower who filed for bankruptcy lacks standing to be a plaintiff. See United States ex rel. Gebert v. Transport Administrative Services, 260 F.3d 909 (8th Cir. 2001). In the ...
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