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Blog Posts in March, 2016

  • Today the National Council on Youth Sports Safety (NCYSS) hosted a Sports Huddle on Concussion, which took place on Capitol Hill in the Rayburn Building. The goal of the event was to help raise awareness about concussions in youth sports in our local communities. The panelist of speakers discussed best practices for implementing concussion policies and barriers to implementation, as well as public ...
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  • The Danger of Untreated Sleep Apnea in Truck Drivers

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Mar-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel New research from the University of Minnesota Morris indicates that truck drivers who fail to maintain their sleep apnea treatments are five times more likely to be involved in a serious truck accident. The study is the largest analysis to date of crash risk among truck drivers with a breathing disorder, and comes as an important part of a debate over whether commercial drivers ...
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  • Federal Transit Authority Issues Report on Metro Rail "Red Light" Violations

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 28-Mar-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky Given Metro’s poor safety record, the Federal Transit Authority recently took over responsibility for safety oversight on the D.C. area’s major provider of public transportation. The FTA recently issued a report on “red light” violations by Metro train operators. This means instances in which an operator continued to drive a train even though he or she ...
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  • Hulk Hogan Slams Gawker With $140.1 Million Invasion of Privacy Verdict

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Mar-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel On March 18, a Florida jury sent a message that the American public will not tolerate invasions of privacy. The jury awarded Hulk Hogan (real name: Terry Bollea) $115 million in compensatory damages after the gossip website Gawker published a sex tape of the famous wrestler and Heather Clem, the ex-wife of shock jock Bubba the Love Sponge Clem. On March 21, the jury tacked on ...
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  • Whistleblower Awarded More Than $7 Million for Reporting Fraudulent Medicare Billing

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel The U.S. Department of Justice recently announced that Fort Myers, Florida-based cancer treatment provider 21st Century Oncology will pay $34.7 million to settle allegations that it billed Medicare for medically-unnecessary procedures. The lawsuit was initially filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which allows individuals to work with an attorney ...
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  • NFL Finally Admits Link Between Head Trauma & Brain Disease

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel The National Football League has finally acknowledged that there is a link between football-related head trauma and serious degenerative brain diseases like CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). The NFL’s executive vice president of health and safety policy, Jeff Miller, made the admission Monday, March 14 during a roundtable discussion on concussions held by the U.S. ...
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  • Simple Changes in the Lives of Brain Injury Patients

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-Mar-2016

    By: Joseph Cammarata Years of research and studies have shown equine-assisted activities to be beneficial for a wide range of patients suffering from various conditions, including traumatic brain injuries, autism, cerebral palsy, PTSD, and more. Simple Changes is a therapeutic riding center located in Mason Neck, Virginia that offers therapeutic riding to patients from all over the Washington, ...
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  • March 16, 2016: Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Mar-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Today the Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is hosting Brain Injury Awareness Day on Capitol Hill. The event kicks off at 10:00 a.m. with the Brain Injury Awareness Fair in the Cannon Caucus Room. The fair will feature over 50 exhibitors, including the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators and the National Disability Rights Network, who along with ...
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  • In DC, Am I Liable if Someone Borrows My Gar and Gets in an Accident?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel || 12-Mar-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel Have you ever wondered if you can be held liable when your friend borrows your car and causes a car crash? In the District of Columbia, if you allow someone to use your vehicle, you may be held legally responsible for that person’s careless actions. The Motor Vehicle Safety Responsibility Act (D.C. Code §50-1301.08) states that the driver of any vehicle operated in ...
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  • Erin Andrews Awarded $55 Million in Privacy Invasion Lawsuit

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

    A Tennessee jury has awarded sports reporter Erin Andrews $55 million in an invasion of privacy lawsuit. Andrews sued after peeping tom video footage of her in a Nashville hotel surfaced online in 2009. Andrews’ stalker videotaped her nude through a peephole from the hotel room next to Andrews’ room. She filed suit against the operator, a Nashville-based Marriott hotel, and Michael ...
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  • Truck Inspections Save Thousands of Lives, Says FMCSA Report

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

    According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) annual Roadside Intervention Effectiveness Model (RIEM) analysis, roadside truck safety inspections saved approximately 7,000 lives and prevented more than 9,000 injuries between 2001 and 2012. More than 3.5 million of these inspections are conducted each year in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. ...
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  • Self-Driving Car Strikes Public Bus in California

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Mar-2016

    Think driverless cars can’t get into accidents? Think again. Last month, a self-driving car being tested by Google collided with a California public bus on Valentine’s Day, according to an accident report filed with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Google reported that the car was attempting to drive around some sandbags on a city street when it struck the right front side ...
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  • To File a Claim, Whistleblowers Usually Need Non-Public Information

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 2-Mar-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The False Claims Act bars whistleblower claims based on information in the public domain. What this means practically is that you can’t file a whistleblower case based on something you read in the news (unless you contribute your own special expertise in interpreting the news in a non-obvious manner). The law is meant to strike a balance between encouraging meritorious ...
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  • New Report Reveals NFL Interference in Concussion Research

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 2-Mar-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel A new report by ESPN’s Outside the Lines has suggested that the NFL, one of the largest funders of brain research in the United States, has worked to subtly influence research efforts and downplay the link between football and traumatic brain injury. While the NFL donates more than $100 million to research that seems altruistic on the surface, the organization has ...
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  • Whistleblower Awards Depend on a Variety of Factors

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel The law incentivizes whistleblowers (who are termed “relators” under the federal False Claims Act) to bring fraudulent activity to the government’s attention. Under the False Claims Act, whistleblowers can receive substantial monetary awards for reporting fraud that cheats government programs. When the first iteration of the False Claims Act in the 19 th ...
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