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Blog Posts in 2017

  • 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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  • New Technology in Cars Increases Risks of Distracted Driving

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Oct-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Distracted driving is a big problem in our country, and recent developments in car technology isn’t helping. In 2015 alone, roughly 3,500 people were killed, and nearly 400,000 were injured in vehicle collisions involving distracted motorists, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Additionally, driver distraction has been found to pose ...
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  • Study Shows State Laws Help Reduce Concussion Risks for High School Athletes

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Oct-2017

    By: Joseph Cammarata The past decade has been one filled with new studies and information confirming the risks athletes face when they suffer concussions. Today, growing evidence has helped illustrate the profound and devastating effects of traumatic brain injuries, including one recent study in which researchers found chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 99% of former NFL athletes. These ...
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  • Top 5 Mistakes Made After a Car Accident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 18-Oct-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel What you say and do following a car accident can make the difference when you file a personal injury claim to recover your damages. Because victims often struggle with the physical, financial, and emotional burdens created by accidents, remembering the right things to do can be difficult. That’s why working with an experienced lawyer can help ensure the correct steps are ...
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  • Researchers Explore Way to Diagnose Brain Damage in Living Football Players

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Oct-2017

    By: Joseph Cammarata Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is a neurodegenerative brain condition linked to repetitive head trauma. As numerous studies and even the National Football League have indicated, CTE is linked to a number of serious disorders, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and ALS, among others. It has also been associated with behavioral changes, gradual onset of ...
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  • Concerns Rise Over Budget Charter Bus Companies with Poor Safety Records

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Sep-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Following last week’s fatal charter bus accident in Queens that killed three victims, officials and advocates are again demanding a closer look into thousands of private bus companies operating in the U.S. While what they are likely to find, unfortunately, is nothing secret, it is incredibly alarming. That’s because many private bus companies with poor safety ...
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  • Congratulations to Rackeb Mered the winner of the 2017 Ethiopian Heritage Scholarship Award!

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 25-Sep-2017

    We are proud to congratulate our 2017 Ethiopian Heritage College Scholarship recipient, Rackeb Mered. Rackeb celebrated this wonderful achievement with us on August 17, 2017. Rackeb impressed us first with her very qualified application and second with her touching essay. Rackeb Mered was born in the United States shortly after her parents emigrated from Ethiopia. She was raised in Alexandria, ...
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  • Joseph Cammarata Earns Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 19-Sep-2017

    Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. is pleased to announce that Firm Partner Joseph Cammarata has been selected as a 2017 recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. This prestigious honor celebrates a noteworthy career spent advocating for the injured and the wronged, and speaks volumes about the respect Partner Cammarata has cultivated throughout the local and ...
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  • 9 out of 10 Fans Agree Brain Injuries in Football are Problematic, Yet Many Remain Fans

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

    By: Joseph Cammarata The NFL season is here, and while recent studies and lawsuits have raised awareness about the long-term risks associated with repetitive brain trauma in football, most people still remain fans of the sport. In fact, recent polls of sports fans indicate that the publicity surrounding traumatic brain injuries has done little to detract from the sport’s popularity. As one ...
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  • Profiting from Brain Trauma: Football Broadcaster Resigns Over Player Health Consequences

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 11-Sep-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel As football season begins, lingering concerns over traumatic brain injuries and long-term risks faced by players seem to subside in favor of one of the nation’s favorite pastimes. For Ed Cunningham, a former NFL player and football analyst for ESPN and ABC, however, those risks were simply too much to support, and have led to his resignation from the broadcast booth. ...
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  • 4 Myths About Compensation & Car Accidents

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 5-Sep-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel After a car accident resulting in injuries, the steps you take are critical to protecting your ability to recover your damages. When financial needs, legal issues, and insurance become involved, victims need to have the facts about their rights and how the process works. At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Washington, DC car accident lawyers have worked with ...
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  • Why Did United Medical Center Obstetrics Ward Shut Down?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 31-Aug-2017

    By: Megan Gibson The full answer to this question remains a mystery. What we know is that as of August 7, 2017 the DC Department of Health (DOH) restricted the United Medical Center's (UMC) license to treat obstetric patients. UMC is the only full-service hospital in SE DC, and this closure is a huge blow the community. The answer to our question seems to be that there were some large-scale, ...
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  • Federal Government Will No Longer Pursue Regulations to Address Trucker Sleep Apnea

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Aug-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel On Friday, August 4, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that it will no longer be pursuing regulations to address obstructive sleep apnea in drivers of commercial trucks and tractor-trailers. Prior to the announcement, the agency was considering ways to better diagnose, screen, and regulate drivers with the sleep disorder. As we have ...
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  • President Trump Signs Resolution to Approve Metro Safety Commission

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-Aug-2017

    By: Joseph Cammarata President Donald Trump has signed a resolution for final approval of the creation of the new Metro Safety Commission, an oversight agency that will be responsible for making Metro safer. The long-awaited commission is seen as a critical move for public safety that will help address Metro’s concerning safety record and seek to prevent serious incidents. Following a series ...
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  • Federal Investigators Provide Insight into Fatal Silver Spring Apartment Explosion

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

    By: Joseph Cammarata A preliminary report released this past Tuesday shows federal investigators found a disconnected vent pipe in the meter room where natural gas built up prior to a fatal explosion at a Silver Spring apartment complex last year. According to the report from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), together with the National Transportation Safety Board ...
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  • Roadway Conditions to be Investigated After Metrobus Collides into Parked Vehicles, Injures Victims

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Aug-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel A Metrobus accident that shut down the 600 block of H Street NW, Sunday afternoon and injured several victims may have been caused by a defect in road construction, officials are reporting. According to authorities, the incident occurred at the intersection of 7 th and H Streets NW, near Gallery Place, when a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) bus crashed ...
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  • Crash Test Shows Truck Collision With and Without Side Underride Guards

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 17-Aug-2017

    By Allan M. Siegel In a previous blog, we discussed side underride guards and how their use on tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles can help reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries that can result from truck accidents. While the federal government requires steel safety guards to be mounted to the back of commercial trucks, which can help prevent devastating injuries ...
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