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  • At Least 6 Victims Dead Following Collapse of Pedestrian Bridge in Miami, Important Questions Raised

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Mar-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel Officials from Miami-Dade County have reported that at least six victims were killed when a 950 ton bridge near Florida International University collapsed over a busy road Thursday afternoon. As federal officials begin their investigation of the catastrophic Miami bridge collapse, authorities continuing to shift through the debris to remove victims have stated that the death ...
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  • When Can an Employer be Held Accountable for the Wrongful Acts of an Employee?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 15-Mar-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel A person who intentionally or negligently hurts someone can be held legally accountable for the harm. But if the wrongdoer was working on the job or performing job-related duties at the time, can the employer be held legally accountable as well? This is a particularly important question – especially when the wrongdoer lacks insurance coverage and the personal wealth to ...
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  • Largest Pretrial Settlement in History Awarded to Helicopter Crash Survivor

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Mar-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel A former flight nurse from Colorado who survived a devastating helicopter ambulance crash will receive what it believed to be the largest pretrial settlement in U.S. history for an individual personal injury claim. According to lawyers, the 47-year-old victim will receive a $100 million cash settlement from the helicopter manufacturer and operator. The largest settlement on ...
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  • Allan M. Siegel, Ashley Page Present WABA Bicycle Crash Workshop

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Jan-2018

    On January 17 th, Partner Allan M. Siegel and Associate Ashley Page presented at the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s (WABA) workshop “What to Do After a Bike Crash.” This is the second time that Attorneys Siegel and Page have presented this workshop to Washington, D.C. metro area bicyclists. After a bicycle crash, your adrenaline may be flowing or you may be in shock. ...
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  • Sexual Assault & Abuse Civil Lawsuits: What Victims Need to Know

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 16-Jan-2018

    Sexual misconduct has become a prominent topic, with news stories featuring high profile claims of harassment, assault, abuse, and other inappropriate conduct on a nearly daily basis. While many of these claims involve individuals of important stature or fame, it is important to remember that sexual assault and abuse is not limited to those in the spotlight. It can and does happen to all types of ...
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  • AAJ Releases Report on Worst Corporate Conduct of 2017

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 11-Jan-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel As civil trial lawyers dedicated to fighting on behalf of the injured and the wronged, our legal team at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. continually covers news, legislative changes, and efforts that relate to corporate misconduct – especially when it negatively impacts the rights of our clients and all American citizens. Recently, the American Association ...
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  • 6 Things Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know in Personal Injury Cases

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Jan-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel In most personal injury cases, insurance companies handle and defend against claims. That’s because insurers are the ones who pay victims compensation when they are harmed by their policyholders – whether that be a negligent driver who carries auto insurance, a business with a commercial policy, or even a doctor with medical malpractice insurance. Because insurance ...
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Wisconsin Court of Appeals Finds Medical Malpractice Caps Unconstitutional

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Aug-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel In a previous blog post, we discussed a Florida Supreme Court ruling that struck down damages caps in medical malpractice cases. Those caps, which limited the amount of non-economic damages victims and families are able to recover following injuries caused by negligent medical professionals, were ruled unconstitutional because they unfairly infringed upon the rights of victims. ...
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  • Sexual Abuse in Nursing Homes More Widespread than Most Believe

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel The number of elderly individuals who reside in nursing homes or receive assisted care has increased significantly in recent years. With aging Baby Boomers and more of these services becoming available, those numbers are only expected to increase. As such, seniors and families making the decision to opt for nursing care over other options, such as living with relatives, need to ...
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  • Medical Malpractice Caps Are Ruled Unconstitutional by Florida Supreme Court

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-Jul-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel In a landmark decision, the Florida Supreme Court ruled to strike down medical malpractice damages caps that have been in place statewide since 2003. According to the Court’s majority opinion, the Justices found capping non-economic damages was unconstitutional because they were implemented arbitrarily and unfairly infringed upon the rights of victims who suffer the most ...
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  • Fourth of July Safety Tips

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 3-Jul-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. would like to wish everyone a happy, safe, and enjoyable Fourth of July. During this time of year, we are thankful to live in a country where citizens have rights and freedoms and where there are systems in place that allow the wronged and injured to obtain justice. In past blogs, we have discussed the American civil justice system ...
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  • Water Safety: Preventing Drowning Accidents

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 20-Jun-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Summer is here, and many in the DC metro area are cooling off by jumping in the water. If you and your loved ones are enjoying water activities this summer, we would like to remind you about the importance of keeping yourself and your children safe. Drowning accidents happen all the time – at private and public pools, bathtubs, the beach, and other places where water is ...
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  • Toddler Drowns in Backyard Pool at Home Day Care in DC

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

    By: Joseph Cammarata A 2-year-old boy died Tuesday after he was found in a small backyard pool at a home day care center in Washington, DC. Although the official cause of death is still under investigation, the Metropolitan Police Department has stated it was likely an unintentional drowning. Officials report that the boy was found shortly before noon on Tuesday, June 13 at a residence located in ...
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  • Summer Camp Safety: Abuse

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-Jun-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel In a previous blog, we discussed some important information for parents when selecting a camp or program for their children this summer. This includes how to ensure that a camp employs trained staff and counselors, provides requisite safety equipment, and knows how to respond in the event of an emergency. In addition to these concerns, advocates also recommend that parents ...
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  • Sending Your Child to Summer Camp: Safety, Injuries, and Victims' Rights

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 8-Jun-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Many of our clients choose day camps for their children to attend for all or part of the summer. Parents generally assume that the camps are well-operated and that safety is a primary concern. Unfortunately, camps frequently employ paraprofessionals and teenagers to take care of your children. These individuals may not have had adequate training, or any training at all, in the ...
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  • Federal Highway Administration Urged to Rescind Approval of X-LITE Guardrail Following Highway Deaths

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 1-Jun-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is being urged by safety advocates and victims’ families to rescind its regulatory approval of a faulty guardrail system that has been linked to at least 7 confirmed deaths in several states throughout the U.S. The guardrail in question is the Lindsay X-LITE guardrail, which contains an end terminal that has been found to ...
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  • Survivors of Pulse Nightclub Shooting File Lawsuit, Allege Massacre Could Have Been Prevented

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel More than 90 survivors and family members of victims involved in last year’s Orlando Pulse Nightclub shooting recently filed a federal lawsuit against the gunman’s wife and his former employer, alleging that one of the deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history could have been prevented had they responded appropriately to warning signs. Omar Mateen, the gunman who ...
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  • DC Lab Zika Testing Reported Dozens of False Negatives to Patients Who Had Virus

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-May-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel In previous blogs, we have discussed the high profile botching of hundreds of Zika tests performed by the District of Columbia public health lab, including roughly 300 tests of pregnant women. According to DC Health officials and federal regulators who audited the lab, a computational error and overdiluted solution used in the testing led to over 400 patients receiving negative ...
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