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  • Three Deaths Reported in Suitland Parkway Crash in Prince George's County

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 16-May-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel A two-vehicle crash and fire on Suitland Parkway in Prince George’s County early Monday morning claimed the lives of three victims and injured another. According to officials, a collision involving two vehicles occurred around 4:00 am near the intersection of Suitland Road. Following the collision, one of the vehicles involved caught fire. All three victims who died in ...
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  • Charter Bus Carrying Dozens of Children Overturns on I-95 North of Baltimore

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 15-May-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Over two dozen victims, many of whom are children, were injured in a bus crash Monday morning on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore. According to officials, the accident occurred around 9:30 am near Havre de Grace in Harford County when the bus overturned on the southbound lane of I-95. Emergency responders reported that 30 people suffered injuries, including one child and one ...
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  • Maryland Governor Completes Multi-State Pact to Establish New Metro Safety Commission

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel On March 31, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed a bill that creates a new safety agency to oversee the rail system of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, also known as WMATA or Metro. Before Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia had already enacted similar laws. Because Metro is established by an interstate compact between these three jurisdictions, ...
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  • By: Matthew Tievsky Since the election, the U.S. House of Representatives has considered several bills which, if passed into law, would significantly limit the right of personal injury plaintiffs to seek justice in courts across the nation. Many of these bills are promoted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups with a financial interest in preventing or limiting personal injury ...
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  • Mid-March Winter Snow Storm Expected Tonight, as well as Treacherous Road Conditions

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 13-Mar-2017

    Monday, March 13, 2017- There is a winter storm warning covering DC and several counties in Maryland and Virginia. Heavy snow is expected in the northwest, and a dangerous mix of snow, rain, and sleet is expected in the District and its surrounding suburbs. Predictions on the level of snow fall varies from 4 to 8 inches. The winter storm warning is in effect for areas west of DC and DC itself from ...
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  • Nothing Fair About "Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017"

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 7-Mar-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel On February 9, 2017, Representative Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, introduced the so-called “Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017.” This bill most certainly does not make class actions more fair or equitable for the average American. In fact, as the American Association for Justice CEO Linda Lipsen recently stated, ...
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  • Metro Whistleblower Warns that Metro is Cutting Program to Ensure Safe Drivers

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 7-Feb-2017

    By: Matthew Tievsky With Metro's budgetary and other recent woes, it is no surprise that some of the agency's programs are getting the ax. However, it is particularly disturbing when Metro starts cutting out safety measures -- particularly because the “first” job of Metro should be to keep its riders safe. Former Metro Transit Police Officer James D. Holmes, a self-described ...
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  • 14-Year-Old Boy on Bike Killed by Car Crash, Driver Possibly was Drunk

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel On January 28, 2017, 2 teenagers were hit by a car in Randallstown, Maryland. The 14-year-old on the bike was killed. The other teenager on the bike was seriously injured. Police have since identified and arrested someone who they believe hit the teenagers while driving drunk. The community has been hit hard by very the loss of such a young life. Unfortunately, these things ...
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  • Justice Department Accepts Plea Deal From Takata For Defrauding Consumers on Faulty Airbags

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 26-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Earlier this month, the United States Justice Department reached a deal with the Takata Corporation of Japan, which has agreed to plead guilty to wire fraud and pay $1 billion for its criminal activities. (At the same time that this deal was reached, the Justice Department separately obtained the indictments of three executives of Takata Corporation for the same criminal ...
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  • Use Your Health Insurance Even When You Have a Personal Injury Claim

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 16-Jan-2017

    By: Matthew Tievsky When a new client retains our firm after being injured by another person's negligence, we regularly advise the client to use health insurance to pay the medical bills, if the client has health insurance. The most obvious reason, of course, is that health insurance can be used to immediately pay some or all of the medical bills. Also, there is little down side: Using health ...
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  • Metro Fires Six Workers Accused of Falsifying Track Inspection Records

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 9-Jan-2017

    By: Matthew Tievsky In July of last year, two train cars on the Orange Line went off the rails near the East Falls Church Metro station. At least one person was injured. In the aftermath of the derailment, Metro discovered that six workers who were charged with inspecting that section of track had falsified records to make it appear that they had conducted the necessary inspections, when in fact ...
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  • Tanker Truck Ignites Fatal 55-Vehicle Pileup on Icy I-95 in Baltimore

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 21-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel A fiery crash early Saturday morning in Baltimore resulted in a fatal 55-vehicle pileup, two deaths, and dozens of injured victims. According to officials from the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the crash occurred shortly after 5:00 a.m. when a tanker truck transporting fuel skidded off the icy roadway of Interstate 95. A fire erupted, and 55 vehicles were ultimately ...
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  • Chain Reaction Crash in Prince George's County Kills Boy, Critically Injures Woman

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel A chain reaction crash in Prince George’s County on Interstate 95 killed a 13-year old boy and critically injured a Baltimore woman. According to Maryland state police, the crash occurred December 13th near the Intercounty Connector and involved four vehicles. Investigators report that the crash was initiated when a disabled vehicle came to a stop in traffic on I-95 ...
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  • Chairman of Prince George's County Liquor Board Drives Drunk & Injures at least 2 People

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 15-Dec-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The head of Prince George’s County Liquor Board has been charged with Driving Under the Influence after a collision outside of MGM National Harbor Casino. Several witnesses saw the chairman, Charles W. Caldwell, III, strike two vehicles while he was attempting to leave the casino. There is a video of the incident that shows Mr. Caldwell having trouble walking after police ...
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  • DC Food Truck Fire Injures Three Workers

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 14-Dec-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky On November 16, 2016, a fire in a food truck parked in the area of George Washington University, injured the three employees who were working the truck. All three were rushed to the hospital and are expected to survive, although one employee suffered critical burns. The truck, named Falafel Bus, was selling Mediterranean fare while parked on H Street NW between 21st and 22nd ...
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  • Fatal Accident on Capital Crescent Trail Claims Life of 81-Year-Old Cyclist

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel An 81-year-old man was killed Monday morning after he was struck by a vehicle on the Capital Crescent Trail. According to authorities, the man was riding a three-wheeled recumbent bicycle and crossing Little Falls Parkway in Bethesda, Maryland when we was struck. Montgomery County police have reported that the vehicle which hit the victim was being driven by a 78-year-old ...
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  • Judge Rules Police Brutality Case That Led to Death of Man With Down Syndrome Can Proceed to Trial

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 6-Oct-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky In January of 2013, 26 year-old Robert Ethan Saylor was attending a showing of “Zero Dark Thirty” at a mall near Frederick, Maryland. Saylor suffered from Down syndrome which caused him mental disabilities; as a result, when Saylor went to the movie, he was accompanied by an aide. When the movie ended, Saylor stayed in the theater because he wanted to watch the ...
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  • Elder Care Provider Ordered to Pay $6.15 Million for D.C. Medicaid Fraud

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel A federal D.C. judge recently ordered a Maryland-based home health care provider to pay more than $6.15 million for defrauding D.C. Medicaid. The healthcare fraud case was filed pursuant to the False Claims Act, which allows whistleblowers to report Medicare and Medicaid fraud and to receive a portion of the government’s recovery as a reward. Speqtrum, Inc. is a home ...
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  • In Maryland, Can I Recover My Lost Wages After a Car Accident?

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

    By: William Atkinson Maryland law permits injured victims to recover wages that were lost because of a car accident caused by another’s carelessness. Injured victims may recover for lost earnings, lost earning capacity, and for future reduced earnings. See Md. Cts. & Jud. Proc. II Sec. 11-109(b). The 1955 case Adams v. Benson held: The determination of the extent of impairment of earning ...
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  • In Maryland, What Harms Are Personal Injury Victims Compensated For?

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel In Maryland personal injury trials, juries have to consider various elements when determining the amount of compensation for an injured victim. See Maryland Civil Pattern Jury Instructions 10:2. These damages include claims for inconvenience and loss of consortium (essentially loss of companionship for couples). Factors considered include: The injuries sustained and their ...
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  • Officials Cite Gas Leak as Cause of Silver Spring Apartment Explosion, Fire

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Federal and local officials held a press conference Friday morning to provide an update into their investigation of an August 10 th explosion and fire at a Silver Spring apartment complex that killed 7 people and injured numerous others. According to multiple sources investigating the disaster, the fatal explosion was caused by a natural gas leak in the apartment ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel An explosion and fire at a Silver Spring, Maryland apartment building on August 10 has left at least two people dead and 34 injured. Montgomery County officials have not determined the cause of the blast, which forced some apartment residents to flee the apartment complex and others to toss children from balconies to escape harm. The fire and explosion has displaced about 100 ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel Maryland’s highest court has held adults who hold underage drinking parties can now be held civilly liable for the injuries of intoxicated guests. This would cover injuries such as a drunk driving crash after a guest leaves an underage drinking party. Before the Court of Appeals recent decision, adult hosts could protect themselves from liability by claiming injured ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel In less than one year, two bicyclists have been fatally struck by automobiles at the intersection of Veirs Mills Road and Turkey Branch Parkway in Rockville, Maryland. On Sunday July 17, a 31-year-old bicyclist attempted to cross Veirs Mill northbound when he was hit by a Honda vehicle proceeding east. According to police, Oscar Mauricio Gutierrez Osorio of Silver Spring was in ...
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  • Deciding Where to File a Lawsuit

    Posted By || 15-Jul-2016

    By: Matthew Tievsky When we make a personal injury claim for a client, but the insurance company refuses to make a fair offer, the next step is to file a lawsuit. Then the question becomes – where should we file the lawsuit? In a personal injury claim, there are generally two options. One option is to file the lawsuit in the state (or the District of Columbia) where the injury occurred. The ...
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