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Blog Posts in 2015

  • By: Matthew Tievsky Radon is an invisible, odorless, and radioactive gas that is emitted by the decay of uranium within the ground. (Uranium is used in nuclear power plants and weapons.) Exposure to radon can cause cancer, most notably lung cancer. Alarmingly, recently 26 public schools in Montgomery County have tested positive for radon levels that exceed the limit recommended by the ...
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  • By: Matthew Tievsky Car crashes cause injury, and injury can put you out of work for a period of time – even permanently, in a very serious accident. You may have to take time off due to pain, or miss hours due to doctor’s visits. As terrible as it is to say, you may become unable to work. Alternatively, you may have to find a different line of work if you become disabled, or you may ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel Non-economic damages are harms which, unlike medical bills, are unable to be readily quantified and valued. Common non-economic damages include disfigurement, pain and suffering, humiliation, and loss of companionship. Basically, these damages are things that are extremely valuable but on which you cannot put a price. The law provides individuals with a means to seek redress ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel A collision between an SUV and a tractor-trailer carrying mail for the U.S. Postal Service has left three people injured. The accident occurred this morning, November 30 th, at around 3:00 a.m. in the Silver Spring area near Cherry Hill Road and Calverton Boulevard. The driver of the tractor-trailer was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The occupants ...
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  • By: Matthew Tievsky Takata is a manufacturer of air bag inflators that does business with major automobile manufacturers, such as Toyota and Nissan. However, on November 3, 2015, a Department of Transportation agency, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), issued two orders directed against Takata. NHTSA discovered that Takata was using an improper chemical ...
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  • By: Matthew Tievsky On November 3, 2015, Jeremy David Mardis, a 6 year-old autistic boy, was killed in a hailstorm of bullets fired by two marshals working for the small town of Marksville, Louisiana. Jeremy was the youngest person killed by police officers so far this year. Jeremy was sitting in the front passenger seat of a car driven by his father, Christopher Few. After Mr. Few had a loud ...
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  • By: William Atkinson On November 8, 2015, a child and three adults died after a pickup truck slammed into a van carrying 16 passengers near the intersection of 21st Place and Chillum Road in Hyattsville, Maryland. Minutes earlier, the pickup truck driver struck a Cadillac, causing one of the truck’s tires to catch fire. The pickup truck fled the accident scene and shortly thereafter rammed ...
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  • By: Matthew Tievsky When we represent a client in an auto accident case, our firm makes a claim against the driver’s insurance company, and it is the insurer who will usually pay out money to settle the case. If the insurance company does not make a fair offer, we will file a lawsuit. But the lawsuit is against the driver, not the insurance company. Even so, the insurance company remains ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel For a long time, Google has been spearheading the effort to develop driverless cars (also known as autonomous cars) – cars which, ultimately, will take you from one place to another, without requiring any input from the person sitting in the driver's seat. Ideally, the "driver" will only have to take over the controls in the event of an emergency. Driverless ...
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  • By: Matthew Tievsky Many cases settle without the need to file a lawsuit. This means that the wrongdoer or their insurance company agrees to pay a reasonable amount to our client, without the need to involve the courts. The threat of filing a lawsuit is enough. However, in many cases, we must file a lawsuit to obtain justice for our client. The question that many clients ask is: Does the filing of ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel In our blog last week, we noted the Maryland Court of Special Appeals' unfortunate decision in Davis v. Stapf. In that case, the court held that the parents of a teen killed in a drunk driving accident, could not sue the parent who provided alcohol to an underage drinking party that led to the tragedy. The sad, more recent case of Maryland teen Alex Murk shows the injustice ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel Linda Stapf owned a home in Clarksville, Maryland, and had a teenaged son. On November 28, 2009, Ms. Stapf allowed her son to host a party in her garage. Her son invited several of his friends, including 17 year-old Steven Dankos, 22 year-old David Erdman, and other minors. Ms. Stapf not only allowed the partygoers to drink, but actually provided them with alcohol. And even ...
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  • We always recommend that you purchase insurance on your car, in case of auto accidents. First of all, it's mandatory under Maryland law. Second, it's an important protection for you in the event that you are in an auto accident – whether or not it's your fault. But let's say that you do not have insurance on your car when another driver negligently hits and injures you. Will ...
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  • Workers' Compensation vs. A Personal Injury Claim: Which Avenues Can I Pursue After an Auto Accident?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 17-Aug-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky Maryland, like the other states, has enacted a special set of laws to govern injuries that happen on the job. If you are working on the job and you are hurt because of the negligence of your employer or a co-worker, you cannot bring a regular lawsuit against the negligent party. Instead, you must file a workers' compensation claim. A workers' compensation claim is ...
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  • The Importance of "Permissive Use" in Auto Accident Lawsuits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-Aug-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky Generally, when we bring a claim on behalf of a client injured in an auto accident, we are dealing with the insurance company for the negligent driver who hit our client. But if the negligent driver was not covered by insurance for some reason, that makes it more difficult for us to collect money on behalf of our client. This is why it is important for us to verify that, if the ...
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  • How a Contingency Fee Works in an Accident Lawsuit

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 5-Aug-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., like many personal injury law firms, works on a contingency fee. What does that mean, and what are the advantages? A "contingency" is something that might happen in the future. In our case, our fee is based on a contingency - which is winning the case. We only charge a fee if we obtain money on your behalf (either by ...
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  • After an Auto Accident, Be Careful Before Deciding to Speak with an Insurance Company

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Jul-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky Most people take it as standard procedure to notify their insurance carrier after they are in a car accident. That's a smart move, but other than that basic step, be wary of how much you speak with insurance companies after an accident. We generally advise our clients not to speak with other people about the accident, and to let us do the talking. This is mainly so that ...
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  • Maryland Court of Special Appeals Issues Important Ruling on School Buses & Pedestrians

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 15-Jul-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky In April of 2015, Maryland's Court of Special Appeals – which generally handles the first appeal after a trial is over – handed down a complicated decision that stemmed from a family's terrible tragedy. Angela Davis was a 13 year-old and a Prince George's County public school student who took a County school bus to school every morning. Under Maryland ...
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  • Why Photographs of the Damaged Vehicle After an Accident Can be Misleading

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Jun-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky It is a favorite and common defense tactic to show a photograph of the plaintiff's vehicle, which shows supposedly little damage, and then claim: "Aha! The car was barely scratched, which means this was a low-speed impact, and that means that the plaintiff was barely hurt (or not hurt at all)." Indeed, there is a field of science called "biomechanics," ...
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  • Seat Belts and Maryland Auto Accidents

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 11-Jun-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky There's no doubt that wearing a seat belt can save your life, and we recommend in the strongest terms that you always buckle up. It's never worth risking your health just for the little extra effort it takes to secure yourself by using your seat belt. Not only that, but Maryland law requires you to buckle up, and you can be fined up to $50 for failing to do so. (This is ...
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  • Filing an Auto Accident Claim Shouldn't Change How You Live Your Life

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 4-Jun-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky If you've been hurt in a motor vehicle collision and you plan to make a personal injury claim, you may be tempted to wonder how is this going to change my life. How much medical treatment do I need? When should I go back to work? How will these decisions affect my case?" Our answer to this question is: "Live your life as if you weren't making a claim." ...
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  • The Importance of Getting a Police Report After an Auto Accident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 28-May-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky After someone else negligently hits you and causes an auto accident, if there is any reason to believe that you might be injured, we recommend that you call the police. If you are injured, the police are likely to make a report, and this report can be valuable later for establishing the wrongdoer's fault. Just because the police find the wrongdoer at fault will not directly ...
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  • Chinese Drywall Maker Pays Out On Judgment with Thousands of Claims Remaining

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 19-May-2015

    By: Allan M. Siegel After years of challenging the authority of U.S. Courts, Chinese drywall manufacturer Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., has paid out on a judgment of $3.2 million to the owners of seven homes in Hampton Roads, Virginia, that had been damaged by the company's toxic drywall. Just last year Taishan had skipped a hearing in New Orleans after the judgment was made final. In response, the ...
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  • Do Your Own Investigation After an Auto Accident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 8-May-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky The best time to gather evidence about how an auto accident happened, is immediately afterward. Even if the wrongdoer admits they were at fault at the scene, you would be surprised at how many people change their story later, when the time comes to take financial responsibility for the harm they've caused. And while it's always a good idea to call the police, the police ...
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  • How Much Money to Ask for in a Maryland Auto Accident Lawsuit

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 1-May-2015

    By: Matthew Tievsky When we file an auto accident lawsuit in Maryland, we are faced with the choice of how much money we ask the court to award. The basic rule in Maryland is that if you are seeking damages of $75,000 or less, you have to put down a specific number that you are seeking in your lawsuit. If you are seeking damages in excess of $75,000, then that is literally what you request – ...
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