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Blog Posts in 2016

  • 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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  • By: Matthew Tievsky It is too early to know exactly what happened in the shootings of Philando Castille in Minnesota, and Alton Sterling in Louisiana, in the days following July 4th. However, their deaths call attention to the role that civil lawsuits play in ensuring justice after police actions. Police can be criminally prosecuted after misconduct, but as events over the last few years have ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel Tesla Motors is one of several car companies that is currently testing self-driving cars – although the technology still has not been perfected. Sadly, on May 7, 2016, the first self-driving car fatality occurred during the testing of an autonomous Tesla vehicle, in Williston, Florida. The victim was the operator of the vehicle itself, Joshua Brown. Tesla promptly ...
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  • According to District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services (FEMS), on this past July 4 th, at least five people in D.C. were injured seriously enough to need medical attention: In the 3900 block of Ames Street NE, a 15 year-old boy suffered severe burns and may suffer a left thumb amputation, due to a cherry bomb that exploded in this hand. At the intersection of Alabama Avenue and G ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel A collision involving three vehicles injured 5 victims and a Maryland State Police trooper early Saturday morning in Montgomery County, Maryland. The crash occurred shortly before 7:00 am when an SUV traveling along the highway south of Gaithersburg veered into the shoulder and into the back of a the trooper’s cruiser, which then collided with the vehicle in front. At the ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel A crash involving a Metrobus, pick-up truck, and a tree in Silver Spring, Maryland Monday evening injured over a dozen people, local authorities report. The collision took place shortly after 4:00 pm Monday when the J2 bus collided with another vehicle and then crashed into a nearby tree on East-West Highway near Grubb Road. Metro representatives reported the bus was en route ...
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  • By: Matthew Tievsky When a plaintiff sues a defendant for causing an auto accident, the plaintiff bears the burden of proof at trial. This means that the plaintiff is the person who has to provide evidence first at trial, and the plaintiff must convince the jury that the defendant was at fault and caused injuries to the plaintiff. In a criminal case, the government needs to prove the ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles has reversed course, and decided – for now, at least – not to put into effect a new regulation that was set to take effect on May 1, 2016. This regulation would have required that anyone seeking their first driver’s license attend a private driver’s education course for 30 hours. The DMV had enacted the driver ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel Water testing at three schools in Northeast and Southeast D.C. have revealed elevated lead levels in the school water. High lead levels in drinking water can cause long-term lead poisoning (particularly in children), which causes brain damage resulting in developmental problems such as impulsive behavior, poor language skills, and trouble learning new information. As a result ...
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  • By: Matthew Tievsky At the beginning of March, the family of a Moneta, Virginia man who was killed by a drunk driver, settled their claim with the drunk driver for a mere $25,000 (before legal fees). Was this the result of bad lawyering? Or the family’s eagerness to settle as quickly as possible? Not at all. Court documents reveal that the drunk driver only carried a $25,000 liability ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel In 2012, Wayne Marable’s tractor-trailer shifted into forward gear and, despite allegedly having its emergency brake on, dragged his wife under its wheels, causing catastrophic physical injuries and a severe brain injury. On April 12, a New Orleans jury awarded Wayne’s wife Connie a $51.5 million judgment against Daimler Trucks North America, which manufactured the ...
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  • By Allan M. Siegel A 10-year-old boy was killed last week after being struck in a designated crosswalk while riding his bike on Sunday, April 10. The boy was flown from the accident scene in Waldorf, Maryland, to Children’s National Medical Center, in Washington, DC. According to the Charles County Sheriff’s office, the boy did nothing wrong and did nothing to contribute to the ...
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