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  • Two School Bus Crashes in Anne Arundel, Montgomery Counties Raise Questions About Fault & Liability

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 13-Nov-2018

    A school bus with at least 12 children on board overturned during a crash with an SUV in Anne Arundel County on Wednesday, November 7th. Two days earlier, a school bus carrying middle school students collided with a garbage truck in Montgomery County. Although there were injuries sustained in both crashes, thankfully no one was killed. When a crash involving a school bus, county bus, or private ...
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  • Maryland Police Officer Charged with Rape and Assault

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel All sexual assaults are unjustifiable crimes, and those committed by officials sworn to protect the public from harm are especially troubling. In one recent case, a Prince George’s County police officer allegedly raped a woman during a nighttime traffic stop. The officer in question is now facing criminal sexual assault charges, including charges of first- and ...
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  • Dallas Police Officer Fatally Shoots Innocent Man in His Own Apartment

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 25-Sep-2018

    By: Matthew Tievsky Another wrongful shooting by a police officer has set off an uproar around the country. On September 6, Dallas police officer Amber Guyger finished her shift and was still in her police gear when she returned to her apartment building. Officer Guyger lived on the third floor of the building, but she went to fourth floor, where she opened the door to someone else’s ...
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  • Loose Beach Umbrella Impales Woman on Maryland Beach

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Jul-2018

    By: Joseph Cammarata On Sunday July 22, a woman was struck by a loose umbrella and impaled in the chest while visiting a Maryland Beach. The incident is the second case within a week in the local area involving an umbrella that was swept off the beach into the air. According to officials from Ocean City, the 54-year-old woman was impaled in the chest when a gust of wind lifted an umbrella off the ...
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  • Family of Undercover Detective Shot by Police Officer Files Lawsuit Against Prince George's County

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 18-Jul-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel In June, the family of a fallen undercover police officer filed a lawsuit against Prince George’s County and the county police officer who fired the fatal shots and who acted recklessly, according to the family. The shooting occurred in 2016, and was begun when an armed man, Michael DeAndre Ford, fired shots at the doors of a police station in in Palmer Park, Maryland, ...
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  • Metro Required to Upgrade Trains to Correct Serious Safety Hazard for People with Disabilities

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 6-Jul-2018

    By: CSCS In January of 2016, safety and disabilities advocates identified the 'between car barriers' as a safety hazard for people with disabilities. In summary, it was too large of a gap, and people were at risk of falling in between the train cars. In July of 2016, a visually impaired man fell into the gap between the train cars. That October of 2016, WMATA said that the thought the ...
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  • New Maryland Auto Insurance Law to Allow Enhanced Underinsured Motorist Coverage As Of July 1st

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 28-Jun-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel As of July 1, 2018, a new auto insurance law will take effect in the state of Maryland. The law – Maryland Annotated Code Insurance § 19-509.1 – will allow for Enhanced Underinsured Motorist (EUIM) coverage to be added to existing auto insurance policies, depending on your insurance company, as of July 1, and to new auto insurance policies issued in Maryland as ...
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  • Maryland High Court Broadly Interprets State's Cap on Non-Economic Damages

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

    By: Matthew Tievsky In a personal injury lawsuit, you may recover “economic damages” as well as “noneconomic damages.” Economic damages include medical bills, lost wages, and other forms of lost money. Noneconomic damages are everything else – the intangible injuries and damages that you can suffer from an injury such as pain, inconvenience, humiliation, and ...
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  • Maryland Bill Proposes to Make Sexual Consent Classes Mandatory

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 10-Apr-2018

    By: CSCS The bill would require sex education classes in Maryland public schools to include lessons on sexual consent, a very welcome change to the current curriculum. It is an important step in efforts to institutionalize sexual assault prevention programs earlier on in life, and in the prevention of sexual assaults after students leave their classrooms. Under the measure, middle and high school ...
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  • Multiple Vehicles Involved in Crash on I-270 After Tractor-Trailer Spills Load, Leaves Scene

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 20-Mar-2018

    By: Allan M. Siegel Maryland State Police are looking for an unidentified tractor-trailer and its driver after it triggered an 18-vehicle pile-up Monday morning on Interstate 270 in Germantown. According to authorities, the truck made an unsafe lane change into the right lane of the four-lane highway and caused another vehicle to slam on its brakes, leading to a chain reaction. The wreck, which ...
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  • By: CSCS In December, 2017 Sander B. Cohen, 33, a deputy chief state fire marshal and a lieutenant with the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, and Carlos Wolff, 36, a supervisory special agent in the District office of the FBI, were struck and killed on I-270. They were struck by a vehicle as they stood on the southbound shoulder of I-270. They were waiting for help, as Wolff’s car had hit ...
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  • Metro Plans to Stop Allowing Negative Balances on SmarTrip

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 28-Dec-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel For years, Metro has allowed its subway riders to have negative balances on SmarTrip cards for one ride. For example, if you have deposited $2.50 on your SmarTrip card and you take a ride that costs $3.50, when you leave the fare gates will open for you, but a negative $1.00 balance will be left on your SmarTrip card, which you must pay the next time you try to enter the Metro ...
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  • Montgomery County is Latest Jurisdiction to Sue Opioid Manufacturers and Distributors for Opioid Crisis

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 27-Dec-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Earlier this month, Montgomery County announced its intention to sue manufacturers and distributors of opioids, which are a commonly prescribed type of painkiller. Oxycodone and morphine are examples of opioids. The County contends that these companies used false marketing and other unlawful sales techniques in a manner that led to over-prescriptions of the drug, and ...
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  • By: Matthew Tievsky In 2015, 36 year-old Oregon resident Elisha Cooke-Moore visited her OB-GYN for a regular examination, and underwent precautionary genetic testing, to see if she was at risk of developing any genetic diseases. In particular, Ms. Cooke-Moore was tested for mutations of the genes known as BRCA1 and BRCA2. The results were actually negative for any mutations. But a nurse ...
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  • After an Auto Accident, the First Rule is to Take Care of Your Health

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

    By: Matthew Tievsky Too many times in automobile collision cases, we receive calls from potential clients who waited until days or even weeks after the collision to seek medical treatment. Sometimes the reason is, "I thought I'd feel better after a few days." Other times the reason is, "I wanted to get the advice of a lawyer first." (Which is ironic, because our first ...
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  • Maryland Extends Statute of Limitations for Child Abuse Victims to Bring Lawsuits

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

    By: Matthew Tievsky On October 1, a new law in Maryland went into effect that extended the statute of limitations for child abuse victims to bring lawsuits against their abusers. A statute of limitations is a time limit for a victim to sue a wrongdoer; if the time limit expires, it becomes impossible for victims to sue. Previously in Maryland, a person who was abused while under the age of 18 had ...
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  • Toddler Dies in Drowning Accident at Charles County Home Day Care

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

    By: Joseph Cammarata A two year-old boy who wandered out of a day care provider’s home died Monday in what authorities suspect to be a drowning accident. According to the county sheriff’s office, the day care provider had been watching three children in her home located in the 3600 block of Yorktown Drive in Waldorf at the time of the incident. As the provider told authorities, she had ...
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  • Pastors Sue Coca-Cola and Soda Lobbying Organization for Misleading Consumers Over Health Claims

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel In July of this year, two D.C. pastors, along with a public health group (called the Praxis Project), filed a lawsuit against The Coca-Cola Company and the American Beverage Association, a trade group representing the interests of soda manufacturers. The lawsuit, which has been filed in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, claims that the beverage industry has ...
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  • Congress Considers Bill to Allow 100,000 Self-Driving Cars on the Roads in the U.S.

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering a federal bill that would permit up to 100,000 automated, self-driving cars to drive anywhere in the United States. Under the proposed law, the self-driving cars would not have to meet existing federal safety standards that usually apply to new vehicles, because those regulations are designed for human-driven cars. ...
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  • By: Joseph Cammarata The first lawsuit against Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) over sexual abuse by a former teacher has been filed on behalf of one of the victims. The case involves John Vigna, a former teacher at Cloverly Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland, who had been employed by the school for over 20 years. Vigna was recently found guilty of child sexual abuse and sentenced ...
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  • To Settle a Case Without Filing a Lawsuit, Hire an Attorney Who is Willing to File a Lawsuit

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

    By: Matthew Tievsky A relative of mine (call him “Evan”) who was wrongfully terminated by an unethical employer. Evan believed that he had some potential legal claims against his old employer, for its illegal behavior. Evan recently came to me, looking for help in picking a lawyer to obtain compensation from the employer, based on these legal claims. My relative was particularly ...
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  • Maryland Passes Law to Protect Rights of Cyclists in Crosswalks

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

    By: Matthew Tievsky Years ago, Maryland’s legislature (the General Assembly) passed a law permitting cyclists to ride within crosswalks, like pedestrians. However – possibly as an oversight – the General Assembly did not also pass a law stating that cyclists, like pedestrians, are entitled to the right-of-way while inside crosswalks. This omission had serious consequences in ...
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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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