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Blog Posts in 2013

  • What Can I Recover For My Lost Wages in a Maryland Auto Accident Case?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 26-Dec-2013

    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 not ...
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  • Study Adds to Debate on DUI Checkpoints in Maryland

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 20-Dec-2013

    By: Allan Siegel Driving under the influence (DUI) is an extremely negligent and dangerous act. It is also illegal in the state of Maryland. Each year, thousands of preventable accidents, injuries, and fatalities are caused by impaired drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one person dies in an alcohol-impaired driving crash every 51 minutes. Because ...
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  • Does the Police Report Determine the Outcome of My Maryland Auto Accident Lawsuit?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 16-Dec-2013

    By: Matthew Tievsky In Maryland, the police don't write up a report for every auto accident. But when they do (usually when they suspect an injury), the police generally assign blame to one driver or another. Does the police report determine who wins an auto accident lawsuit in Maryland? The answer is – no. In fact, the police report generally can't even be admitted into evidence at ...
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  • Can My Insurer Raise My Rates When I Make a Claim For Personal Injury Protection?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 9-Dec-2013

    By: Matthew Tievsky Personal Injury Protection ("PIP") is a form of insurance that automatically pays you a set amount of money for medical bills and lost wages when you are hurt in an automobile accident. You receive PIP regardless of whether you were at fault for the accident, so it is available immediately. Additionally, if someone else hurts you and you bring a lawsuit against the ...
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  • Record Payout for Johnson & Johnson Whistleblowers

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 26-Nov-2013

    By: Allan M. Siegel Earlier this month, Johnson & Johnson reached a $2.2 billion settlement for charges alleging that the company mis-marketed drugs for unapproved uses and gave kickbacks to doctors and nursing homes. Attorney General Eric Holder stated that Johnson & Johnson, as well as two subsidiary companies, profited at the expense of patients, the insurance industry, and American ...
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  • Share the Road: In Maryland, Bicycles are Vehicles

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 7-Nov-2013

    By: Allan M. Siegel In the state of Maryland, bicycles are considered by law to be vehicles. This means that bicyclists have many of the same rights and responsibilities as motorists, including: The right to use roadways Rights-of-way at intersections Duties to obey traffic signals Even when bicycle riders ride safely and within the law, they are still extremely vulnerable to accidents and ...
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  • What is Personal Injury Protection, and How Does it Affect My Auto Accident Lawsuit in Maryland?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 31-Oct-2013

    By: Matthew Tievsky In Maryland, automobile insurers offer a form of insurance called "personal injury protection," or PIP. You have the option of purchasing PIP when you obtain your automobile insurance policy, and you have the option of how much you want to purchase. Put simply, after an auto accident, PIP automatically pays you money to satisfy your medical bills and lost wages, up to ...
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  • In a Maryland Auto Accident, Is It Negligent to Break the Law?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 29-Oct-2013

    By: Matthew Tievsky Any lawsuit in Maryland regarding an auto accident comes down to the question of "negligence": Did the Defendant fail to act as a reasonable person would? This can mean changing lanes without looking, failing to stop at a stop sign, rear-ending a slowing car, or running a red light, for example. What constitutes "negligence" for drivers is generally a matter ...
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  • In Maryland, What Effect Does a Traffic Ticket Have on Your Auto Accident Personal Injury Case?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 25-Oct-2013

    By: Matthew Tievsky In some of the auto accident cases that we handle in Maryland, the defendant whom we are suing received a ticket from a police officer, as a result of the collision. What effect does this have on your personal injury case? Usually it has no direct effect. Traffic tickets are issued under the criminal law of Maryland, but a personal injury lawsuit is handled under the civil law ...
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  • What is a Concussion?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 22-Oct-2013

    By: Matthew Tievsky The word "concussion" has become particularly well-known in recent years (especially in the context of NFL football). What exactly is a concussion? A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury – the brain is quite literally bumped and, as a result, the victim suffers some change in mental functioning. A concussion often is caused by striking your head but ...
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  • How Long Do I Have to File an Auto Accident Claim in Maryland?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 17-Oct-2013

    By: Allan M. Siegel There are time limits on practically any lawsuit that you file in the United States, and in Maryland in particular. Such a time limit is called a "statute of limitations." In Maryland, the general rule is that you have three years from the date you are harmed to file a lawsuit, and this is also true of auto accidents. In other words, if you are hurt in an auto ...
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  • If You Don't Share the Road, It Could Prove Disastrous to Your Liberty and Financial Well-Being

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 7-Oct-2013

    Authored by Joe Cammarata Often we hear the phrase, "Share the road," but it sometimes falls on deaf ears. If you do not heed this warning, and you cause injury to a pedestrian or a cyclist it can cost you your freedom and bankrupt you. On August 21, 2013, Trish Cunningham, a local youth and high school coach, died when she was struck by a car as she was riding her bike along the roadway ...
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  • In a Maryland Auto Accident Case, When May a Defendant Dispute Fault at Trial?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 3-Oct-2013

    Authored by Matthew Tievsky There are generally two issues that come into play in an auto accident case (as in personal injury cases in general): (1) Fault (also known as "liability") and (2) Damages. In many cases, defendants will admit they were at fault and only dispute the damages, i.e. , how badly you were hurt. In other cases, the defendant will try to dispute their fault, all the ...
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  • Truck Driver Faces 20 Years in Prison After Fatal Maryland Truck Accident

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 30-Sep-2013

    Authored by Allan Siegel Christopher and Diana Schmidt were moving from Gaithersburg, Maryland to California in September of last year. Diana Schmidt packed their two young sons in her family sedan and Christopher Schmidt followed in his Mustang. In the early morning hours of September 9, 2012, they were stuck in the traffic of a fatal accident on I-80 in Nebraska. Christopher Schmidt's ...
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  • Who Is At Fault In A Maryland Rear-End Collision?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 27-Sep-2013

    Authored by Matthew Tievsky Under Maryland law, there are certain rules that help determine who is at fault in a rear-end collision – whether it involves two cars or twenty. The clearest is this: As a general rule, if one car is lawfully stopped (at a red light, at a stop sign, or due to traffic, etc.) and the rear car hits the stopped car, the rear car is at fault. What if both cars are ...
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  • Navy Yard Shooter Displayed Serious Red Flags: Why Weren't These Noticed?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 25-Sep-2013

    Authored by: Allan M. Siegel, Esq. Last week's Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C. will not soon be forgotten, especially given the overwhelming evidence that has since surfaced regarding the shooter's erratic behavior and numerous warning signs leading up to the shooting. For nine years prior to his attack, Aaron Alexis displayed erratic behavior which should have been "red ...
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  • The Importance of Witnesses in a Maryland Auto Accident Case

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 19-Sep-2013

    Authored by Joseph Cammarata In a civil case, and in an auto accident case in particular, it is the plaintiff (the person bringing the claim) who has the burden of proof. More specifically, the plaintiff must show by a "preponderance of the evidence" that the defendant is at fault - in other words, the plaintiff must show that it is probably true that the defendant negligently caused the ...
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  • After a Maryland Auto Accident, Take Care Before Speaking with an Insurance Company

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 9-Sep-2013

    Authored by Matthew Tievsky Most people take it as standard procedure to notify their insurance carrier after they're in a car accident, but beyond that, it's important to be wary of how much you speak with insurance companies. We generally advise our clients not to speak with other people about the accident, and to let us do the talking - that's so that other people don't try to ...
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  • Preventable Auto Accidents in Maryland

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 5-Sep-2013

    Authored by Ira Sherman According to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, traffic crashes – including car accidents – are the leading cause of death of people between the ages of 4 to 34. Each year in Maryland, auto accidents kill more people than homicides, with roughly 580 traffic fatalities per year. These statistics alone are incredibly troubling. When one also considers the ...
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  • Are Bars Responsible When Drunk Drivers Cause Accidents?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 3-Sep-2013

    Authored by CSCS Maryland recently reviewed this exact issue, whether or not a bar or restaurant is liable when serving alcohol to patrons for damages those patrons cause while intoxicated. Most states across the United States have adopted dram shop statutes, which impose liability on restaurant and bar owners. However, in Warr v. JMGM Group, LLC, the Maryland Court of Appeals stated that in ...
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  • Am I Eligible to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Maryland?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 29-Aug-2013

    Authored by Ira Sherman Losing a loved one is one of the most difficult experiences life has to offer. Losing a loved one as the result of another's negligence, misconduct, or wrongful act can be simply devastating. Fortunately for families in Maryland who have a relative that died because of another's actions, there are legal options available. For example, the decedent's estate ...
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  • Bicycle Safety Tips for Maryland Riders

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 20-Aug-2013

    Authored by Ira Sherman There are many bike paths and trails throughout Maryland. Each day, local residents and tourist can be found riding their bicycles as a form of recreation, exercise, and commuting. Although bike traffic is a common site in this state, riders still face a number of dangers, especially from inattentive and negligent drivers. Whatever the case may be, Maryland law states that ...
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  • In Which Court Will My Auto Accident Case Be Heard?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 19-Aug-2013

    Authored by Matthew Tievsky When a car accident happens and a lawsuit follows, where the lawsuit will be heard has to be determined. Maryland alone has 20 counties (including Baltimore City, which is treated like a county), each with its own state court system. Of course there are also other states, including the nearby jurisdictions of Virginia and the District of Columbia. And then there are the ...
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  • Staying Safe on Summer Roadways

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 15-Aug-2013

    By Allan Siegel With the dog days of summer in full effect and with school soon to start, many residents throughout Maryland are hitting the roads to enjoy the end of summer. Whether these road trips are destined for the beach, family get-togethers, or are just the everyday travels of workers, motorists should be aware that vacations should begin only after one gets out of the vehicle. In fact, ...
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  • What is the Significance of a Police Report in Maryland Auto Accident Cases?

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata, Siegel, P.C. || 12-Aug-2013

    Authored by Matthew Tievsky In many cases when we first meet with a client who has been in an auto accident in Maryland, they bring the police report with them. The police report often blames one driver or the other for causing the accident. If the police report blames the other party, does that mean that our case is a lock? If the police report blames our client, does that mean we have no case? ...
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