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Blog Posts in 2016

  • High Winds Cause Damage & Fatalities in the DC Metro Area in November

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel During the weekend of November 19 and 20, winds reached speeds as high as 50 miles per hour in D.C. and the surrounding areas. The winds knocked down trees and fanned fires which in turn caused traffic jams. Even worse, the winds caused three-foot waves in the Potomac River, high enough to sink a fishing boat with four fishermen inside. One man was rescued, but two drowned in ...
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  • Tour Bus Crash in California Kills 13, Injures Over 30

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 24-Oct-2016

    By Allan M. Siegel. In one of the deadliest wrecks in California history, 13 people were killed and at least 31 were injured when a tour bus crashed into a commercial truck early Sunday morning in Palm Springs. According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash occurred shortly after 5:00 am Sunday when the tour bus, en route to Los Angeles from a casino trip, collided into the back of a ...
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  • Whistleblower Lawsuit Against Nursing Home Alleges Fraud, Substandard Care

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Oct-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel The federal government recently filed charges against a nursing home operator, alleging it pocketed millions of dollars in profits while providing grossly substandard care to its elderly patients. The whistleblower lawsuit also claims that the nursing home facilities forged physician and nurse signatures in order to admit patients and charge the Medicare and Medicaid programs. ...
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  • Virginia Appeals Court Upholds Medicaid Fraud Conviction

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 27-Sep-2016

    By: Allan M. Siegel A federal appeals court in Virginia recently upheld the Medicaid fraud conviction against the married operators of an in-home medical care company. According to prosecutors, Wayne Perry, Jr.’s Community Personal Care billed Medicaid for health care services that were never provided to low income individuals. Virginia’s Medicaid program authorizes private companies ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel In late 2015, safety and maintenance on Metro railways were in such shambles that drastic action was necessary. The Federal Transit Authority, an agency within the Federal Government's Department of Transportation, intervened and took control over parts of Metro, which previously was only a local governmental entity. Specifically, the FTA assumed control over safety ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel Pedestrian deaths from motor vehicle collisions spiked in 2015, rising ten percent from the previous year. After years of falling pedestrian death rates, the increase was surprising and invites an explanation. One common theory is that pedestrians today are too focused on their smart phones, rather than traffic signals and approaching automobiles. Anyone who walks or drives ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel In a tragic incident Tuesday morning, a 92-year-old man driving a car struck two pedestrians in the Old Town neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. According to authorities, the incident took place around 10 a.m. Tuesday, when the 92-year-old man was attempting to back his vehicle into a parking space behind a bank near 100 South Fairfax St. While attempting to back into the ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel Metro has made two changes to how riders pay to use the rail lines. Both changes have taken effect as of July 1, 2016. First, Metro has abolished the use of the paper fare cards that were once the hallmark of riding the trains. Now, all riders must purchase SmarTrip cards, which are plastic and durable, and which have been available for purchase for years. Second, Metro's ...
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  • Woman Impaled by Flying Beach Umbrella

    Posted By || 17-Jun-2016

    By: Ashley Page Last week a tragic accident on the picturesque shores of Virginia Beach shocked everyone who was gearing up to celebrate the start of summer. Lottie Michelle Belk, who was enjoying her 55 th birthday with a beach vacation, was impaled by a beach umbrella. The full details are not yet clear, but it appears that a beach umbrella, which was improperly anchored in the sand, was picked ...
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