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Personal Injury Blog

  • DC Cyclists & Pedestrians Protest Recent Deaths

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Aug-2018

    By: Megan Gibson Malik Habib was with his brother the night he was killed on June 23rd. “[W]e were just riding our bikes, doing a food delivery service on our bicycles,” recalls Cyrus. Malik's tire got caught in a streetcar track on H Street, NE, and he was hit and killed by a bus. Cyrus was just 10 feet from him when it happened. Laura Montiel, Cyrus and Malik's mother, spoke ...
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  • Former Alabama Football Player Discuss Brain Injury & Pending Lawsuit Against NCAA

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 12-Jul-2018

    By: Megan Gibson In a recent interview with the Washington Post, Les Williams, a former defense end at Alabama in the 2000s, discussed his ongoing brain injury symptoms and how it is affecting his life. When he was at Alabama, like many young athletes at that time, he had never even heard the word “concussion,” that is until after he was done playing football. He most certainly ...
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  • By: Megan Gibson It’s simply important data for everyone in this country, and the Trump Administration is proposing of getting rid of it, despite no alleged lobbying from Hospital groups. Currently, hospitals must disclose publically the “super bug” MRSA, post-operative sepsis and surgical site infections, as well as a range of injuries and accidents from bedsores to ...
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  • Amusement Park Safety - Roller Coaster Derails in Daytona Beach

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 29-Jun-2018

    By: Megan Gibson While amusement park accidents are relatively rare, they do happen. At times, such accidents can happen because of the negligence of the park or of the inspector(s) of the ride. It remains to be seen what caused the derailment of a roller coaster in Daytona Beach. The front car of the roller coaster was completely off the tracks and dangling when firefighters arrived on the scene. ...
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  • Students Sue GW Alleging University Ignored their Complaints of Sexual Assault

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 31-May-2018

    By: Megan Gibson Five (5) Students, Jane Does, are suing George Washington University alleging their complaints of sexual assault and harassment were ignored by the institution. The suit was filed in D.C. Superior Court this month. The attorney for the anonymous women said in an e-mail to the Washington Post : "At GW, it seems as if the rights of the assailant trumped the rights of the women ...
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  • Recently Released Metro Audit Highlights 2016 Oversight on Structural Conditions

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 23-May-2018

    By: Megan Gibson A recent audit by the Office of the Inspector General addressed some incidents at Rhode Island Ave. Brentwood Station on the Red line in summer of 2016. On 8/31/16, a steel beam fell more than 16 feet to the ground, and the next day, pieces of concrete fell from the same area. Thankfully, no one was injured. The report found that Metro inspectors failed to identify poor structural ...
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  • District of Columbia Seeks to Fire Police Officer Who Shot and Killed Motorcyclist

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 9-May-2018

    By: Matthew Tievsky In the early morning of September 11, 2016, Terrence Sterling, a black man, was driving a motorcycle and ran a red light. Two police officers, Brian Trainer and Jordan Palmer, witnessed this, and set off on a high-speed chase in their police cruiser to arrest Sterling. The chase ultimately ended when the officers stopped their car ahead of Sterling, Officer Trainer got out, and ...
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  • In December, the Virginia Supreme Court issued a decision that may change the standard used in proving that defendants intentionally destroyed evidence in personal injury auto accident cases. That’s because the court ruled against granting a “spoliation adverse inference instruction” for proving that a defendant merely negligently destroyed or lost evidence, and instead required ...
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  • District Reaches $3.5 Million Settlement with Family of Terrence Sterling

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel Terrence Sterling was shot dead by a police officer on September 11, 2016. At the time, Officer Trainer and his partner pulled into the intersection of Third and M streets, NW to attempt a traffic stop of Sterling on his motorcycle. When Trainer was getting out of the police car, he shot at Sterling when Sterling’s motorcycle struck the police vehicle’s door. ...
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  • Emily Kelly, Wife of Former NFL Player, Speaks Out on how Football Destroyed her Husband's Mind

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 7-Feb-2018

    By: Megan Gibson On February 2, 2018, Emily Kelly, wife of retired N.F.L. player Rob Kelly, published an Op-Ed in the New York Times on how football destroyed her husband’s mind. Rob was a safety for five seasons, four with the New Orleans Saints, and one with the New England Patriots. He retired in 2002 at age 28, due to a nerve injury he sustained at training camp. Ms. Kelly opens up in ...
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  • Washington State Amtrak Derailment Causes Several Fatalities, Many Injured

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 19-Dec-2017

    By: Megan Gibson Today, an Amtrak train derailed in Washington State while traveling over a bridge that went over a highway on brand new tracks. One of the train cars flipped 180 degrees off of a bridge and landed on the highway. Several other cars hung off the side of the bridge going over the highway. It is not clear as of yet what caused this horrific event to unfold, and investigations are ...
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  • Defamation Suit Against Trump for Calling Accuser a Liar May Move Forward

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

    By Megan Gibson Summer Zervos is one of many women who have accused Donald Trump of sexual assault. She was a contestant on his reality television show, and has alleged that Trump kissed and groped her. While he was on the campaign trail, he declared that all of the allegations against him of sexual misconduct were “[ f]alse stories. All made up. Lies. Lies. No witnesses. No nothing. All big ...
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  • Woman Sexually Assaulted by Driver she thought was from Uber in D.C.

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

    By: Megan Gibson Late Sunday night, November 19, a woman and her male friend got into a vehicle that they thought was part of Uber as a “vehicle for hire.” They got into the vehicle at DuPont Circle and asked to be taken to American University. Police stated that the two had flagged down the driver on the street. The driver then instructed the woman to sit in the front seat, and when ...
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  • Senate Strips Class-Action & Consumer Rights, Scoring a Win for Big Banks

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 9-Nov-2017

    By: Megan Gibson In the wee hours of Tuesday evening, October 24, 2017, the Senate voted to kill a regulation giving U.S. consumers flexibility to sue their banks and other financial institutions. The rule was published by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) this past July to bar companies from utilizing forced arbitration clauses against consumers. Forced arbitration has been found to ...
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  • Wrongdoer Arrested Thanks to Eyewitnesses and Local Police in VA Hit and Run

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

    By: Megan Gibson Hit-and-run collisions happen far too often, wherein not only is a victim hurt due to someone else’s negligence, but the wrongdoer attempts to forgo any type of responsibility by fleeing the scene. Such a scenario occurred recently in Virginia, on September 23, 2017, when a state Transportation Employee was seriously injured while helping a disabled motorist on I-95. ...
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  • Tort Law Revisions Leaves Sexual Assault Victims Behind

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

    By: Megan Gibson The revision of our country’s tort laws has long been a goal of U.S. corporations, doctors, and some conservative groups. Such tort revision, often unfairly couched as tort ‘reform,’ seeks to adversely affect people’s ability to access the civil justice system, and to reduce the amount of damages a person or family can recover after they’ve been ...
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  • Legislation on Self-Driving Cars Passes the House

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 19-Sep-2017

    By: Megan Gibson On September 6, 2017, the U.S. House approved a bill in furtherance of the development of self-driving cars. The bill would allow companies that are developing self-driving technology to apply for safety and design exemptions at both the state and federal level, which would enable them to get cars on the road for testing. If the bill is eventually approved and passed by the ...
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  • Lawsuit Alleges Gross Failure by Howard University to Help Rape Survivors

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

    Five ‘Jane Does’, all former and current students of Howard University (“HU”), filed a federal law suit against HU alleging deliberate indifference towards their reported sexual assaults. It’s HU’s own policy to investigate reports of sexual assault within sixty days. None of the Jane Doe’s cases were investigated within 60 days, and all of the ...
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  • Supreme Court Makes it More Difficult to Bring Product Liability Class-Action Lawsuits

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 21-Aug-2017

    By: Megan Gibson On Monday, June 18, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled 8-1 that California courts could not preside over class action suits brought by out-of-state plaintiffs, reasoning that there is an insufficient connection between the forum state and the claims. The plaintiffs in the case brought suit against Bristol-Myers Squibb (“BMS”) in California state court, alleging that they ...
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  • Norovirus Outbreak at Sterling, VA Sickens Over a Dozen Customers

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 19-Jul-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel A Chipotle restaurant in Sterling, Virginia voluntarily shut its doors earlier this week after several customers became ill and at least one customer ended up in the emergency room. According to officials, more than a dozen people became sick after eating at the Sterling Chipotle, located at 21031 Tripleseven Rd. Victims had reported eating salad and other fresh ingredients. ...
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  • By: Allan M. Siegel As the Washington Post recently reported, police are investigating reports that a DC police cruiser hit an 11 year-old boy and then left him on the street. The alleged incident took place in the District’s Park View neighborhood, NW on June 29, 2017. At least one witness saw the police officers standing over the boy on the ground before they got into their vehicle and ...
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  • International Personal Injury Lawsuit Against Major U.S. Defense Contractor Moves Forward

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 2-May-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel During the 2000s, the United States Federal Government engaged in "Plan Colombia," which involved hiring defense contractors to use airplanes to spray toxic chemicals on fields in the South American country of Colombia. The aim was to kill coca plants (which are used to produce the drug cocaine) and poppy plants (used to produce opiates such as heroin). However, these ...
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  • GOP Bill Would Negatively Impact Everyday Consumers in our Healthcare System

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 19-Apr-2017

    By: Megan Gibson The House Republicans’ drafted bill would make it far more difficult to win medical negligence cases, especially for the poor and elderly. As highlighted in a recent New York Times article, the bill would create new limits on patients who were covered by Medicare, Medicaid, or subsidized private health insurance at the time of injury. This obviously would affect a large ...
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  • Uber Resumes Testing Self-Driving Vehicles After Collision in Arizona

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 13-Apr-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel Uber is one of several corporations that are testing out self-driving vehicles, which will eventually be sold to consumers. Leading in technological progress is Google, but Uber is a competitor, as well as several major automobile manufacturers. Uber, like Google, tests its vehicles in various locations in Arizona, alongside public traffic. On Friday, March 24, the driver of a ...
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  • Beware of Lawyers Who Solicit You After an Auto Collision

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 30-Mar-2017

    By: Matthew Tievsky District of Columbia law -- specifically, D.C. Code Section 22-3225.14 -- says that if you have been in an automobile collision within the past three weeks, a lawyer who is a stranger to you cannot solicit you to ask to be your lawyer in a personal injury case. The lawyer cannot do this personally, nor can the lawyer hire someone else to solicit you (we call such persons ...
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