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Personal Injury Blog

  • 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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  • Metro Files Court Documents to Avoid Liability in L'Enfant Plaza Smoke Incident

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel As you will recall, on January 12, 2015, a Metro train near the L’Enfant Plaza station became stuck on the tracks underground. As the train sat, with passengers trapped inside, the tunnel and the passenger cars began filling with noxious smoke. One woman died of a heart attack and dozens more were potentially injured. Later in 2015, numerous victims (including the estate ...
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  • US Court Ends 40 Year Supervision of DC's Care for the Developmentally Disabled

    Posted By Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. || 20-Jan-2017

    By: Allan M. Siegel On Tuesday, January 10, 2017, Judge Huvelle brought 40 years of federal court supervision of DC’s care of people with developmental disabilities to an end. This end comes after a long string of horrors of mistreatment, molestation, neglect, and nonexistent or substandard medical care, and death. This all began with a law suit against Forest Haven in the 1970s. Forest ...
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  • Local DC Man Killed in Car Crash with Stolen Car

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

    By: Allan M. Siegel On the night of Friday, December 23, 2016, police identified a Lexus on the road that had been reported stolen, but lost it while in pursuit. Later that evening, the police found the same stolen car, but unfortunately after it had caused a four car collision. While speeding, the Lexus rear-ended a Nissan Altima, causing the Nissan to strike a tree and another vehicle. The other ...
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  • D.C. Man Charged With Second-Degree Murder For Causing Fatal Auto Collision

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

    By: Matthew Tievsky D.C. police have recently charged Lawrence Dukes, a resident of the District, with second-degree murder for killing his own passenger in an auto collision. On October 12, 2016, Dukes was driving and allegedly ran a red light on Suitland Parkway. This caused him to collide with a D.C. Metro bus. In addition to injuring the bus's driver and three of its passengers, the ...
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  • 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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