Our Victories

At Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C., our Washington, DC personal injury lawyers have recovered millions of dollars in compensation for the injured victims and families we've represented. Below are a few of our notable recent case results.

    • Brain Injury $6,000,000.00

      $6 million settlement on behalf of a man who suffered a brain injury as a result of a rear-end collision.

    • Medical Malpractice $5,000,000.00

      The law firm obtained a settlement in excess $5 million on behalf of a 14 year old client whose doctor used the chemical equivalent of super-glue in her brain, causing severe brain injury and damage. This case involved a 14 year old girl who suffered a stroke when a physician at a local hospital injected a compound containing the chemical equivalent to superglue into vessels near her brain. Histoacryl, the chemical equivalent of Superglue®, was injected into our client's brain even though the Directions for Use in the package specifically warned: "Histoacryl must not be used for closing wounds to internal organs or on the surface of the brain and to the peripheral nervous system, since tissue damage with scar formation and subsequent disturbance of function can result." As a result of the doctor's inappropriate use of this product, our client suffered severe brain injury and damage. After the case settled, brain injury lawyer, Ira Sherman, was named Co-chair of the American Association of Justice's Litigation Committee titled "Embolization Devices (Cyanoacrylate)."

    • Motorcycle Accident $4,800,000.00

      CSCS secured a $4.8 million settlement on behalf of a man who was severely injured when his motorcycle struck a trailer being pulled by a minivan. Our client suffered numerous serious injuries, including a left leg fracture, an injury to the artery and never in his left leg, a fracture and dislocation of his left shoulder, a compression fracture of his thoracic spine, a fracture of his right ankle, a ruptured ligament in this thumb, and a meniscus tear and cartilage damage to right his right knee. Our client required multiple surgeries and will need additional surgeries and medical care in the future. During the case, Partners Joseph Cammarata and Allan M. Siegel worked with an accident reconstruction expert to illustrate that the motorcyclist was clearly visible to the minivan driver as he pulled from a stop sign and that, as a result of his inattention, the minivan driver caused the crash. The case was settled at mediation for the maximum amount of insurance available.

    • Pedestrian Accident $4,500,000.00

      Partner Joseph Cammarata won a $4.5 million verdict for a woman who was seriously injured in a pedestrian accident. The incident, which occurred in Virginia, involved Partner Cammarata’s client being struck from behind by an Alexandria Transit bus while crossing in a crosswalk. She suffered catastrophic injuries that required multiple surgeries and impacted her ability to be gainfully employed. During the case, Partner Cammarata was successful in illustrating that the accident was caused by the bus driver’s excessive speed and inattention, and the transit company’s negligent hiring and retention.

    • Truck Accident $3,000,000.00

      $3 million settlement obtained by a woman who lost her leg from the knee down as a result of a collision with a utility truck that struck her vehicle head on after the truck was rear-ended.

    • Brain Injury $2,400,000.00

      $2.4 million obtained on behalf of a woman who suffered a brain injury after being struck in a crosswalk.

    • Brain Injury $2,000,000.00

      $2 million obtained on behalf of an United States Government worker who was struck in crosswalk by a van, causing a brain injury.

    • Government Negligence $2,000,000.00

      Law firm obtained in excess of $2 million on behalf of 9 claimants against the District of Columbia and its contractors resulting from the negligent care of developmentally disabled wards of the District of Columbia.

      Beginning in 1999, a series of articles published in The Washington Post brought the public's attention to abuse, neglect, and untimely deaths of developmentally disabled persons residing in group homes run by private corporations or persons, and managed by the District of Columbia government.

      Following this shocking report, Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. was retained to represent eleven families whose loved ones suffered and died in the group home system as a result of improper care and treatment. In each case, the law firm filed lawsuits against the District of Columbia and the group home operators, seeking damages for the pain and suffering endured by these developmentally disabled individuals.

      Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has successfully resolved 9 of these 11 cases, obtaining compensation in excess of $2 million. Two of the cases are still pending.

    • Car Accident $1,900,000.00

      In excess of $1.9 million awarded by a D.C. jury to a 28 year old woman for a permanent back injury she sustained in a Washington D.C. car collision. The woman who caused the collision was insured by State Farm. The car crash also negatively affected our client’s ability to work in her chosen profession as a veterinarian. Our client wanted to work with large animals and endangered species and because of her injuries her ability to do so is in doubt. State Farm only offered $20,500 to settle the case before trial.

    • Brain Injury $1,800,000.00

      Law firm obtained $1.8 million on behalf of an already paralyzed stroke victim, against a wheelchair transport company which dropped him when transporting him to the hospital for physical therapy.

      This case involved a brain injury which occurred in an already brain injured client. Our client had been rendered a quadriplegic prior to the incident as a result of a massive stroke which also caused profound brain injury. The client, as a result of the stroke, was verbally non-communicative. Although living at home after a lengthy rehabilitation post stroke process he received outpatient physical therapy at the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, DC

      The wheelchair mobile van which transported him to and from physical therapy allowed our client to fall out of the wheelchair while he was still on the van lift resulting in his head striking roadway approximately four feet below. This resulted in a brain injury superimposed on the brain injury caused by the stroke. Although the client was unable to work as a result of the stroke the law firm was successfully able to argue that the negligence resulted in the additional loss of brain function, and significantly altered the quality of the client's post-stroke life. Our brain injury client received $ 1.8 million in compensation.

    • Truck Accident $1,800,000.00

      $1.8 million obtained on behalf of an 80 year pastor of a community church who was in a car that was struck head-on by a truck that crossed the center line.

    • Personal Injury $1,600,000.00

      In excess of $1.6 million awarded to a man who had his jaw broken as a result of being punched in the face by a professional boxer.

    • Truck Accident $1,400,000.00

      $1.4 million settlement on behalf of a family that was run off the road by a tractor-trailer in North Carolina while returning home from Disney World. This exceeded the maximum amount of insurance available.

    • Truck Accident $1,000,000.00

      $1 million - which was all of the available insurance - obtained for a bicyclist who was run over by a dump truck driver who turned right on a red light.

    • Brain Injury $1,000,000.00

      $1 million settlement on behalf of client suffered a brain injury when the driver of the car in which he was a passenger lost control of his vehicle.

    • Car Accident $1,000,000.00

      $1 million obtained on behalf of our 19 year old client who was a passenger in a car in which the driver lost control causing a collision. As a result, our client suffered extensive brain damage with cognitive impairment. He was in a coma for an extended period of time. Although he has regained consciousness, he is unable to care for himself. The law firm asked the Court to appoint him a guardian to care for him. The law firm is helping to establish a special needs trust so that the proceeds from the settlement will be protected against any medical liens.

    • Brain Injury $950,000.00

      $950,000 obtained on behalf of a man who was struck on the head by a hotel security guard causing permanent brain damage. (other cases arising out of brutality by police officers include recovery for a handcuffed individual who was subdued and suffocated as a result of police action; recovery on behalf of a man struck in the head by a Prince George's County police officer; and recovery for a man who obtained a spiral fracture as a result of unnecessary force used in a handcuff procedure).

    • Car Accident $850,000.00

      $850,000 settlement for a driver and two passengers who were injured when a man negligently caused his car to cross over the double yellow line and crash into our client's car. One of the passengers suffered a neck injury requiring two surgeries to repair. Partner Joseph Cammarata represented our clients.

    • Car Accident $835,000.00

      $835,000 obtained for a man who was driving in the District when our client's vehicle was struck by another vehicle which ran a red light.

    • Brain Injury $800,000.00

      $800,000 secured on behalf of a woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury causing permanent cognitive impairments and other serious injuries after being struck in a crosswalk by a delivery driver.

    • Car Accident $750,000.00

      $750,000 on behalf of an endodontist who was operating a motor vehicle that was broadsided by a van that went through a red light, resulting in injury to the car accident client's cervical spine with residual weakness of her dominant hand resulting in the loss of earning capacity.

    • Truck Accident $750,000.00

      $750,000 on behalf of a 54 year old woman who lost a portion of her arm when a tractor-trailer sideswiped her car, as she was returning from Ocean City, Maryland. She received the maximum compensation allowed, at that time, for pain and suffering in the State of Maryland.

    • Truck Accident $700,000.00

      Almost $700,000 settlement on behalf of a man who was run over by the tractor portion of a tractor-trailer. The man died of his injuries. The driver of the truck and our client had gotten into an altercation, and our client had stepped up on to the step of the truck when the driver of the truck attempted to drive away, causing our client to fall. The driver of the truck claimed that under Virginia law, our client was responsible for his own injuries because he climbed up on the truck.

    • Car Accident $675,000.00

      In excess of $675,000 obtained for a woman who was a passenger in car whose driver lost control of the car and crashed into a tree. The woman fractured her pelvis and arm.

    • Car Accident $625,000.00

      $625,000 verdict for a woman who suffered a herniated disc in a car crash and underwent surgery. The wrongdoer paid her policy limits of $25,000 and the case proceeded against Allstate Insurance Company, the underinsured motorist carrier. Allstate made no offer to settle the case.

    • Car Accident $600,000.00

      $600,000 on behalf of a woman whose vehicle was struck in the rear by a beverage truck. The car accident client suffered a herniated disk in her neck for which surgery was recommended. However, the client elected not to have surgery.

    • Medical Malpractice $600,000.00

      $600,000 obtained as a result of a doctor's failure to diagnose prostate cancer. As a result of the delayed diagnosis, the cancer spread outside the prostate, eliminating our client's ability to have surgery to remove the cancer. Instead, our client had to undergo hormone therapy followed by radiation therapy, causing many unnecessary side effects such as sexual dysfunction, loss of bone structure, fatigue and memory loss.

    • Motorcycle Accident $600,000.00

      $600,000 obtained against the United States Postal Service as a result of the negligence of one of its drivers, who pulled out from a stop side in front of our client's motorcycle. Our client suffered multiple fractures and third degree burns to his left lower extremity.

    • Work Injury $600,000.00

      $600,000 settlement for a federal employee who broke his foot when a 2,000 pound industrial air conditioner cover fell and struck the man's foot. He suffered multiple fractures to his foot, and died two months later of a pulmonary embolism, that sometimes occurs as a result of severe injuries to the legs and feet.