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FDA Calls for Stronger Warnings on NSAIDs Due to Increased Drug Injury Risk

by Keith Adkins | July 29th, 2015

Millions of Americans use over-the-counter pain relievers on a daily basis; however, our drug injury lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers explain that taking certain types of these medications could increase your chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke.

Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a type of pain reliever that works by blocking enzymes that send pain messages to the brain. The problem is, these drugs can significantly increase the chances of a patient experiencing an adverse cardiac event.

These issues have led the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take action to warn the public about these risks. According to an article from the Herald-Standard, the agency is calling for more details to be included on the warning labels of NSAIDs.

The labels will address the risks posed to all patients, but especially those who are taking blood thinners. Officials are also warning patients that if you experience any side effects from taking NSAIDs that include chest pain, shortness of breath, weakness, or slurred speech, you should speak with your physician immediately.

If you’ve been harmed as the result of taking an NSAID, it may also be a good idea to speak with a legal representative regarding your rights to compensation  for your injuries. At ChasenBoscolo, our legal staff is experienced in helping drug injury victims get on the road to recovery and our Washington, D.C., personal injury attorneys are here to do the same for you. Feel free to give us a call anytime at (888) 744-7761 for a free consultation of your case.

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Stolen Dignity: Neglect and Abuse in Long-Term Care – Part 1

by Benjamin Boscolo | July 24th, 2015

Benjamin Boscolo

Hey everybody, this is the beginning of a blog on justice for residents of nursing homes in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia who have been the victims of institutional abuse or neglect.

While I have been practicing law for almost 30 years, I am just now beginning to provide legal care to residents of long-term care facilities. I am not, however, a newcomer to taking care of residents of nursing homes. So, my blog will begin with the story of my passion.

I grew up in central Connecticut in the 1970s, the son of a mechanical engineer and a physical therapist. While we were not rich, my parents made sure that we did not know that, because as far as I could tell, we never wanted for anything. When I got old enough to start thinking about college, I learned that I would have to help pay for my education. Being a snotty little prepster from New England, I wanted to get out of Connecticut and go to a fancy private school. After a college tour with my best friend and our moms, I decided that the only place I was interested in was Lafayette College in Easton Pennsylvania. It was not cheap, so I had to start saving to help my folks pay the freight.

I, as usual, was very lucky. My best friend’s family owned a construction company and gave me a summer job paying me far more than I was worth. Those checks got handed over to my parents to help with the cost of my education.

I, still being a fun-loving adult, needed pocket money. Again, I was lucky. My mom worked as a physical therapist in state-run nursing facilities in Connecticut. These homes were populated by two categories of folks: working men and women who did not have adequate resources to afford private nursing facilities and the poor and disabled elderly who had been mostly discarded by society. The facilities were constantly understaffed and they were only too happy to have me work as many shifts as I could as a nurse’s aide.

This is where my passion begins. When I started working as a nurse’s aide, I cannot say it was love at first sight. In fact, I thought it was the grossest job imaginable, both figuratively and literally. I was charged, on a good shift, with caring for 8-10 nursing home residents who were not capable of caring for themselves. My basic training began.

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Maryland Bicycle Accident Injuries Can Affect Your Life Years After a Crash

by Keith Adkins | July 21st, 2015

Bicycles can be a fun, efficient, and environmentally friendly way to make your commute. Our Maryland bicycle accident attorneys at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers would like to remind cyclists that bikes offer little protection from other motorized vehicles that are on the road and that the effects of an injury suffered in a crash can linger for quite some time.

Vehicles in Maryland strike more than 750 cyclists each year and an article from The Baltimore Sun told the stories of several of these victims. One thing the injured cyclists had in common was the fact that their injuries still affected their daily lives years after the collision occurred.

One man was struck on Route 155 three years ago and is still unable to work or take part in certain recreational activities due to the pain he continually suffers. His story is similar to that of a woman who was struck by a vehicle in Elkridge several years ago as well.

In order to help reduce the number of Maryland bicycle accident injuries that occur each year, state officials have been focusing on educating the public about the dangers cyclists and pedestrians face, as well as what each citizen can do to prevent accidents.

While educating and making the public aware of the problem can certainly reduce the number of Maryland bicycle accidents that occur each year, it’s nearly impossible to prevent all crashes.

If you’ve been injured in a Maryland bicycle accident, you may be facing costly medical bills for quite a while due to the tendency of bike accident injuries to linger. That’s why our Maryland personal injury lawyers at ChasenBoscolo encourage you to speak with an attorney regarding your potential rights to compensation for your injuries. Our team is standing by to speak with you any time. Just call (888) 744-7761.

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Man Suffers Maryland Dog Bite Injury During Recent Attack

by Keith Adkins | July 14th, 2015

A dog can be a wonderful family companion, but sometimes a canine can turn and attack—even when unprovoked. In fact, data shows that each year, as many as 1,000 citizens report suffering a Maryland dog bite injury in Anne Arundel County alone.

To bring into perspective just how common canine attacks can be, our Maryland dog bite lawyers explain that an Oxford, Maryland, man was recently seriously injured by an aggressive dog.

According to an article from The Star Democrat, the incident occurred at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 21, at Schooners restaurant. Emergency crews were called to the scene after the attack occurred and the victim was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment for a dog bite injury. The victim will require surgery for the wounds to properly heal.

While an investigation into the incident remains ongoing, it is possible that the owner of the animal could be held liable for the victim’s injuries. Last year, Maryland legislators made sweeping reforms to the state’s dog bite liability laws. Now, owners of dogs can be held liable for damages under certain circumstances, regardless of the animal’s breed.

At ChasenBoscolo, we recognize just how complicated dog bite laws can be and our Maryland personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have if you’ve been injured in a canine attack. Feel free to give us a call anytime at (888) 744-7761 to discuss your concerns about filing a dog bite injury lawsuit.

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Construction Worker Suffers Maryland Fire and Burn Injury While on the Job

by Keith Adkins | July 8th, 2015

There are many hazards construction workers can face on a job site. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates 197,800 construction workers suffered on-the-job injuries in 2013.

Burns an fire-related injuries are one type of workplace injury that occur far too often. In fact, a construction worker recently suffered a Maryland fire and burn injury while completing work on a home in Bethesda.

According to an article from NBC 4 Washington News, the incident occurred at approximately 9 a.m. at a home that is under construction along Howell Road. Investigators believe the fire started in the basement of the home as a result of the construction and quickly spread. The worker sustained burn injuries to his face and arms. Emergency responders transported the victim to a local hospital, where his injuries were treated.

If you’ve suffered an on-the-job burn injury, it’s important to know you have rights to compensation that may need to be protected. You may be covered under your employer’s workers’ compensation policy or another type of insurance. The best way to determine what your options are is to speak with a qualified Maryland personal injury lawyer regarding your case.

At ChasenBoscolo, we have decades of experience helping accident victims just like you and are here to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to give us a call at (888) 744-7761.

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A Few Things to Keep in Mind This 4th of July

by Keith Adkins | June 30th, 2015

This weekend, citizens will be celebrating our nation’s independence as 4th of July festivities take place. Our Maryland personal injury lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers would like to let you know about a few of these activities and events you may not want to miss.

It wouldn’t be the 4th of July without seeing some fireworks and there will be plenty of displays to check out around the state. In Baltimore, fireworks will be launched beginning at 7 p.m. near the Harborplace Amphitheater. Those wishing to see the display can do so from the amphitheater, Harbor East, Federal Hill, or even Fell’s Point. A parade and fireworks display will also kick off in Annapolis at around 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Annapolis City Dock.

The city of Fredrick is gearing up for an event all its own, as Baker Park and Culler Lake will host a festival on the 4th of July. There will be music, food, rides, games and other activities during the day. Then, as dusk settles in, a fireworks display will take place.

Each of these events will attract large numbers of people, which can congest traffic and lead to accidents. That’s why it’s crucial that you keep safety in mind while driving. One of the best ways to prevent crashes is to obey all traffic laws and an article from Southern Maryland News Net outlines some of the most important rules to keep in mind when driving.

Our legal staff at ChasenBoscolo hope this information helps you to have a fun and safe 4th of July weekend!

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Washington, D.C., Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed in Connection to Death of Inmate

by Keith Adkins | June 23rd, 2015

Mental illness is rampant in our nation’s prison system. Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows roughly 64 percent of jail inmates, 56 percent of state prisoners, and 45 percent of federal prisoners suffer from some sort of mental disorder or disease. Too often though, little is done to protect the health and safety of these individuals in prison despite how common these conditions are.

In fact, a Washington, D.C., wrongful death lawsuit was recently filed in connection to the suicide of an inmate who showed signs of mental illness. The family of the victim is seeking $1.2 million in damages for their loss.

According to an article from NBC Washington News, the suit claims the prisoner, who was an executive with the U.S. Department of Labor at the time of his death, made statements indicating he was mentally ill on several occasions following his arrest, yet officers “took no special precautions” to protect the inmate from himself. That includes allowing the victim access to a razor blade, which he used to commit suicide.

The suit names Washington, D.C., mayor, Muriel Bowser, and the Washington, D.C., Department of Corrections as defendants in the case.

Our Washington, D.C., personal injury lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers understand the struggles a family can face after losing a loved one and we hope a decision being reached in this particular case brings a sense of peace and closure to the family of the victim.

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2015 Takata Airbag Recall Expanded Once Again

by Keith Adkins | June 17th, 2015

Last month, a Japanese manufacturer of automobile airbags, Takata Corp., announced they would be recalling millions of vehicles due to a fault in their product that’s capable of causing motorists to suffer serious injuries. Our defective product lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers point out that since that time, the recall has been expanded to include more cars and trucks. Now it seems the number of affected vehicles is growing again.

The recall initially affected around 20 million cars, but quickly grew to cover an estimated 34 million vehicles. Now, Honda has announced they are adding another 1 million vehicles to that total.

With as many as 1 in 4 vehicles now affected by the recall, many are wondering what the problem is. According to an article from NBC 4 Washington News, experts have determined that high humidity can affect the chemical reaction within an airbag and cause ruptures in the canister that houses the propellant unit. If an accident occurs, parts of the canister can explode and be launched at a vehicle’s occupants, causing serious harm.

Investigators have determined the faulty airbags are responsible for causing more than 100 injuries and have claimed at least seven lives.

To help prevent becoming the victim of a defective airbag accident, our Washington, D.C., personal injury lawyers suggest researching your vehicle to determine if it is currently under recall. If so, we would also encourage you to have any necessary repairs done immediately. We hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe in the wake of the massive 2015 Takata airbag recall.

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Maryland Law Enforcement Using Laser Guns to Reduce Speed-Related Accidents

by Keith Adkins | June 9th, 2015

Speeding is one of the leading causes of auto accidents in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. Statistics show that as many as 1 in 3 fatal collisions involves a motorist who was traveling faster than the posted speed limit.

Speeding can be especially dangerous around school zones because of the close proximity to children. Maryland’s Prince George’s County uses cameras to catch and fine speeders in school zones. Some motorists are able to avoid tickets by slowing down around the cameras and then speeding up once they have passed through the camera’s view.

This strategy may no longer be effective though, as law enforcement will begin using new technology to catch drivers traveling too fast in school zones. Reports from NBC Washington News explain a new laser gun is a hybrid between a radar gun and a camera. A stationary officer is capable of holding the unit and “clocking” drivers as they pass. Much like a speed camera though, the officer doesn’t need to pull the driver over to ticket them. Instead, the vehicle’s information is recorded in the laser gun and a fine can be sent to the driver later.

Officers say, for the first month the new laser guns are in use, drivers will receive warnings. After that though, speeding motorists can expect to receive fines.

Our team at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers understands the dangers that speeding can pose to everyone who is on or near the road. So our Maryland car accident lawyers encourage you to do your part to keep our roads safe by always obeying the posted speed limit and slowing down while driving through school zones.


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What’s Being Done to Improve Cyclist Safety in Our State

by Keith Adkins | June 2nd, 2015

There seem to be more bicycles on the roadways in Maryland, which must mean biking season has arrived. Unfortunately for cyclists though, this time of year is also notorious for seeing higher Maryland bicycle accident totals than any other time of year. Data from the Maryland Highway Safety Office shows that more than half of all crashes involving bicycles occur between May and August. Almost half of our state’s bicycle accident fatalities also occur during that four-month window.

Our bicycle accident lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers explain that there is a strong community effort coming together in our state to offer cyclists more protection on the road while raising awareness about the importance of bicycle safety.

While an article from My Eastern Shore MD highlighted safety tips for motorists and cyclists alike, others are taking another approach toward making the roadways safer. In fact, a widow from Carroll County has taken legal action against the state, claiming a defect in a Maryland highway’s design is to blame for her husband’s death.

In August 2010, the woman’s 51-year-old husband was struck by a tractor-trailer as he was riding his bike along Route 75 in Union Bridge. The woman filed a Maryland wrongful death lawsuit claiming the master plan for the highway calls for a designated bike lane along the shoulder of the highway; however, the lane was never installed. Furthermore, the state has refused to install the lane after the woman offered to pay for the project out of her own pocket.

Keeping cyclists safe on the road has to be a priority in order for roadway users to keep safety top of mind and for bike lanes to get installed. So please, do your part to keep bicycle riders safe by sharing the road with all users.

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