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Miscalculations In Maryland Workers’ Compensation Payments Plague the State

by Keith Adkins | September 16th, 2014

Most companies in Maryland are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover the costs associated with an employee’s injuries in the event of an accident. Even if an accident victim is awarded Maryland workers’ compensation benefits though, mistakes can be made in the process of determining how much they should receive.

An article from Southern Maryland Online explains audits of the state’s records show the Maryland State Treasurer’s office made $268 million in wrongful payments over the past three years. In addition, many injured workers were short-changed on the benefits they should have received. This is mainly due to the state’s lack of verifying payments to the Injured Workers Insurance Fund.

Reports indicate the state failed to attempt to reduce costs by assessing claim data and also made mistakes in the transfers of interest earnings. The claims come on the heels of the office failing to implement several suggestions made by auditors in 2007.

The discovery of the misappropriated funds has prompted officials to call for better legislation to regulate the process of making payments for workers’ compensation benefits.

Until changes are made, it’s important for injured workers to have a Maryland personal injury attorney by your side to help ensure your legal rights are protected. At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, our team is available anytime to discuss your accident, injuries, and needs. Feel free to call us anytime at (888) 744-7761.

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Study and Lawsuits Highlight Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer Risk

by Keith Adkins | September 9th, 2014

The products we use on a daily basis must first undergo rigorous safety testing before they are released to the market in order to protect consumers’ health; however, problems with products sometimes fall through the cracks, and items that present serious health risks end up on the market.

Take the use of certain body powders that contain Talc, for instance. While these products can reduce moisture on the skin, a study published in Cancer Prevention Research indicated women face up to a 30 percent increased risk of developing ovarian cancer if the product is used on the genitals.

The talcum powder ovarian cancer risk came to light after a woman filed suit in U.S. District Court seeking class-action status on a claim against Johnson & Johnson that stated using the company’s baby powder product put her at an increased risk of cancer. The suit is seeking refunds for purchases made by all female claimants.

According to an article from About Lawsuits, the drug and health product manufacturer has denied any wrongdoing in the case and is seeking to have the suit dismissed.

So what can you do to protect yourself from the risks of developing cancer from using talc-based products? The wisest precaution may be to avoid using talc-based products  or products containing talc in the genital area. Besides baby powders, make sure other products you use don’t contain talc, including:

  • Condoms
  • Sanitary Napkins
  • Tampons
  • Diaphragms
  • Vaginal Deodorant

If you’ve developed ovarian cancer after using Talc-based products, you may want to speak with a Maryland defective product attorney to help ensure your legal rights are protected. At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, if you have questions, we have answers. Call us anytime at (888) 744-7761 to learn more about what we can do for you.

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Staying Safe While Commuting After Labor Day

by Keith Adkins | September 2nd, 2014

It’s the day after Labor Day, and for most Virginians that means heading back to work or school. With so many people on the road though, the chances of being involved in a Virginia car accident can be especially high.

Statistics from the National Safety Council show hundreds of lives are lost to motor vehicle collisions over the Labor Day holiday each year. In 2011 alone, 373 such fatalities were recorded. Furthermore, another 38,800 motorists were injured as the result of car crashes that occurred on or around the Labor Day weekend that same year.

To help avoid back-to-school and work collisions this holiday, NBC 4 Washington News released a segment offering tips such as leaving earlier than normal or using public transportation to get where you need to go while avoiding traffic. It’s important to know there are other actions you can take to stay safe when traveling today.

  1. Buckle Up- Wearing a seat belt and requiring children to ride in booster seats can reduce the chances of injury or death in the event of an accident by as much as 60 percent.
  2. Slow Down- Speeding is involved in one-third of all fatal accidents, so always abide by the posted speed limit of the road you’re on.
  3. Eliminate Distractions- Driver inattention is quickly becoming one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. Do your part to stay safe by putting electronic devices down while driving. Also avoid eating, drinking or adjusting the stereo while in motion.

The Virginia personal injury attorneys with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers hope these tips help keep you safe on your return to work or school after the long holiday weekend.

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New Program Helps Settle Virginia Workers’ Compensation Claims

by Keith Adkins | August 26th, 2014

Working in Virginia can be dangerous, considering the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports almost 3 out of every 100,000 workers in the commonwealth suffered an on-the-job injury or illness in 2012. Furthermore, Virginia’s employee fatality rate that same year was nearly 4 out of every 100,000 workers.

Under most circumstances, these individuals may qualify for Virginia workers’ compensation benefits; however, getting a claim approved can sometimes be an arduous and difficult task. Luckily, there is a new way to reach a resolution to on-the-job injury claims in Virginia.

News sources report the commonwealth recently initiated the Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, which aims to create an atmosphere of mediation around workers’ compensation claims that are struggling to be settled.  The organization works closely with the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission to identify cases that could benefit from mediation provided by judges in order to facilitate a cheaper and faster way for the commonwealth to reach a conclusion in an injured worker’s case.

Anyone who wishes to participate in the program simply needs to contact the organization to have a case reviewed. Participants are also encouraged to be represented by an attorney if they wish.

At ChasenBoscolo, our Virginia personal injury lawyers applaud the efforts being made to get victims of workplace accidents faster access to the benefits they deserve and are hopeful the program will be a success.

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The Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS Is Flooding Our Communities

by Keith Adkins | August 19th, 2014

Typically people don’t think of being doused with frigid water as a good thing. But what if that paralyzing moment could raise funds to find a cure for a ravaging disease that affects as many as 30,000 Americans? It seems as though most people will jump at the chance, considering the popularity of the Ice Bucket Challenge that has been initiated in support of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) Association.

ALS—otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease— is a condition that affects the motor neurons that pass information from the brain to the muscles of the body. The disease causes the victim to slowly lose control of muscle movement and can lead to paralysis prior to death. While research of the disease has steadily progressed, there is no known cure for ALS.

The Ice Bucket Challenge’s slogan of “#StrikeOutALS” states the ALS Association’s goal clearly. In an effort to raise funds for research to find a cure for the disease, people are challenged donate $25 to the ALS Association after dumping a bucket of iced water over their head, or they can turn down the challenge and donate $100 to the cause. Those who complete the challenge are then given the opportunity to pass the challenge to three to five others.

So far, estimates show the Ice Bucket Challenge has effectively swelled donations to the ALS Association to as much as $15.6 million over the last two to three weeks.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, we pride ourselves in being Lawyers that Care and taking part in community service projects like the ALS Association’s campaign. That’s why our legal team has been busy accepting and passing along the #ALSIceBucketChallenge over the last several days. You can check out several of the videos of our staff members taking the challenge on our Facebook page.

Our Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyers would like to also encourage those who have not been challenged during the campaign so far to get in on the fun for a good cause by starting an Ice Bucket Challenge chain amongst your friends and family.

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Driver Inattention at Fault for Fatal Maryland Bicycle Accident

by Keith Adkins | August 12th, 2014

In 2009, the state of Maryland saw a total of 686 bicycle accidents that resulted in 10 deaths and 589 injuries. One of the most common contributing factors involved in these crashes was failure to recognize or yield the right of way to a cyclist.

The case of a woman who was recently charged and convicted in connection to a fatal Maryland bicycle accident underscores how regularly these crashes occur and puts a spotlight on the severity of the problem.

An article from The Washington Post states that on August 21, 2013, the victim was riding a bicycle along the tree-lined Riva Road outside of Annapolis, Maryland. Suddenly though, a car came up a hill behind the cyclist and struck her. The impact knocked the cyclist to the road, where she died a short time later.

The driver later admitted that she simply did not see the cyclist in the road, despite the victim wearing a reflective vest and having lights and reflectors on her bike.

A judge ruled the driver was responsible for causing the crash and charged her with three traffic violations that carry a maximum penalty of $2,000 in fines.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, our Maryland personal injury attorneys are aware of how difficult it can be to lose a loved one to an unforeseen accident. That’s why we would like to send our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim and are hopeful the decision that was reached in this case brings some sense of closure to them as well.

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Problems With Predicting and Preventing Construction Site Accidents

by Keith Adkins | August 5th, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports as much as 20 percent of our nation’s workplace fatalities occur on construction sites. This begs the question, “Why are construction accidents so prevalent today?”

An article from Occupational Health & Safety offers an answer to this query by pointing out that if we cannot predict the types and causes of construction site accidents, we cannot stop them from occurring. There are three setbacks the construction industry is currently facing that prevent them from making such predictions, including:

  • Not having the right tools to make such predictions
  • Not having a large enough sampling pool from which to gather data
  • The public is skeptical of data that is analyzed by computer programs

Until these problems are addressed, workers are being protected from the dangers of construction site accidents in other ways. The Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission explains companies who fail to carry insurance coverage for employees involved in accidents can face fines of up to $10,000. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is also offering tools to help educate the public about how to stay safe while on the job.

The Maryland personal injury attorneys with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers explain workers’ rights are also protected under the law and anyone who has been hurt on the job should consider discussing their options with a qualified legal representative as soon as possible.

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ChasenBoscolo Named One of the 2014 Top Places to Work

by Keith Adkins | July 29th, 2014

Considering how much time we spend at work, it’s important for employers to nurture an environment where workers enjoy coming into the office each day and feel motivated to give their all for their company’s mission. At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, we we’ve made it a priority to foster such a work environment, and have recently been recognized for achieving these goals as The Washington Post named us one of the 2014 Top Workplaces.

The award is given to the top 150 best places to work in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Individual rankings are based on the results of surveys taken by the employees of each company.

Some of the benefits the Washington, D.C., personal injury attorneys and legal staff at ChasenBoscolo receive as part of their employment include:

  • Coverage of 50 percent of health premiums for all employees
  • Matching of 50 percent of 401(K) contributions, up to $3,000
  • Up to 20 days paid time off in the first year of employment
  • Birthdays are considered a holiday

The reason we, as a firm, like to give so much to our employees is because having happy workers means we will have satisfied clients—a fact you can see if you look at some of the client testimonials we have received.

We are proud to be recognized as one of the best places to work in our region. If you think you have the drive, motivation and experience to become a member of the team at ChasenBoscolo, check out the Careers at ChasenBoscolo page on our website.

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What’s Being Done to Reduce Maryland Pedestrian Accidents

by Keith Adkins | July 22nd, 2014

Speeding vehicles along the roads of Maryland are not only a serious safety concern for other drivers, but for pedestrians as well. In fact, one particular roadway has seen three fatal Maryland pedestrian accidents in the last six months. These incidents have prompted the state to take corrective action in order to prevent any further accidents from occurring in the future.

As of August 1, the speed limit along U.S. Highway 1 in College Park will be lowered from 30 MPH to 25 MPH. Furthermore, an article from The Baltimore Sun says a traffic signal and fencing along the median of the road will also be installed in the area.

While changes to the roadway will significantly reduce the chances of Maryland pedestrian accidents occurring, educating locals on the importance of highway safety also plays a crucial role in reducing collision numbers. Officials have introduced the “Walk Smart College Park” program to address this issue.

While these programs and changes can help better protect the public from collisions with automobiles while walking, accidents can still occur. That’s why the Maryland personal injury attorneys with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers encourage pedestrians to consider these ways of staying safe.

  • Travel in Groups- It’s easier for motorists to see large groups of pedestrians versus a single person walking.
  • Be Visible- Carry a flashlight or other light at night. Wearing light-colored or reflective clothing can also be more eye-catching to passing drivers.
  • Use the Crosswalk- A large number of Maryland pedestrian accidents are the result of pedestrians failing to use designated crossing areas. Stay safe by always obeying traffic laws and using crosswalks.
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3 Ways to Help Children Avoid a Maryland Bicycle Accident This Summer

by Keith Adkins | July 15th, 2014

With many children in Maryland out of school on summer vacation, you may have noticed an increase in the number of young people who are out and traveling along your local streets. Too often though, school-aged children are the victims of serious accidents involving motor vehicles during this time of year.

Take the case of a 13-year-old girl who was left seriously injured as the result of a recent Maryland bicycle accident. Reports indicate the accident happened at around 9 a.m. on the morning of Monday, July 14, at a crossing located at the intersection of Cedar Lane and Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia, Maryland.

WBALTV News goes on to explain the victim was making her way across the roadway in a crosswalk when she was suddenly struck by a pickup truck being driven by a 69-year-old woman. The girl was taken to a local hospital where she was last listed in stable condition.

Accidents like this may leave you wondering what you can do to help keep yourself and your children safe when biking along a road. The legal staff with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers suggest following these rules in order to achieve this goal:

  • Wear Protective Gear- Helmets are the best way to prevent injury or death if riding a bicycle, but wearing light colored or reflective clothing will reduce the chances of accidents by making you more visible to motorists.
  • Obey Traffic Signals- Making sure to obey crosswalk signage, lights, and traffic signals is a linchpin to safety.
  • Ride Defensively- A majority of bicycle accidents occur because motorists simply do not see or fail to yield the right-of-way to bicyclists. That’s why you should always assume drivers do not see you when on a bicycle and take the necessary precautions to avoid a collision.

ChasenBoscolo’s team of Maryland personal injury lawyers hope these suggestions help keep you and your children safe this summer. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident though, we are here to help and can be reached by calling (888) 744-7761.

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