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October 28th, 2014
Over the years, advancements in technology have successfully reduced the number of injuries and deaths associated with Virginia car accidents; however, it has come to light that one particular type of equipment, once thought to be life-saving, may be putting motorists at a much greater risk of harm in the event of a crash.
Guardrails designed by Trinity Industries have been installed along highways nationwide. However, it was discovered that the company changed the design of the units in 2005 by shortening individual rails. This compromised not only the integrity of the unit in the event of a crash, but also caused it to become a deadly object if struck by a moving vehicle.
Numerous reports have surfaced that the units failed to properly crumble as they were designed and instead became lodged in vehicles that struck them. In some cases, the rails even penetrated the car or truck, seriously injuring occupants. Virginia requested Trinity retest the units for safety, but the company failed to comply.
According to an article from The New York Times, these accidents and actions by the company have prompted the state of Virginia to ban the use of the rails. Furthermore, the state is beginning the process of inventorying the potentially faulty units for replacement.
At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, our Virginia personal injury lawyers applaud the efforts being made to improve the safety of the commonwealth’s highway system and are hopeful a more effective guardrail system is implemented soon.
October 23rd, 2014
Breast cancer affects as many as 1 in 8 American women throughout their lifetime. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to help raise awareness and educate the public about the nature of the disease, there are many ways you and your family can participate in activities benefiting breast cancer research. At ChasenBoscolo, we’re doing our part to support the fight against breast cancer with our Pumpkins for a Cure campaign from October 16-November 9.
This year, when you carve or decorate your pumpkin or jack-o-lantern, incorporate the color pink. Then, use the hashtag #Pumpkinsforacure and post a photo of you and your creation to our Facebook page, or tag us on Instagram @chasenboscolo.
For every person who submits a photo of their pink pumpkin, we’ll donate $10 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure—up to a maximum of $1,000. Whoever uploads the best submission before November 9 will win a $250 Visa® gift card, just in time to help with holiday shopping. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges and announced on November 12.
At ChasenBoscolo, we love giving back to the communities we serve. That’s why our Lawyers that Care hope you’ll do your part for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by going pink with your pumpkins this fall.
October 21st, 2014
Anytime a collision occurs between two vehicles, one of the most difficult aspects of a post-crash investigation is determining fault. These findings are then used to determine whose insurance should cover the costs associated with the accident, which—under current regulations—can cause frustrations for victims of a D.C. bicycle accident.
Current district law states that in order for a cyclist involved in an accident with a motor vehicle to collect compensation from a driver’s insurer, that motorist must be found 100 percent at fault for the crash. Many are calling for a change though, considering more than 90 percent of bicycle accident victims suffer some sort of injury, regardless of who is at fault.
According to The Washington Post, a D.C. Council committee is considering changes to the law that would allow an injured bicyclist to present their case for compensation after an accident to a judge and courtroom. While some believe the reforms could create the need to change more laws, including those covering how compensatory damages are distributed, others say it could lead to increases in insurance rates. Still, another group of advocates believes the current law is too cut and dry, considering the countless exceptions that can come into play in any accident.
At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, our team of D.C. personal injury attorneys recognizes the importance of a fair legal process after an accident and is hopeful any reforms to the law that are implemented create such an environment inside D.C. courtrooms for cyclists in the district.
October 14th, 2014
All jobs come with some sort of risk of injury, but are certain groups of workers more prone to be involved in on-the-job accidents than others? The data tends to indicate that the answer is yes.
The Risks of the Construction Industry
An estimated 4,405 workers die in workplace accidents in 2013. The figures show that working on a construction site is one of the most dangerous places to be employed. Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the construction industry accounted for the highest number of fatal work injuries of any private sector industry in 2013, with 796 workers losing their lives. Across all industries however, certain ethnic groups—specifically Hispanic and Latino workers—tend to experience workplace accidents, including construction accidents, more often than others.
Hispanic and Latino Fatal Workplace Accident Statistics
The rate of fatal accidents rose nearly seven percent among Latino and Hispanic workers in 2013. In 2013, an estimated 797 Hispanic or Latino workers died in workplace accidents—the most since 2008. This comprises the highest incident rate of workplace fatalities of any ethnicity. The actual figure may even be much higher, considering many incidents involving undocumented workers may go unreported. Many of the workers who were killed in on-the-job accidents were foreign-born workers who recently emigrated from Mexico.
What Can You Do If You’ve Been Injured?
If you’ve been hurt on the job, the most important thing for you to know is that help is out there. At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, our D.C. personal injury attorneys take pride in helping injured workers get the compensation they need for expenses like medical bills and lost wages, and we are here to assist you in any way we can.
Give us a call at (888) 744-7761 to get the Lawyers that Care on your team.
October 7th, 2014
When workers in the United States are hurt on the job, the expenses related to their injuries are often covered through workers’ compensation benefits provided by an employer’s insurer. These benefits are regulated on the state level, and while policies enforced by smaller government can create a program suited for the people of a specific area, it can also prove to be problematic.
The District of Columbia’s workers’ compensation system is currently affected by several issues that were recently discussed during a public oversight roundtable discussion held with D.C. Councilmember Vincent B. George.
Two D.C. workers’ compensation attorneys with our law firm, ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, spoke during the event. Both Ben Boscolo and Matt Peffer touched on two of the biggest issues they feel injured workers face today: prolonged waits for benefits and inefficiencies within the current system.
An article from the Washington City Paper explains other problems in the system include the use of unqualified judges and mismanagement of program funds. Officials say the information brought to light during the discussion will be used for further review and to implement improvements to the program.
These issues, and the bureaucracy holding back changes from taking place, is why it’s wise to discuss your legal rights with a qualified D.C. personal injury lawyer if you’ve been injured on the job and are in need of workers’ compensation benefits or have a claim that has been denied in the past.
At ChasenBoscolo, our legal team is available anytime—day or night—to answer your questions. Just call (888) 744-7761 to speak with our Lawyers that Care.
September 30th, 2014
Working in the construction industry in Maryland can be dangerous due to the numerous hazards that can be found on job sites, but one of the most significant risks construction workers face is that of suffering a slip, trip, or fall. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Maryland slip and fall accidents accounted for roughly 17 percent of all workplace injuries that occurred during 2010.
To bring into perspective just how common these incidents are, a construction worker in the city of Laurel suffered a slip and fall injury this past Monday. According to NBC Washington News, the victim was performing duties on one of the upper floors of a building that is under construction when he lost his footing and fell roughly 10 feet to the floor below.
Reports indicate the Maryland construction accident left the worker with injuries that required treatment at a local hospital. He was last listed in good condition.
While we hope the injured worker makes a full recovery, the incident leaves many workers wondering what they should do in the event they are injured on the job due to a slip and fall accident. The team of Maryland personal injury lawyers at ChasenBoscolo suggest following these simple steps:
- Get Treatment- If you’ve been hurt on the job, getting medical care should be your top priority. Get medical attention and follow all treatment orders provided by medical staff.
- Document the Accident-It’s important to not only take pictures of your injury and the site of the accident, but also to hold on to all documentation regarding your accident. This can include work notes, doctor’s records, hospital and medical bills, and even receipts from expenses incurred traveling to appointments.
- Speak With a Lawyer- Discussing your case with a legal professional can help ensure your rights are protected.
Our team of Maryland injury attorneys is available anytime to answer any questions you may have regarding the legal processes that can follow a work-related injury. Learn more about how we can help by calling (888) 744-7761 today.
September 23rd, 2014
Washington, D.C., is a fantastic place to live and work. As our population grows, so does the number of citizens choosing to bike as a means of transportation. While this eases the city’s carbon footprint, it does increase the risk of collisions between cyclists and motor vehicles.
Data show that each year hundreds of bicycle accidents are reported in Washington, D.C. While a vast majority of those accidents result in cyclists suffering injuries, some are more severe.
Take the hit-and-run Washington, D.C., bicycle accident that claimed the life of a 53-year-old cyclist this past weekend. Reports indicate the collision occurred at the corner of 8th and S Street NW in downtown.
While the Washington, D.C., bicycle accident lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers would like to send their sympathies to the family of the victim, we would like to remind cyclists and motorists of several things you can do to stay safe on the road, including:
- Wear a Helmet- This one piece of safety gear can reduce the chances of death by as much as 60 percent in the event of an accident.
- Be Visible- Cars should use headlights from dusk until dawn and cyclists should do the same by equipping their bikes with head and tail lights.
- Be Vigilant- Obey all traffic signals and watch for others who may not be paying attention to them.
While these tips can often effectively keep you safe, you can’t guarantee you’ll never have an accident. Luckily, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association offers advice on what to do after a Washington, D.C., bicycle accident. They suggest not only seeking medical attention, but also seeking the assistance of police and possibly a Washington, D.C., personal injury lawyer.
Speaking with the latter about your accident can help ensure your legal rights are protected, and at ChasenBoscolo, we have a team of attorneys and legal staff waiting to assist you. Call us today at (888) 744-7761 to learn more about what we can do for you.
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.
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:
- Sanitary Napkins
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.