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With Spring in the Air, Officials Focus on Pedestrian Safety in Washington, D.C.

by Keith Adkins | March 24th, 2015

There are two sure signs of spring in Washington, D.C. One is the cherry blossoms blooming; the other is the significant rise in the number of residents and visitors making their way around the city on foot.

The Washington, D.C., pedestrian accident lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers point out that unfortunately, the increase in pedestrians around the metro area infamously leads to a rise in the number of collisions between motor vehicles and pedestrians. In fact, it’s estimated that 90 pedestrians or cyclists are killed in the Washington, D.C., region each year, accounting for roughly 25 percent of all traffic fatalities.

The increased risk of pedestrian accidents in the spring has prompted officials in Arlington to raise public awareness about the importance of pedestrian safety through strict enforcement of traffic laws. NBC Washington reports that beginning tomorrow, March 25, the Arlington Police Department will be citing motorists for failing to yield to pedestrians at intersections. They will also be ticketing pedestrians who do not obey traffic signals and crosswalks for jaywalking. Officers will be located at four of the city’s most dangerous and accident-prone intersections.

At ChasenBoscolo, we understand the importance of pedestrian safety, which is why our team of Washington, D.C., personal injury lawyers would like to offer these tips to both motorists and pedestrians to help you stay safe and avoid a ticket in the coming days and weeks of spring.

Motorists should:

  • Avoid distractions such as cellphones, iPods, GPS, food, and beverages.
  • Look twice before entering or maneuvering in traffic at an intersection.
  • Obey all traffic signals.

Pedestrians should:

  • Use marked crosswalks anytime you cross the street.
  • Be visible by carrying a flashlight or reflectors when traveling before sunrise or after sunset.
  • When crossing the street, make eye contact with motorists before walking into traffic to help ensure they see you.

 

 

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Maryland Car Accident Lawyers Encourage Use of SafeRide This St. Patrick’s Day

by Keith Adkins | March 17th, 2015

Today is St. Patrick’s Day and that means there will be numerous celebrations of Irish heritage around Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia. Alcohol may be present at many of these festivities, so our Maryland car accident lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers would like to remind revelers of the dangers drunk driving can pose—especially on St. Patrick’s Day.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows how drunk driving fatalities notoriously increase around St. Patrick’s Day. Between 2009 and 2013, a total of 276 motorists lost their lives on this particular holiday as the result of drunk driving. Furthermore, thousands of motorists are injured or arrested as the result of drunk driving on St. Patrick’s Day as well.

These numbers may leave you asking, “So, what can I do to prevent drunk driving and stay safe today and tonight?”

The answer is quite simple: don’t drink and drive.

There are plenty of options to get you home safely if you find you’ve had too much to drink, but one of the best is the SoberRide service that will be operating around Maryland, D.C. and Virginia this evening. NBC 4 Washington is providing a list of the companies and areas where $30 ride vouchers will be made available to intoxicated partygoers.

The Maryland personal injury lawyers with ChasenBoscolo are hopeful you’ll choose to enjoy the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in a safe and responsible manner.

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NIH Developes New Website to Reduce Dog Bite Injury Rates Amongst Children

by Keith Adkins | March 10th, 2015

One minute, you could be near what seems to be a perfectly friendly canine. The next, you are treating a dog bite injury after the animal attacked. This is how fast millions of dog bites occur each year. An estimated 800,000 of these attacks that occur in the U.S. require a visit to the doctor, while 6,000 require hospitalization. Still another estimated 12 American citizens are expected to lose their lives to a dog bite injury annually. Furthermore, statistics show the rate of injury is even higher for children than it is for adults.

To help prevent canine attack injuries from occurring, the National Institutes of Health has invested almost $400,000 into creating a website that will offer information on how to protect yourself and your children from the risks of a dog bite injury. Reports from the Washington Free Beacon indicate a team at the University of Alabama Birmingham is developing the project.

David C. Schwebel is leading the project and says the site will aim to address three areas that put children at an especially high risk of becoming a dog bite injury victim: poor impulse control, an inability to recognize certain details, and poor ability to take the animal’s perspective in certain situations. These risk factors will be addressed through games and lessons on the site.

Once the website is complete, its effectiveness will be tested using a group of 68 children between ages four and six.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, we’ve seen the damage a dog bite injury can inflict on a victim and our Maryland personal injury lawyers are hopeful the new website is a success in reducing canine attack numbers.

 

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FTA Begins Examination of Metro Train Safety

by Keith Adkins | March 3rd, 2015

Thousands of Washington, D.C., residents utilize the metro rail transit system each day, so it’s no surprise that railroad safety is a concern and a priority to many. That’s why the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will analyze Metro’s current conditions, policies and operational procedures to determine if any improvements can be made.

A report from NBC-Washington explains officials began inspecting trains and railways throughout the District and will continue to do so until May. The examination is not in reaction to a recent incident at the L’Enfant Plaza station, but to the situation in which a smoke emergency was declared.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, our D.C. personal injury attorneys point out that an exploration of train safety also means a safer work environment for those who work along the rail system. It’s important to recognize that even in the safest of conditions, accidents can still happen and it’s important to know what options are available to you if you work along a railroad and are injured on the job.

Instead of receiving workers’ compensation, railroad workers are awarded benefits under the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA). The process of applying for, and being awarded, FELA train injury benefits can be quite complex though, which is why it’s so important to speak with a qualified legal representative prior to submitting an application for benefits.

Our legal team is available to answer any questions you may have by calling (888) 744-7761.

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Johnson & Johnson Ordered to pay $2.5 Million in Risperdal® Gynecomastia Trial

by Staff | February 26th, 2015

Johnson & Johnson has lost the first Risperdal® gynecomastia lawsuit to go to trial.

On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, a Philadelphia jury returned a guilty verdict in a case brought by the family of an autistic boy who took Risperdal in 2002 and later developed gynecomastia—or abnormally large male breasts. The lawsuit alleged that Johnson & Johnson improperly marketed Risperdal and did not warn patients of potential adverse side effects, including gynecomastia.

Tuesday’s guilty verdict orders Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.5 million in damages to the boy and his family.

Previous Risperdal side effect cases have settled out of court, including a $2.2 billion payment to settle several civil and criminal allegations against Johnson & Johnson in 2013.

More than 1,200 Risperdal side effect lawsuits have been filed in courts across the country. For those who took the antipsychotic drug and later developed gynecomastia, the verdict offers hope that it is possible to recover fair compensation for medical costs, pain and suffering.

If you or a loved one took Risperdal and suffered side effects, such as gynecomastia, contact our Washington, D.C., drug injury lawyers today to find out if you may be eligible to receive compensation.

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D.C. Department of Transportation Partners with Waze Traffic App

by Keith Adkins | February 24th, 2015

Traffic in Washington, D.C., can make traveling the streets of our nation’s capitol a daunting task. Whether it’s construction or a crash, there always seems to be something holding up a line of vehicles.

The D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) is working to give citizens better information about the fastest and least congested routes around town by partnering with Waze—a navigational app for smartphones. Waze works by allowing users—typically everyday motorists— to post real-time updates on traffic conditions to other users. So, if a Waze user comes across a Washington, D.C., auto accident, they simply press the “accident” button on the screen to pinpoint the location of the crash and allow others to see where the accident occurred. Construction zones and the presence of law enforcement can also be reported.

According to NBC 4 Washington News, the DDOT plans to submit information about construction and maintenance projects as part of the Waze Connected Citizens program. D.C. is now one of 20 cities partnering with the application in hopes of making travel more efficient for citizens.

Preventing accidents through better access to information is an approach to safety our Washington, D.C., personal injury attorneys at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers can appreciate, and we sincerely hope this new partnership between Waze and our fine city is effective in helping to reduce Washington, D.C., auto accident numbers.

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Preventing a Slip and Fall Accident During Winter Weather

by Keith Adkins | February 17th, 2015

The region surrounding Maryland and Washington, D.C., has been pummeled by a massive winter storm that left up to five inches of snow in certain areas. This means many roads aren’t fit to be traveled and many residents are resorting to walking to get where they need to go. It’s important to remember that getting around on foot comes with its own set of hazards during winter weather.

The slip and fall accident is one of the leading causes of injury during the winter months because of slick ice that can quickly accumulate on walkways. Some estimates show there can be as many as 25,000 people who become slip and fall accident victims per day.

You may be wondering, “What can be done to prevent a slip and fall accident during snow, ice, and sleet storms?” Shoveling walkways is an effective way to clear the slick buildup that can accumulate, but using a de-icing agent can assist in the process as well. NBC 4 Washington News recently released a report documenting which deicers are the best and safest to use.

The Maryland personal injury attorneys at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers would like to remind you that taking precautions cannot prevent every slip and fall accident from occurring. It’s also important for victims of slips, trips, and falls to know that help is available.

If you’ve been injured as the result of a slip and fall accident, speaking with a qualified attorney can help ensure you get the answers you need to your legal questions and concerns. They may also be able to assist you in the process of filing your claim.

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Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers Promote Heart Health in February

by Keith Adkins | February 10th, 2015

Did you know that 1 in 4 deaths in the United States is associated with heart disease? An estimated 720,000 Americans suffer a heart attack each year. Most citizens don’t realize the impact an unhealthy heart can have on our lives and that’s why the month of February has been declared Heart Month.

Many organizations are chipping in to do their part to raise awareness about the importance of living “heart healthy.” Maryland’s branch of the American Heart Association is hosting several upcoming fundraising and awareness events. The 31st Annual Baltimore Heart Ball will take place on Saturday, February 28, at 6:30 P.M. at the Hilton Baltimore. The event will feature food, drink, music, dancing and an auction.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, our Maryland personal injury attorneys are also helping bring attention to the importance of heart health and the American Heart Association through the 10 Days of Love campaign.

During the ten days leading up to Valentine’s Day, we are posting videos of our staff discussing the topic of love to social media outlets, like our Facebook page. Hear some creative proposal stories or opinions on the idea of love at first sight.

We believe living a healthy lifestyle is one of the best ways to prevent serious injuries and having a strong, properly functioning heart is a crucial part of that. That’s why we encourage you to get active and learn more about heart health during the month of February.

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Maryland Bicycle Accident Prompts Calls for Highway Safety Improvements

by Keith Adkins | February 3rd, 2015

As the population around the metro area continues to grow, we are seeing more bicycles on the road. While riding a bike can be an efficient way to travel, it can also be dangerous.

In fact, one cyclist was killed and another was seriously injured as the result of a Maryland bicycle accident. To help address the problem, bicycle safety advocates with Bike Maryland recently met with top Maryland Highway officials to discuss what could be done to improve roadway safety for cyclists in our state.

While signs can be found along highways asking motorists to “Share The Road” with cyclists, bicycle safety advocates say this simply isn’t enough to prevent accidents from occurring.

The Bay Net reports safety advocates say the best ways to improve bicycle safety in Maryland are to expand roads. They are calling for bike lanes and buffer zones to be added to some of the roads that are most used by cyclists. Furthermore, they believe the shoulders of other roads should be widened to allow cyclists to move over for faster moving traffic.

The State Highway Administration responded to the suggestions by saying they are taking bike safety into consideration during all highway design projects.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, we’ve seen the serious injuries that have been caused by bicycle accidents and understand how difficult it can be to overcome these injuries. That’s why our Maryland personal injury lawyers would like to send our sympathies to the families of those who were harmed in the recent Maryland bicycle accident. We are also hopeful the suggestions that were made to state officials will be taken into further consideration in the future.

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Maryland Wrongful Death Lawsuit Challenges Caps on Compensatory Awards

by Keith Adkins | January 27th, 2015

If a person dies as the result of negligence on the part of a government official in Maryland, the family of the victim has a right to seek compensation for their losses from the municipality the defendant is associated with. Caps placed on civil judgments against the government may limit the award though.

Current Maryland legislation dictates that local governments are limited to liability of no more than $200,000 per claim and a total of $500,000 for all claims stemming from an individual case; however, a Maryland wrongful death lawsuit is challenging this particular law.

According to an article from the Washington Post, a 43-year-old Maryland man was shot and killed in an altercation with an off-duty Prince George’s County police officer who was working as a security guard. The officer argued he acted in self-defense, but a jury disagreed and awarded the victim’s family $11.5 million.

The case was appealed though, on the grounds the award violated the Local Government Tort Claims Act. A decision in the case is expected at a later date.

Those in favor of the caps say they are an effective means of preventing local governments from being bankrupted by a single claim. Those opposed to the caps say they are in violation of Maryland’s constitution.

The Maryland personal injury attorneys with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers have seen how difficult it can be to recover physically and financially after the loss of a loved one and that’s why we’re hopeful a decision in this case will bring a sense of closure to the family of the victim.

 

 

 

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