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Washington, D.C., Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Child Safety Seats

by Keith Adkins | April 14th, 2015

Anyone who is involved in a motor vehicle collision is at risk of being seriously injured or killed, but there is one demographic of passengers who are put in an especially dangerous position in a crash, and that’s children. In fact, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that 148,000 children were injured and another 650 died as the result of car accidents in 2011, making motor vehicle collisions the most common cause of accidental death in children.

The Washington, D.C., car accident lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers explain the reason so many children are injured or killed each year in crashes is that the restraint systems that vehicles come equipped with are designed to protect large-framed adults, not children. That’s why it’s important to have a child safety or booster seat for each young person in your vehicle and to ensure it’s installed correctly.

One way to make sure your child’s seat is installed correctly is to go to one of the many free inspection sites that can be found around Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland. A report released by NBC 4 Washington provided details as to where and when you can have your child’s seat looked at by a professional.

At ChasenBoscolo, we’ve seen the devastating results a car accident injury can have on a child. That’s why our Washington, D.C., personal injury attorneys encourage all parents and guardians to have your vehicle’s child safety seats inspected as soon as possible.

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Arrive Alive Campaign Launches in Virginia With Goal of Reducing Car Accidents Involving Teens

by Keith Adkins | April 7th, 2015

Spring is a wonderful time to be a teenager in Virginia. There are proms to attend, beach trips to take, Spring Break to enjoy, and of course, graduation. But each of these activities puts teens at an increased risk of involvement in a car accident. In fact, data has repeatedly shown that the months between May and September notoriously see a higher number of collisions involving teens as compared to months with colder weather.

To help reduce teenage Virginia car accident totals this year, the state is sponsoring a campaign that aims to raise awareness about vehicle safety among our youth. The Arrive Alive campaign kicked off this week with the support of Youth of Virginia Speak Out About Traffic Safety (YOVASO) and will run until May 8.

During that time, both high school and middle school students will receive information about the dangers young people face behind the wheel of a vehicle each day, including distractions and drinking and driving. Awareness will also be brought to the importance of buckling up, as well as the prevention of bicycle and pedestrian accidents.

This is the first year the campaign has focused on middle school students. Casey Palmer, the program development coordinator for YOVASO, says the hope is to get children thinking about traffic safety long before they receive their license or permit.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, we understand the importance of highway safety—especially among young people. That’s why our Virginia personal injury lawyers are hopeful the campaign is successful in reducing motor vehicle accidents involving teens.

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Maryland Workers’ Compensation Benefits Rates Often Higher Than National Average

by Keith Adkins | March 31st, 2015

Most citizens of the United States who work are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they are injured on the job; however, the laws that regulate these benefits are often made by the state in which you work, which means you may receive a different amount in compensation for the same injury, depending on where you’re employed.

A new study suggests that Maryland workers’ compensation benefits rates may be higher than most other states. In fact, researchers found injured Maryland workers could receive as much as 93 percent more money for an accident than workers in other parts of the country who suffer the same injury.

A new database of information provided by ProPublica shows that for the loss of an arm, the average American worker would receive $169,878 in compensation; however, a worker who loses an arm in our state receives an average of $301,600 in Maryland workers’ compensation benefits. Similar results were found for foot injuries. The national average compensation rate for such an accident is $91,779, but in Maryland, the average payment rate is $251,802.

Despite a higher rate of compensation, many injured Maryland workers still struggle to make ends meet because it can take weeks, even months, for claims to be processed. Furthermore, it’s important to remember that the amount of compensation you can receive is affected by a host of factors, including your salary before you were injured. Injured workers also receive less than their normal salary through Maryland workers’ compensation benefits.

These are just a few reasons why you should consider seeking legal representation if you’ve been injured on the job. At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, our Maryland personal injury attorneys can not only answer all of your questions regarding the legal processes surrounding your claim, but we can also walk you through each step of filing for compensation. You can speak with us anytime by calling (888) 744-7761.

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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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