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A Few Tips to Help Avoid a Washington, D.C., Car Accident During the Labor Day Weekend

by Keith Adkins | September 1st, 2015

The Labor Day weekend is fast approaching and for many residents of the Mid-Atlantic, that means traveling for the long weekend. With more than 740,000 Washington, D.C., citizens planning to hit the roads and highways in the coming days, it’s important to be aware of the elevated risk of motor vehicle collisions an increase in traffic volume can bring.

To help keep you and your loved ones safe during the upcoming holiday weekend, our Washington, D.C., car accident lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers would like to offer you these tips:

  • Plan Ahead- Research the routes you plan to travel. This can help you to avoid congested traffic brought on by accidents, construction, or even weather.
  • Leave Early- Allow yourself plenty of extra time to reach your destination.
  • Buckle Up- Wearing a seatbelt or placing children in a car seat will help to reduce your chances of injury or death if you’re involved in a crash.
  • Don’t Drink and Drive- Never get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol or certain medications. Instead, use a designated driver or cab to get home safely. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s SaferRide App can help you get in touch with someone to give you a ride if you’re out and have had too much to drink.
  • Obey the Law- This means obeying traffic signals, avoiding distractions while behind the wheel and no speeding.

Helping to protect the safety of motorists on the road is a priority for our Washington, D.C., personal injury attorneys at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers and we’re hopeful these tips help you to have fun and safe Labor Day travels.

 

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As School Begins, Many Work to Reduce Maryland Pedestrian Accident Totals

by Keith Adkins | August 27th, 2015

School is back in session across the Mid-Atlantic, and that means children will be walking, biking, and riding to institutions of learning in their neighborhoods. Our Maryland pedestrian accident lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers point out that with a higher volume of foot traffic around schools comes an increased risk of collisions between cars and pedestrians.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2013, a total of 3 children were killed and another 470 were injured every day as the result of a traffic crash. That same year, 236 children were killed as the result of being struck by a vehicle.

These startling statistics have prompted many citizens and organizations in our area to work towards preventing pedestrian accidents, as the school year gets under way.

The Capital Gazette released an article about how the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has launched the “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign in order to raise the public’s awareness about the importance of remaining vigilant when walking to school or driving in and near school zones. The article also featured several motorist safety tips that highlighted ways you can reduce the chances of being involved in a Maryland pedestrian accident.

Our legal staff at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers believes in the importance of protecting pedestrian safety and rights. That’s why our team of Maryland personal injury lawyers is hopeful the efforts being made to prevent motor vehicle collisions involving young children traveling to or leaving school are effective.

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“Route 29 Batman” Killed in Maryland Auto Accident

by Keith Adkins | August 19th, 2015

As children, we grow up thinking that super heroes are invincible. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. This past weekend, the man that was known as the “Route 29 Batman” died as the result of a traffic accident that occurred along Interstate 70 outside of Hagerstown, Maryland.

The 51-year-old “Batman” was a businessman by day, but took on The Dark Knight’s persona as a way to bring smiles to children who were hospitalized with serious illnesses. He gained national attention in 2012 when a video of him being stopped by Maryland Highway Patrol in a black Lamborghini customized to look like the Batmobile went viral.

That same vehicle was the one found to be responsible for the hero’s death on August 16. An article from USA Today explains the car began to have trouble on Sunday evening, prompting the victim to pull over on the shoulder of the road to inspect the engine. The vehicle was still partially in the left lane of the road when a passing Toyota Camry struck it from behind. The impact of the collision caused the Lamborghini to jolt forward, striking and killing the victim.

This was a tragic and preventable accident, which is why our Maryland auto accident lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers would like to send our deepest and most sincere condolences to the family of a man who touched so many lives. We would also like to offer these tips on how to stay safe if your car breaks down on the side of the road:

  • Pull Over to Safety- If you can make it off the main roadway to an area like a parking lot, do so. If you cannot drive any further, be sure to pull off the roadway entirely. Also, try not to stop on a curve or hill that could prevent other motorists from seeing you.
  • Make Yourself Visible- Once stopped, turn on your emergency flashers so others can recognize your stopped vehicle.
  • Stay in the Car or Truck- Many people are killed each year when they are struck by another automobile while near a stranded vehicle.
  • Call for Assistance- Rather than evaluate your vehicle’s issue on the side of the road, call a mechanic or tow truck to have it taken somewhere the problem can be examined safely.

At ChasenBoscolo, we know how quickly lives can be altered by a serious accident. Our deepest condolences go out to the family of the victim.

 

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Maryland State Legislators Pass Regulations on Recreational Water Jetpacks

by Keith Adkins | August 14th, 2015

A new phenomenon has hit the beaches of Maryland this summer and it’s called a jetpack. It works by vacuuming water into a set of jets, which can lift an individual out of the water and into the air.

While hovering above the water may sound like a blast, it can also present a serious risk of injury. That’s why state legislators in Maryland have created several new regulations for jetpack use that are aimed at keeping this new activity safe. NBC 4 Washington News reports this makes Maryland the first state in the Mid-Atlantic coast to adopt such rules.

In order to prevent collisions with objects and buildings in and near the water, policy requires all jetpack users to stay 100 feet away from bridges, buildings, shores, and structures. Also, in order to reduce the chances of a jetpack user suffering a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury, you may not intentionally or forcibly drop into the water once in the air on a jetpack. Most importantly though, all jetpack users are required to wear a helmet.

Local ordinances in Deep Creek Lake restrict where and what time of day jetpacks can be used.

Keeping the public safe on the water should be a top priority in our state, which is why our Maryland personal injury attorneys at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers are hopeful these new rules can help prevent accidents on our state’s waterways.

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Mineral Linked to Mesothelioma Found in D.C. Railcars

by Keith Adkins | August 5th, 2015

The Risks of Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is used in many items, structures, and products we are exposed to each day because of its insulating and fire-retardant properties. Unfortunately, exposure to asbestos fibers in these products can lead to the development of a deadly form of cancer known as mesothelioma.

Asbestos Found in Washington, D.C., Railcars

To help protect Washington, D.C.’s citizens from the dangers of cancer and other adverse health effects caused by asbestos exposure, an environmental group is calling for all of Metro’s railway cars to be inspected for the substance.

According to NBC 4 Washington News, the nonprofit organization Environmental Working Group sent a letter to the Metro Transit Agency on Monday, August 3, asking that an agency conduct a car-by-car inspection to ensure workers and citizens aren’t being exposed to asbestos. The request comes after reports were released last week that showed trace amounts of the mineral in the cars.

Metro has not, and does not, conduct such testing in the rail cars. Despite this fact, officials responded to the discovery of asbestos by releasing a memo to employees that stated they were at no risk.

Eliminating the Dangers of Asbestos and Mesothelioma

The long-term health effects of asbestos exposure have been proven by science. This is why our Washington, D.C., personal injury attorneys at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers are hopeful the city takes appropriate action to ensure the safety of all citizens who use our city’s railway system as a means of transportation.

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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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