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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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Virginia Lawmakers Consider Easing Penalties, Though Speeding Is a Leading Cause of Accidents

by Keith Adkins | January 21st, 2015

Speeding is a serious problem along the roads and highways surrounding our nation’s capital. In 2013, speed was listed as one of the causes of auto accidents in 339 Virginia crash fatality reports, which is why it’s so surprising the commonwealth is considering changes to the law that would loosen the penalties for speeding violations.

According to an article from ABC 7 News, lawmakers are considering passing a bill that would bump the limit for a misdemeanor reckless driving charge from 80 MPH up to 85 MPH. Those in favor of the change say it’s not fair that individuals caught going a mere 11 MPH over the speed limit on a highway can face harsher penalties to someone who is driving 55 MPH in a 35 MPH zone. The bill’s sponsor, Del. Jeffrey L. Campbell, also states many drivers who plead guilty to such charges don’t understand the severity of the violation.

Those who are against the changes argue that increasing the limit could send the message that speeding is tolerated in Virginia.

The bill will go before a committee hearing prior to being voted upon at a later date.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, we’re aware of the hazards speeding can pose not only to the driver engaging in the behavior, but other motorists on the road as well. That’s why our Virginia personal injury attorneys encourage you to do your part to keep our highways safe by pledging not to speed when driving. Simply promise that you won’t go above the posted speed limit when you’re behind the wheel and encourage others to do the same. Getting all motorists to obey the law is the only way we can reduce accidents, injuries, and deaths on our roadways.

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What’s Protecting You From a D.C. Train Injury?

by Keith Adkins | January 13th, 2015

The Metro is an integral part of how the citizens of Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., commute around the metropolitan area. In recent months though, Metro trains, subways and the new streetcar system have come under heavy public scrutiny due to a large number of accidents involving these vehicles.

On Monday, January 12, tragedy struck when one passenger died and at least 83 passengers required medical treatment at area hospitals after a Metro train was stuck 800 feet into a smoky tunnel near the L’Enfant Plaza Metro platform. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the circumstances of the tragic event. Although the NTSB has not yet set forth the cause of the fire, it is believed that an electrical arcing event occurred in front of the train, filling the tunnel with smoke.

According to The Washington Post, a construction worker first noticed smoke coming from a street vent at 9th and Water streets, SW and called 911 at approximately 3:18 p.m. At 3:22 p.m., Metro told the D.C. Fire Department that there was smoke in the Metro station. By 3:44 p.m., Metro notified firefighters that electricity to the third rail had been shut off and the firefighters could enter the tunnel. According to one passenger’s text, the first fire fighters arrived to the train cars at 3:48 p.m.

According to Metro, its the first passenger death since the 2009 Red Line train derailment in Silver Spring, Maryland, that lead to nine deaths.

With so many accidents occurring and such a large number of metropolitan D.C. residents dependent on these systems as their means of transportation, many wonder what is being done to protect public safety regarding trains.

Those who are injured as the result of a train accident may have a right to seek compensation for their losses, whether they were WMATA employees, first responders, fire fighters, emergency personnel or passengers.

If you’ve been injured in a train accident, it’s important to recognize that help is available and the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. personal injury attorneys at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers are here to assist you. Our legal professionals are standing by to not only answer any questions you may have regarding your case, but we can also walk you through each part of the legal process of securing compensation for your losses. To learn more about what we can do for you, give us a call at (888) 744-7761.

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How Obeying “Move Over” Laws Can Help Prevent a Virginia Car Accident

by Keith Adkins | January 6th, 2015

Emergency responders—like police officers, paramedics, and even tow truck drivers—risk their lives each day along our highways to ensure the safety of others; however, many drivers don’t offer these individuals the same protection by moving over in traffic when they see a stopped emergency vehicle, which can often lead to a deadly Maryland and Virginia car accident.

An article from NBC- Washington News highlights just how common Virginia car accidents caused by a driver’s failure to move over for a stopped emergency vehicle are. The report discussed two recent collisions that were caused by drivers who didn’t adhere to “Move Over” laws—one was fatal and the other resulted in a State Trooper being seriously injured.

There are laws in place in both Virginia and Maryland to prevent these crashes, but reports indicate a large number of motorists are unaware of “Move Over” laws or simply don’t obey them. The regulations require all vehicles to move over a lane in traffic when an emergency vehicle is stopped with its lights activated. If there is no other lane to move into, vehicles should slow down to a speed of 20 miles per hour below the posted speed limit.

At ChasenBoscolo, we recognize the importance of adhering to “Move Over” laws and our Virginia personal injury lawyers ask that all drivers do their part to keep emergency workers safe by changing lanes of traffic and slowing down when they see a stopped emergency vehicle.

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