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Are Your Blinds Putting Your Child’s Safety at Risk?

by Keith Adkins | November 18th, 2014

The companies who manufacture and distribute the goods and services we use each day are required to ensure those products are safe for the public to use. If a company fails to meet these standards, their items may be declared a defective product, resulting in safety warnings being issued and possibly a costly recall.

One consumer item currently facing scrutiny from the public is window blinds—more specifically the cords that raise and lower window blinds and shades. This is due to the fact it’s estimated one child dies per month as a result of becoming entangled in these cords and choking.

According to NBC Washington News, seven consumer groups petitioned the Consumer Product Safety Commission last year in an effort to have the agency address this particular danger. The CPSC has responded by creating two new rules the manufacturers of window blinds must follow. They include:

  • The elimination of pull cords that create a loop where a child’s head and neck can become entangled.
  • Creating a way to ensure tension devices in continuous loop cords are installed in a way that prevents the blind form working if not put together correctly.

Ralph Vasami, the executive director of the Window Covering Manufacturers Associations responded to the initiative by claiming the current rules provide consumers with enough protection.

At ChasenBoscolo, we recognize how devastating an injury or the loss of a loved one due to a defective product can be. That’s why our D.C. personal injury lawyers are here to help if an item that did not function properly has harmed you. Call us today at (888) 744-7761 to discuss your rights with our legal team.

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Tips to Avoid an Auto Accident Injury and Other Traffic Issues Related to the Concert for Valor

by Keith Adkins | November 11th, 2014

Today is Veterans Day and in honor of all of the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our nation, a very special concert is taking place in Washington, D.C. But with such a large event, there can be many issues with traffic and transportation. This could result in someone suffering a serious auto accident injury.

The Concert for Valor is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of attendees, so expect delays regardless of what form of transportation you choose. An article from NBC Washington gave some great insight into what changes citizens can expect to public transportation routes and schedules, as well as a list of road closings.

Reports show some Metrorail stations will remain open past midnight to service concert-goers. It may also be wise to check your routes when traveling downtown to ensure they don’t include a closed road.

The D.C. car accident lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers would also like to remind motorists of several other ways they can help prevent accidents and injuries due to concert traffic, including:

  • Buckle Up- Wearing a seat belt is the best way to protect yourself in the event of an accident.
  • Slow Down- Traveling at slower speeds will give you more time to evaluate traffic and obstacles in the road. It will also give you more time to stop in the event of an accident.
  • Pay Attention- With so many people and moving vehicles concentrated in a single area, it will be important to remain vigilant of your surroundings at all times. 
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Officials Hope New Cameras Will Reduce D.C. Car Accidents Caused By Speeding and Traffic Infractions

by Keith Adkins | November 4th, 2014

The Risks of Speeding

Speed is one of the leading causes of fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States today. In fact, data indicates speeding contributes to as many as 1 in 3 motor vehicle deaths.

What Is Being Done to Reduce D.C. Car Accidents Caused By Speed?

To help reduce the number of D.C. car accidents that are caused by speeding, the District will begin using new traffic cameras to ticket motorists who don’t obey the law. Reports indicate the cameras will be installed at problematic intersections throughout the city.

During the first 30 days the cameras are in use, drivers who are caught breaking the law will be issued a warning ticket. After that, motorists will be issued moving violations for their infractions.

A list of locations where the new cameras are being installed can be found in an article published by the Washington Post.

Why You Shouldn’t Speed While Driving

Besides the risk of a costly ticket, here are three reasons you should slow down while driving:

  • More Time to React- If a crash occurs in front of you or an obstacle is in the road, each millisecond you have to break could be the difference between crashing and avoiding an accident. Slowing down gives you extra time to stop if required.
  • Less Impact- When traveling at lower speeds, the damage that is done in the event of an accident will be less than if the vehicle is traveling at a high rate of speed.
  • Reduced Chances of Injury or Death- The odds of being harmed in an accident correlate directly to the speed of a vehicle in an accident. The faster you’re going, the more likely you are to be hurt.

Doing Your Part to Combat Speeding in D.C.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, we recognize the devastating results speeding can have. That’s why our team of D.C. personal injury lawyers encourages you to pledge to obey the posted speed limits at all times while driving.

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Virginia Bans Guardrails Manufactured by Trinity Industries Due to Car Accident Safety Concerns

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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ChasenBoscolo Kicks Off Pumpkins for a Cure Campaign

by Keith Adkins | October 23rd, 2014

 

Pumpkins for a Cure, ChasenBoscolo

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.

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Council Considers Reforms That Offer More Protections to Victims of D.C. Bicycle Accidents

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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Who Is Most at Risk of Suffering From a Workplace Accident?

by Keith Adkins | 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 accidentsmore 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.

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D.C. Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Discuss Issues Injured Workers Face at Roundtable Event

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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Common Maryland Construction Accidents: Slip and Fall

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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What You Need to Know to Protect Yourself From a Washington, D.C., Bicycle Accident

by Keith Adkins | 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.

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