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Maryland’s Route 1 Made Safer for Pedestrians

by Keith Adkins | November 24th, 2015

Walking is a primary means of transportation for a large number of Maryland residents. However, many roads and highways in the state aren’t designed with pedestrian safety in mind. The Maryland pedestrian accident lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers were excited to learn officials would be looking into what could be done to make one Hyattsville highway friendlier for those traveling by foot.

ABC 7 News reports that on Monday, November 23, members of the Maryland Highway Administration walked along Route 1 with local and state government officials. The group examined what could be done to make the roadway safer after multiple accidents have caused injuries and left properties damaged.

One option that has already been exercised is reducing speed limits. Vehicles are now only allowed to travel at a rate of 25 mph along the stretch of road in Hyattsville and new signs have been added displaying the speed limit in the area. Some residents are also encouraging the use of speed cameras in order to improve safety. The method was effective in reducing accidents at an intersection near the state university after several injuries occurred there as the result of a Maryland pedestrian accident.

Protecting the safety and rights of all travelers is just one of our missions at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers. That’s why the Maryland personal injury attorneys would like to applaud the efforts being made to make Route 1 safer and we’re hopeful the plan that’s developed is effective in reducing accidents.


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Using Birth Control Medications Can Be Risky

by Keith Adkins | November 17th, 2015

The Prevalence of Birth Control Injuries

Birth control medications can be an effective way for women to prevent pregnancy, but use of certain types of these drugs can also present a serious risk. Statistics show that each year, the health and well being of thousands of women is affected by the use of birth control pills. A majority of these instances stem from side effects associated with the drug or manufacturing errors.

Birth Control Side Effects

Taking certain birth control medications has been linked to serious health risks. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued warnings to consumers of the medication, Yaz®, stating the medication can cause cardiovascular complications and other health risks. These Yaz® birth control dangers can include blood clots, heart attacks, strokes and gallbladder disease.

Packaging Errors

Mistakes in the manufacturing of birth control medications can also put users in harm’s way. An article from Live Science explains hundreds of women have filed lawsuits against makers of birth control drugs they were using after a packing error led to pregnancy. Evidence shows the packages of pills contained a number of “active” and “inactive” tablets that had been placed in a specific order for the user to take. When the packets of tablets were packaged wrongly, some users took “inactive” pills when they were supposed to be using “active” pills and became pregnant.

How An Attorney Can Help

If your birth control medication has adversely affected you, you may have a right to compensation. The legal staff at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers believes it’s important to remember that the process of seeking such damages can be complicated and seeking the counsel of a qualified drug injury lawyer can be beneficial. Speaking with a legal representative can help answer any questions you may have and can offer you guidance through each step of the civil process.


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Pickup Truck and Van Collide in Prince George’s County

by Keith Adkins | November 10th, 2015

The community of Prince George’s County is still reeling after a collision between a pickup truck and a church van claimed the lives of four people and left more than a dozen others with serious auto accident injuries. Officials say the crash happened at approximately 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 8, along Kenilworth Avenue.

The van was carrying 16 members of a church congregation to services after picking them up near the corner of Georgia and Missouri avenues. A pickup truck that was fleeing the scene of a previous crash crossed the double yellow lines of the road and collided with the van, causing the wreckage of both vehicles to catch fire.

Those who were injured in the crash were transported to local medical facilities to be treated for a variety of injuries, including lacerations and burns.

According to reports from The Washington Post, officials are continuing to investigate what factors may have contributed to causing the accident, injuries and fatalities, including whether or not alcohol played a role and if the passengers in the vehicles were properly restrained.

An analysis conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that between 1990 and 2002, there were a total of 1,576 passenger vans involved in fatal crashes. Roughly 58 percent of those accidents were the result of a van colliding with another vehicle.

The team of Maryland car accident lawyers at ChasenBoscolo would like to express our most sincere thoughts and prayers to those who were injured and the loved ones who were lost in this tragic accident.

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Maryland Nursing Home Abuse Investigation Focuses on Negligence

by Keith Adkins | November 3rd, 2015

The National Center on Elder Abuse estimates that this year, caregivers will intentionally harm 1-in-10 U.S. citizens age 65 or older. Yet many of these victims will never be hit or even verbally assaulted. The Maryland nursing home abuse lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers explain that’s because neglecting patients is one of the most common types of nursing home abuse today.

The case of an 80-year-old patient with dementia who died after wandering away from a picnic in a Upper Marlboro, Maryland, nursing home illustrates the damage that negligent care can cause.

Reports from WUSA 9 News say the victim attended the picnic at Watkins Regional Park in September. Caregivers from the Woodmore House were aware of the patient’s condition and his need for constant supervision, but the staff left the patient alone for ten minutes—enough time for him to walk away and become lost. His body was found in October in a nearby park.

An investigation into the incident found the patient’s caregivers had not only deviated from the care plan, they also failed to immediately report the missing patient to the Maryland Office of Health Care Quality. Investigators found Woodmore House staff contacted the agency regarding the incident three days after it occurred.

The team at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers understand how devastating the loss of a loved one to negligent care can be, and we would like to send our condolences to the family of the victim. Our legal staff would also like to help prevent future neglect by offering some tips on what to do if you suspect nursing home abuse is happening.



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D.C. Residents Must Clear Sidewalks to Avoid Slip and Fall Accidents and Fines

by Keith Adkins | October 27th, 2015

The weather is beginning to cool along the East Coast, and snow and ice will soon be coming down as the chill settles in. When these storms happen, the accumulation of frozen precipitation along city streets and sidewalks can present serious safety hazards.

Thousands of citizens are injured each year as the result of icy conditions on roads, sidewalks and parking lots. In Washington, D.C., the Department of Public Works is responsible for clearing roadways. But the slip and fall injury lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers explain that homeowners must shovel snow and ice from sidewalks in front of and around their homes.

Now, homeowners may be facing penalties if they fail to adhere to regulations regarding the clearing of sidewalks after winter storms. According to NBC Washington News, residents of Washington, D.C., will face fines of $25 if they fail to clear snow or ice from a sidewalk after a storm. Businesses will receive a $150 citation if they fail to comply. Officials say they hope enforcing these rules will improve mobility for the elderly and disabled during the winter months.

Lawmakers say exceptions will be made for the elderly and disabled. Citizens seeking exemption status should register with the district to avoid fines.

Protecting the safety of all citizens is a top priority for the legal staff at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, which is why our pedestrian accident lawyers would like to applaud the efforts being made to reduce slip and fall accidents in our city during the winter months.

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Maryland Truck Accident Survivor Voices Opposition to Provisions In Federal Highway Spending Bill

by Keith Adkins | October 20th, 2015

Congress will soon vote whether or not to approve a federal highway spending bill that will allow larger, more dangerous commercial tractor-trailers to operate on our roads. Many citizens are against the changes, and the Maryland truck accident lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers point out that several families of truck accident victims and survivors of truck crashes recently gathered to voice opposition.

According to NBC Washington News, one of those victims was a Maryland woman whose vehicle plunged 20 feet off the bay bridge in July 2013 after being rear-ended by a big rig. She partnered with the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety to call for provisions allowing longer, larger tractor-trailers on the road to be removed. The group has vowed to voice their concerns to President Obama if these new trucking provisions get through Congress.

The American Trucking Association stands behind the bill, saying the new provisions will not have an effect on trucking safety in the U.S.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, our Maryland personal injury attorneys encourage you learn more about your legal rights and how they can be applied to a truck accident by visiting our website.


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Maryland Construction Accident Lawyers Talk About Trench Collapses

by Keith Adkins | October 13th, 2015

Excavation is an essential part of construction, but it can also be extremely dangerous. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that 271 workers died between 2000-2006 from trench collapses and cave-ins.

The Maryland construction accident lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers explain that recently a Columbia, Maryland, construction worker was injured on the job as the result of a trench collapse. The incident occurred at around 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 10.

NBC 4 Washington News reports the worker was digging a trench for a waterline at a construction site located on Barchink Place when the walls of the hole suddenly collapsed. The worker was trapped beneath dirt piled up to his chest and emergency crews were called to the scene to free the victim. The worker was then taken to a local hospital for treatment.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, we want to help construction workers stay safe on the job. That’s why we suggest these tips for working near trenches or ditches:

  • Plan Ahead- Before digging, have local utility companies come out to measure and mark where service lines are located.
  • Use Protective Systems- When digging trenches; make sure the walls of the hole are properly supported.
  • Remove Dangerous Surroundings- Make sure all ladders, scaffolding and other equipment are away from the edge of a trench.
  • Be Aware- Do not enter an unprotected ditch. Furthermore, exit any trench that shows signs of a collapse, such as accumulating water.

Our Maryland personal injury lawyers hope these tips help to keep you and your loved ones safe on a construction site.

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Officials Increase Speed Limits in Hopes of Preventing Maryland Car Accidents

by Keith Adkins | October 6th, 2015

It’s a well-known fact that speed is a major contributing factor in many car and truck accidents. Estimates from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show as many as one-third of fatal crashes list speed as a cause.

Despite these findings, the state of Maryland is currently raising the speed limits on one of its major interstates. Officials claim raising the speed limit along the highway may actually reduce the chances of motorists being involved in Maryland car accidents.

According to The Washington Post, the State Highway Administration (SHA) is boosting the speed limit along Interstate 68 between the West Virginia border and the city of Hancock in Washington County to 70 mph. Officials say the move is being made because of increases in traffic volume, as well as shifts in driver behavior.

SHA engineers theorize that raising the speed limit on I-68 will reduce aggressive driving and lower the speed differentials between vehicles, thus reducing crashes.

With these new speed limits going into effect on Oct 1, the Maryland personal injury attorneys at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers are anxious to see the impact on accident rates along this particular stretch of road. We would also like to remind Maryland’s motorists that not all accidents can be avoided. Follow these steps to follow after an auto accident to help protect your health and potential rights to compensation.

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What You Need to Know About the VW Emissions Scandal

by Keith Adkins | October 1st, 2015

An investigation into the efficiency of the emissions systems on certain makes and models of Volkswagen (VW) vehicles has concluded the company manipulated lab test data using a piece of software. The motive? To show the vehicles had lower emission levels than they were actually putting out. Now, our defective product lawyers at ChasenBoscolo take a look at what led to the discovery of the misconduct, as well as what the future may hold for VW.

Defeat Devices

More than 11 million Volkswagen and Audi diesel vehicles worldwide have been equipped with what’s known as a “defeat device.” This small computer chip allows vehicles to cheat emissions tests by showing lower levels of nitrogen oxide are being expelled from the engine of the car or truck.

How Was the Problem Discovered?

Two researchers hoped to prove that diesel engines could be a clean alternative to gasoline powered cars, so they drove several different VW vehicles from San Diego to Seattle, measuring emission levels the entire way; however, when the pair examined the data they had collected, they found the vehicles had expelled more nitrogen oxide than VW advertised. In fact, the emissions were as much as 40 times greater than the legal limit.

Is My Car Affected?

As many as 482,000 American vehicles have been recalled in the wake of the VW emissions scandal. The vehicles include VW Jettas, Golfs, Passats, Beetles, and Audi A3s made between 2009 and 2015.

What Should I Do If My Car Is Part of the Recall?

Volkswagen has accepted responsibility for the faulty emissions systems and will be repairing all affected vehicles free of charge; however, you could face long-term costs.

VW Emission Scandal Lawsuits

More than two-dozen lawsuits have already been filed against VW, with owners claiming they suffered losses caused by declining vehicle values. Some plaintiffs also allege they paid higher prices for supposedly cleaner-running, environmentally friendly makes and models. According to The Wall Street Journal, attorneys are hoping to consolidate the cases soon.

Finding Resolution

Filing civil litigation in a defective product case like this can be a step toward finding closure to losses you may have suffered as the result of a company or individual’s negligence. Our personal injury lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers are hopeful a decision in the VW emissions scandal case brings a sense of resolution to those who have been affected by this particular case of corporate misconduct.

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Elderly Patients Are More Likely to Suffer Serious Consequences From Spinal Cord Injuries

by Staff | September 25th, 2015

Up to 34 people will suffer a serious spinal cord injury every day according to estimates from the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center. When it comes to spinal cord injuries, the sooner they can be diagnosed and treated, the better the chances a patient will fully recover. Given that time is such an important factor in the treatment of these injuries, it is concerning that many elderly victims of spinal cord injuries may be waiting a long time to receive the care they need due to the negligence of caregivers.

In September 2015, a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal examined 1,440 patients who suffered a spinal cord injury. The Hamilton Spectator reports the results of that study show an increased rate in the number of senior patients who die in hospitals after suffering a spinal cord injury. This is particularly concerning because older patients tended to have less severe spinal cord injuries than the younger patients examined in the study.

The researches who wrote the study say there are several factors that could be causing the increased rate of death after these injuries, such as a patient’s reluctance to undergo treatments necessary to heal the injury. However, the negligence of caregivers could also be a factor, as doctors and medical staff may tend to prioritize the treatment of younger patients over elderly patients who may have several complications and shorter life expectancy due to their age.

Everyone has a right to quality, informed, responsible medical care, no matter their age or type of injury. Our Virginia personal injury attorneys at ChasenBoscolo are here to help if you or your loved one suffered a spinal cord injury, especially if you believe you did not receive the care and attention your injury deserved. Learn more about how we can help by visiting our website.

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