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Defective Takata Airbags Cause Largest Automotive Recall in U.S. History

by Staff | May 20th, 2015

On Tuesday, May 19, Takata doubled its recall of defective airbags in the United States. The increased recall covers nearly 34 million vehicles, affecting roughly 1 in 7 cars in the U.S.

It is the largest automotive recall in U.S. history.

A defect in the airbags can cause them to explode during an accident and shoot metal shrapnel inside the car. The airbags are linked to six deaths and more than 100 injuries.

What cars are affected by the Takata recall?

It can be difficult to tell if the airbag in your car is recalled, but your vehicle identification number (VIN) can help. You can enter your car’s VIN here to see if your car is affected by any recalls.

It’s important to check your VIN periodically over the next few months. Automakers are still working on providing complete lists of vehicles with defective airbags, and your VIN might not show up in the database for several weeks.

Before it was expanded, the recall affected cars made by BMW, Chrysler, Ford, GM, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota. The new, expanded recall may affect even more.

What should you do if you have a defective airbag?

Contact the manufacturer of your car. Most vehicle manufacturers have pages on their websites where you can check if your vehicle is affected and contact them for a free replacement of the defective parts. You can also call your vehicle manufacturer’s customer service number and give them your VIN.

What is a VIN and how do I find it?

VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number. It is a 17-digit code assigned to every vehicle in the United States since 1981. Your car’s VIN is unique.

To find your VIN, look in one of several locations in your car. The location of the VIN can be different on different makes and models. The DMV offers this guide on where to look for your VIN.

Once you have your VIN, write it down and keep it someplace safe. It can be valuable information in the event of an accident or recall.

What should I do if I was in an accident with a defective airbag?

Call us. Even if you don’t know the VIN or no longer have the car, our defective airbag attorneys can investigate your accident to determine if your car had a Takata airbag. If you were injured by a defective airbag, you may be eligible for compensation.

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Washington, D.C. Motorcycle Accident Lawyers Talk Safety Prior To The Rolling Thunder Ride To Freedom

by Keith Adkins | May 19th, 2015

On Sunday, May 24, a motorcycle rally called Rolling Thunder Ride to Freedom will take place in the Washington, D.C., metro area. The event will kick off at the Pentagon at 7 A.M. before crossing the Memorial Bridge for a ride around the National Mall.

Hundreds of thousands of motorcyclists are expected to turn out for the event. With so many bikes on the road, it will be important for participants and other motorists in the area to keep safety a top priority when traveling.

That’s why the Washington, D.C. motorcycle accident lawyers with ChasenBoscolo would like to offer these tips to help keep bikers and drivers alike safe from harm:

  • Know the Route- Certain roads around the rally’s route will be closed to traffic. NBC Washington has provided as list of the roadways that will be shut down from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Use Safety Equipment- Motorcyclists should remember to wear a helmet and eye protection anytime they are on a bike that is in motion. Drivers and passengers of cars or trucks need to remember to buckle up their seat belts as well.
  • Drive Defensively- All motorists need to assume others on the road can’t see them and maneuver their vehicle accordingly. This means looking twice in all directions before entering an intersection or changing lanes while driving.

At ChasenBoscolo, our team of Washington, D.C., personal injury lawyers hopes these tips help you have a safe and fun weekend in the greater metro area!

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Amtrak Train 188 from Washington, D.C., Derails in Philadelphia

by chb | May 13th, 2015

According to philly.com, Amtrak Train 188 jumped the tracks on a curve in Northeast Philadelphia just before 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12. All seven of the train’s cars derailed. The train was headed from Washington, D.C., to New York City with 238 passengers and five crew members aboard.

Eight deaths have been confirmed and officials believe the toll will rise as the search for more bodies continues. More than 200 people were taken to Philadelphia-area hospitals for injuries related to the derailment and eight victims remain in critical condition. The engineer and conductor of the train survived.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) reports that the train was moving at 102 mph when it left the tracks—more than double the speed limit for a curve where several rail lines merge together.

NTSB Board member Robert Sumwalt stated that the agency would be focusing its investigation on a variety of factors that may have contributed to the crash, including the train’s speed, the condition of the track, potential mechanical defects and the actions of crew members leading up to the incident.

Data from the Federal Railroad Administration and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics shows that 213 passengers have died in train-related incidents in the United States since 1990. This incident, however, is the deadliest crash on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor since 1987, when 16 people were killed in a Baltimore train collision.

At ChasenBoscolo, we send our heartfelt sympathies to the loved ones of passengers killed in the Amtrak Train 188 derailment, and our team wishes a fast and full recovery to everyone injured in this tragic event.

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Maryland Construction Accident Lawyers Discuss Dangers of Workplace Exposure to Carbon Monoxide

by Keith Adkins | May 12th, 2015

There are plenty of hazards on a construction site. Heavy equipment, tools, and working in high areas each present their own set of risks; however, it may be the hazards workers can’t see, such as deadly toxins, that present the greatest danger.

Carbon monoxide is one such toxin that can find its way onto a construction site through several different means. Machinery and other equipment can emit carbon monoxide, which can cause brain damage and render unconscious anyone exposed to high concentrations of the gas. Continued exposure could lead to death.

Our Maryland construction accident attorneys at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers say the risks carbon monoxide can pose on a construction site were underscored when 11 workers at a Rockville construction site were hospitalized after being exposed to the gas.

Reports from NBC 4 Washington News say the incident occurred on Monday, May 11, at a building that was being renovated on Southlawn Lane. Officials did not release information regarding the source of the carbon monoxide, but did say eight workers were taken to University of Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center for treatment. Three others were taken to local facilities for care.

At ChasenBoscolo, we’ve seen the damage exposure to toxins in the workplace can have on victims. That’s why our Maryland personal injury lawyers would like to help construction workers in our area avoid exposure to deadly levels of carbon monoxide by offering these tips:

  • Use electric-powered equipment- Carbon monoxide is created through the burning of fuels such as gas, propane, and diesel. Eliminating these fuel types on the job can help limit exposure to the deadly gas.
  • Work in well-ventilated areas- If fuel-burning equipment must be used, be sure to use the machinery where there is a strong flow of fresh air.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors- Putting a unit on the wall that will sound an alarm if carbon monoxide levels become too high could save lives.
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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo Responsibly in Washington, D.C.

by Keith Adkins | May 5th, 2015

Today, many in the metro area will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo and our Washington, D.C., personal injury lawyers would like to let you know about a few events you should consider attending if you’re looking for festivities to celebrate the holiday.

Tequila is rooted deeply in Latin American culture and so Fuego Cocina y Tequileria will be holding a tequila tasting throughout the afternoon. Patrons of the restaurant located at 2800 Clarendon Boulevard can expect to taste a selection of several different tequilas and will then be asked to vote for their favorite. The winning tequila will be used to make the restaurant’s house margarita for the remainder of the year.

Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken, located at 1308 G Street NW, is getting into the spirit of Cinco de Mayo as well by offering margarita-glazed doughnuts throughout the day for $2.95 a piece. Restaurants Fishnet and Fish Taco will also be offering food and drink specials throughout the day.

Cinco de Mayo is one of the larger “drinking” holidays throughout the year, meaning people who celebrate the day are likely to do so by imbibing alcohol. Our attorneys would like to remind readers that drunk driving is one of the most common causes of auto accidents in our area. That’s why we encourage you to avoid driving if you plan to consume alcohol to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Instead, consider using a free ride service like SoberRide.

An article from NBC 4 Washington says the service will be provided to residents of the D.C. metro area from 4 p.m. Tuesday evening until 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. SoberRide will cover the first $30 of your cab fare, while you will be responsible for covering the remainder.

We hope these tips help you to have a fun and safe Cinco de Mayo!

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Lawmakers Reject Push by Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission to Restrict Medication

by Keith Adkins | April 28th, 2015

When a Maryland worker is injured on the job, they may need access to certain medications in order to receive proper treatment to recover. Some doctors in our state are capable of dispensing these medications to patients during a visit, but the practice has come under scrutiny in recent years. The Maryland workers’ compensation attorneys with ChasenBoscolo explain that state lawmakers have announced no changes will be made to the current policy for at least the next two years.

In 2011, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission stated it wished to create policies that would place heavier restrictions on how doctors dispense medications to patients. The stated goal was to reduce the amount of compensation medical professionals are paid for prescribing and dispensing certain drugs. Doctors argued that placing such restrictions on them would ultimately result in their inability to distribute medications because the revenue they receive for prescribing the drug would be less than the purchase price.

According to The Daily Record, this push for regulation and several other proposed changes were rejected by lawmakers. Now, the credibility of the initial data that was used to push for the changes has come into question. Lawmakers have stated they are examining the legitimacy of the research.

At ChasenBoscolo, we recognize the complexities of workers’ compensation laws in our state. That’s why our Maryland personal injury lawyers are here to answer any questions you may have if you’ve been injured on the job through no fault of your own. Feel free to give us a call at (888) 744-7761 to get the answers you need if you were hurt at work.

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Potential Fire and Burn Hazards Prompt Recalls of Homelite and Expert Gardener Electric Blowers

by Keith Adkins | April 21st, 2015

Before a company markets and distributes a product to consumers in the United States, they must first test the safety of the item to ensure it functions properly and doesn’t present a health risk; however, sometimes problems go undiscovered until an accident happens. Such an incident can result in the company launching a voluntary recall of the defective product to prevent further injuries and accidents.

Such recalls have recently been initiated in response to several outdoor electric blower vacuums that have had malfunctions reported. Records show that electrical issues could affect more than one million units of product, presenting users with a serious risk of suffering a fire and burn injury.

Roughly 823,000 Homelite electric blower vacuums that were distributed by retailers such as The Home Depot and Direct Tools Factory Outlet have been reported to have electrical issues. The problems can cause the blower to spark, arc, smoke, or burn. An article from NBC 4 News stated there have been as many as 1,300 reports of the units malfunctioning and at least one user reported suffering a minor injury.

Approximately 225,000 units of the Expert Gardener electric blower vacuum were recalled due to a similar malfunction after the Consumer Product Safety Commission received 13 reports of the product faulting out.

Recalls like these leave many citizens wondering what they should do if they are ever in possession of a defective product or if they’re injured as the result of a product malfunction. Our Washingotn, D.C., personal injury lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers suggest victims of defective products take the following steps:

  • Document It- Take video or pictures of the faulty item and any injuries it may have caused. Also, gather your proof of purchase and any other documentation on the product you can find.
  • Report It- Get in touch with the company who made the item and the company that distributed the item. Also, reach out to either the Consumer Product Safety Commission or the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to inform them of the issue.
  • Get a Lawyer- You may have legal rights to compensation and having legal representation by your side is the best way to ensure those rights are protected.

 

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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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