March 4th, 2014
March 4, 2014
Several months ago, a settlement was reached in a lawsuit filed against the National Football League (NFL) by a group of former and current players because of damages they suffered after not being warned of the dangers posed by repeat traumatic brain injuries. This settlement shed a great deal of light on a major problem in sports today, and has not only prompted research and reform to safety policy, but has also sparked a growing number of such Athletic Injury lawsuits being filed.
Take, for instance, the Maryland wrongful death lawsuit that was filed after a Frostburg State University football player allegedly died as the result of repeat traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Court documents state the player sustained a blow to the head that resulted in the player being taken from the field and treated for bleeding. He then returned to the field under the approval of coaching and medical staff, but several days later, he went unconscious on the sidelines of the field and died as a result of repeat TBIs.
Reports from The Republic say the victim’s parents filed suit against the school, its coaching and athletics staff, the NCAA, and the maker of the victim’s helmet, claiming their negligence was directly responsible for the player’s death.
The Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult the loss of a loved one to an athletic injury can be. That’s why the firm is hopeful a decision in the case that was recently filed brings a sense of closure to the incident for the family of the victim.
February 25th, 2014
February 25, 2014
Each year, thousands of Maryland families are affected by the devastating results of residential fires. The Maryland Fire and Burn Injury Lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers explain that one of the best ways to prevent devastating fires in the home is to have smoke detectors installed.
While having these devices placed in the home may seem like a simple solution for many, the costs of purchasing equipment can be too much for some families in the Maryland area. That is why the Price George’s County chapters of the International Association of Firefighters and Paramedics Association have donated 150 smoke detectors to be distributed to needy homes in the region.
An article from the Greenbelt Patch states the units being handed out are new, tamper-proof, 10-year smoke detectors that feature a hush mode. A new law requiring this type of smoke detector on every floor of the home is set to take effect at the end of the year.
In order to receive one of the free units, call the Safety First Smoke Alarm program at 301-864-SAFE or make an online request at the organization’s website. Those who are interested in donating more smoke alarms to the cause can do so by calling the Public Information Office at 301-883-5222.
The Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers are aware of the dangers fires pose and are hopeful the free smoke detectors help save lives!
February 19th, 2014
February 18, 2014
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there were an estimated 364,500 residential building fires in the United States during 2011. Those fires were responsible for 13,900 injuries and claimed 2,450 lives. The Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers point out researchers also showed the rates at which these fires occurred seemed to increase in the winter months.
The risks posed by fires was underscored earlier this morning when a woman suffered a serious Maryland Burn Injury as the result of a fire that broke out in a Glen Burnie, Maryland, apartment complex. Reports indicate the fire was called in just after 4:45 a.m. from the 200 block of Water Fountain Court. Rescue crews transported the woman to a local hospital, where she is expected to make a full recovery. Read More about the incident here.
While the victim will survive this incident, others often aren’t so lucky. This leaves many citizens wondering what they can do to prevent fires in their homes. Several tips include:
- Install Smoke Detectors- Each room in the home should have a unit. It is also vital to check and replace the batteries in each unit every six months.
- Avoid Fire Hazards- Do not overload outlets with plugs, leave candles burning, or leave food cooking unattended.
- Have A Plan- In the event a fire does occur, having a designated escape route from your home could save lives. Develop and practice a plan of escape with your family from every room in the home. Then, designate a meeting location outside of the home.
February 11th, 2014
February 11, 2014
The American Heart Association has declared the month of February American Heart Awareness Month. That is why the Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers would like to discus the risks and symptoms of heart attack in women, especially those who are still considered young.
According to WBALTV 11 News, data indicates that approximately 38,000 women in the United States who are under the age 50 are the victims of heart attack each year. Many women may not realize they are suffering from the event though, because researchers have now discovered the symptoms of a heart attack may be different than the symptoms experienced by men.
Dr. Jonathon Rich, with Mercy Medical Center In Baltimore, stated that while typical symptoms of a heart attack include severe chest pain and shortness of breath, women may experience events that include:
- Jaw Pain
- Nausea or Vomiting
- Discomfort Similar to Indigestion
Dr. Rich added that any woman who experiences such symptoms should consult with their doctor immediately, as it could be a sign of another condition like Heart Disease.
These findings leave many women wondering what they can do to help prevent becoming a victim of a heart attack. ChasenBoscolo and their team of attorneys point out that living a healthy lifestyle that includes eating a balanced diet, regular exercise, and not smoking is the best way to ward off heart-related conditions.
February 4th, 2014
February 4, 2014
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States today, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. In an effort to help combat this problem, the Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers have partnered with the AHA in a campaign to raise awareness of this deadly disease.
As part of the Go Red For Women campaign, citizens are being asked to wear red on February 7, because red is the color that was chosen to symbolize healthy heart awareness. As an added bonus that day, those who post a picture to the law firm’s Facebook page of themselves clad in red will receive a $5 gift certificate to Subway.
The campaign is also encouraging participants to know their risk of heart disease by regularly visiting with their practitioner. They also urge living a healthy lifestyle by eating foods that nourish the body and refraining from smoking or drinking heavily.
The attorneys with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers are proud to be a part of this campaign against heart disease, as well as other organizations and programs that focus on giving back to the community. The firm would encourage those who are interested in our charitable work to regularly visit our Community Involvement page on our website to learn more about what we are doing to help others who are in need.
January 28th, 2014
January 28, 2014
New technology helping make motorists more aware of their surroundings on the road such as Waze, which aims to cut drive times by 10-minutes, is being lauded as a cutting-edge way to make travel more efficient. Some believe though, that while access to the information provided by this technology may improve a driving experience, it may be detrimental to safety because it can lead to Distracted Driving.
A report from the publication, Governing, discussed one user’s experience with Waze and the dangers they felt it could pose to motorists. The individual’s first experience with the smartphone application was as a passenger, where they were impressed by the vast expanse of information that was available to a driver. However, they felt the overwhelming amount of data could also be a distraction when an individual is driving.
The next experience was attempting to use the application while behind the wheel of a vehicle, where the user confirmed the controls of the application forced a driver to pick up the phone and enter data by hand. While this is not a behavior condoned by Waze, according to their directions for use, the application could certainly not achieve its goals if drivers stopped to input data, thus forcing users to drive while distracted by their phone.
The Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers know the dangers distracted driving can pose to motorists and ask that each citizen refrain from using their phones and other electronic devices while driving.
January 21st, 2014
January 21, 2014
Construction workers face numerous on-the-job dangers each day, but the greatest risk they face is transportation accidents. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates these incidents accounted for a total of 41 percent of all workplace fatalities that occurred in 2012.
The Washington, D.C. Construction Accident Lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers explain that more recently though, a 34-year-old construction worker was killed as the result of a transportation accident that occurred last week. Reports indicate the incident happened at approximately 11:20 p.m. this past Wednesday, January 15, along the Suitland Parkway in the southeast section of the District.
According to a story from NBC-Washington News, the victim was performing his job duties on the roadway when a motorist failed to recognize the worker and crashed into him. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials say car accidents in construction zones are a major problem in the region, considering more than 19 workers were killed in the region during 2012 as a result of such collisions. These numbers have prompted officials to ask that all motorists be extra vigilant of their surroundings when driving.
ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers and their team of Washington, D.C. Personal Injury Lawyers recognize how difficult it can be to lose a loved one to a work-related accident. That’s why the firm would like to send their deepest sympathies and condolences to the family of the worker who was recently killed.
January 15th, 2014
January 14, 2014
The National Safety Council says slip and fall accidents are the second-leading cause of unintentional death in homes and communities across the United States. These accidents also account for roughly 8.9 million Americans visiting hospitals for medical treatment each year. With the cold of winter settling across Maryland, thin ice on ponds and walkways can present an especially dangerous slip and fall hazard.
In an effort to prevent such incidents, the Maryland Slip and Fall Accident Lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers are offering several safety tips.
- Avoid Frozen Bodies of Water- Skating and playing on an icy pond or lake may seem like fun, but thin ice can present a serious safety hazard. WBALTV 11 News reported a young boy died yesterday as the result of a fall through thin ice. While thinly frozen bodies of water should be clearly marked as dangerous, it is important to only venture onto ponds that are closely monitored by professionals and are designated as safe.
- Clear Frozen Walkways- A mixture of salt and sand works to keep pedestrians from falling in two ways. The salt melts the ice and helps to prevent refreezing, while sand allows walkers to gain traction on the slick surface.
- Use Handrails On Steps- The extra point of contact allows individuals to catch themselves if they slip.
ChasenBoscolo’s Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers are hopeful these tips are effective in helping to keep you and your loved ones safe from the dangers of slip and fall accidents throughout winter!
January 7th, 2014
January 7, 2014
In June 2009, a Metro transit train in Washington, D.C. struck the rear of another train, killing nine people and injuring nearly 80 others. Since that time, the number of fatalities resulting from train accidents has only risen. According to the Federal Railroad Administration, there were almost 9,300 crashes involving trains last year alone that claimed 671 lives. This was a more than 16 percent increase from the previous year’s total.
Such numbers leave many citizens wondering what actions are being taken to protect both the public and railroad employees from the dangers train accidents pose. The Washington, D.C. Train Accident Lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers explain that the Federal Employers Liability Act covers railroad employees if they are injured in railroad accidents. However, the government has recently began considering several changes to the law that are aimed at better protecting workers.
An article from the Los Angeles Times stated the Federal Transit Administration is asking all rail lines to review their safety practices. Later, officials plan to gather information from these groups to determine what actions can be taken to improve employee safety on the railroad.
ChasenBoscolo’s team of Washington, D.C. Personal Injury Lawyers applauds the actions being taken to create a safer environment for both railroad employees and commuters. The firm is hopeful the efforts being implemented to achieve this goal are successful!
December 31st, 2013
December 31, 2013
Each year, an estimated 4.7 million Americans are the victims of dog bites. Roughly 800,000 of those who suffer such injuries seek medical treatment. The Maryland Dog Bite Lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers point out a Glen Burnie, Maryland, woman is recovering in a hospital following an attack by two canines as she walked in her neighborhood.
A report from WBALTV 11 News explains the incident occurred at approximately 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 29, along Lincoln Avenue. The victim stated she was walking her dog along the road when two other dogs suddenly approached her. The canines bit the woman as she attempted to rescue her pet from the aggressive pair.
The victim called for assistance and was later taken to a local hospital for further treatment.
The incident leaves many citizens curious as to what they should do if they are the victims of dog attacks. ChasenBoscolo’s team of Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers say seeking medical attention should be the first priority. Then, collect information regarding the animal and its owner before contacting the authorities to file a report on the incident. Discussing your legal options with a qualified attorney is the final step to ensuring your rights are protected.