ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers | Injury Law Blog
December 16th, 2014
Medical products in the United States must undergo rigorous safety testing to ensure the device is safe for use on patients. Sometimes though, products are released that can cause serious harm.
Take the dozens of cases of transvaginal mesh failure that have been filed in courts across the country as an example. The product was designed to support the internal organs of women who have undergone hysterectomies or had complications due to menopause or childbirth. Unfortunately, the materials and techniques used to implant the devices are prone to failure, which can cause the mesh to cut into the body, embed itself, migrate, perforate organs, and cause a host of other painful injuries and complications. This can lead to serious pain, infection, erosion of tissues, and many other repercussions that affect patients’ quality of life and ability to earn a living.
These complications and their associated financial, physical, and emotional impacts have led many women to file lawsuits against the makers of the transvaginal meshes implanted in their bodies. Two recent jury verdicts reached in federal court sided in favor of two groups of women who claimed Boston Scientific—the manufacturer of the Pinnacle transvaginal mesh they received—failed to ensure the safety of the product.
In a Florida court, jurors awarded four women a total of $27.5 million in compensatory damages for complications suffered after receiving Boston Scientific’s Pinnacle pelvic-organ implant. According to Reuters, a West Virginia jury also found in favor of four women who received the Pinnacle transvaginal mesh device, and awarded the group a total of $18.5 million in damages—including $1 million in punitive damages for each victim.
These verdicts highlight the possibility of compensation for other women who have been harmed as the result of complications caused by a transvaginal mesh failure. If you or a woman you love suffered pain, corrective surgeries, or other serious complications after receiving a transvaginal implant, our team of Maryland defective product lawyers want you to know there is hope. We’re here to help if you’ve been harmed by such a product. Call us at (888) 744-7761 so we can get started today and help you get the compensation you deserve.
December 9th, 2014
It’s estimated that as many as 8 million Americans will seek medical treatment for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident this year. Around 250,000 will be hospitalized, while thousands of others will lose their lives due to these injuries.
Numbers like this leave many citizens wondering what protections are available from slip and fall accidents. The attorneys with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers explain businesses and property owners have a responsibility to practice what’s known as “duty of care”. This means a company or individual will use reasonable caution to prevent employees or others from being injured due to a hazard. Any failure to practice duty of care could result in a business or property owner being held liable for damages if someone is hurt.
At ChasenBoscolo, we have experience helping victims of a slip and fall accident with the legal processes that are necessary to receive compensation for injuries. In fact, John T Everett, a Maryland personal injury lawyer with our firm, recently assisted a Maryland woman with a claim after she was injured as the result of a fall down three stairs while shopping at a local retailer. She sustained black eyes, back, and knee injuries as a result of the fall. The case was later settled for an undisclosed amount, but The Washingtonian named the case as the 13th largest personal injury settlement in the state this year.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident that wasn’t your fault, help is here. Call us today at (888) 744-7761 to learn more about what we can do for you.
December 2nd, 2014
The United States economy is finally beginning to recover from one of the greatest recessions our nation has ever seen. This means more people are getting back on the job, but one report is also showing a new trend in the workplace.
Reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate a growing number of slip and fall accident fatalities are occurring on job sites in the United States. Human lives aren’t the only costs to these accidents though, as researchers were able to put a price tag on non-fatal slip and fall accidents as well.
An article from ThomasNet.com says that there are hundreds of slip and fall accidents in the construction, manufacturing, and energy industries each year. In 2012 alone, the construction industry saw 290 workers suffer fatal injuries caused by slip and fall accidents, while 39 such incidents were recorded in the manufacturing industry. More disturbing though is the 360 percent increase in fatal slip and fall accidents recorded in the energy industry from 2008 to 2012.
These numbers have workers and citizens alike questioning what can be done to prevent slip and fall accidents. Experts from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration suggest businesses take precautionary safety measures to prevent slip and fall accident hazards. This can include installing adequate lighting, handrails, and ventilation systems in areas where employees work.
Accidents may still occur though, even after precautions are taken. That’s why the Maryland personal injury attorneys with ChasenBoscolo say the most important thing for you to know is that you have legal rights if you or a loved one have been injured in a slip and fall accident. To learn more about the options that may be available to you, call us at (888) 744-7761 to speak with a member of our legal team.
November 25th, 2014
The upcoming Thanksgiving holiday is expected to be one of the busiest travel days of the year in Maryland, but an onslaught of winter weather could make getting to your destination difficult.
Weather maps are currently showing there could be heavy rain and snow falling on Wednesday, November 26—the day before Thanksgiving and when most citizens say they are traveling. That’s why the Maryland State Highway Administration has offered several tips to help motorists avoid a Maryland car accident.
According to WBAL Radio News, motorists should avoid traveling on this coming Wednesday if at all possible. Officials are also reminding drivers to stay up to date on current road conditions as well as to buckle up.
The Maryland personal injury lawyers with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers point out there are several other steps you can take to stay safe on the roads this Thanksgiving, including:
- Prepare Your Vehicle for Winter Conditions- Make sure your tires aren’t too worn and that the brakes on your vehicle are functioning properly. It may also be wise to pack emergency supplies, like food, water, blankets, and flashlights, in case you become stuck.
- Be Vigilant- Travel slowly, watching for icy patches and other vehicles on the road. Also, be sure to obey all traffic signals and signs.
We hope these tips help keep you and your loved ones safe as you travel for the holidays this year!
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 23rd, 2014
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.
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.