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Tips for Protecting Yourself From a Maryland Bicycle Accident

by Keith Adkins | December 29th, 2015

Each year, hundreds of injuries and dozens of deaths are attributed to collisions between bicycles and motor vehicles. Statistics show that in the last five years, there have been 30 individuals killed and approximately 3,100 others have been seriously injured as the result of a Maryland bicycle accident.

Some lawmakers in our state have joined forces with bicycle advocacy groups to help ensure our state’s legislation promotes safe cycling, but many experts feel raising awareness about the need for cyclists and motorists to share the road with each other is one of the best ways to reduce Maryland bicycle accident numbers.

The Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration has complied a list of safety tips for both cyclists and motorists to consider in order to help reduce the number of accidents involving these two types of vehicles. The agency has also outlined the laws cyclists and drivers are required to adhere to at all times.

It’s important to remember that not all accidents can be prevented, and the impact of a bicycle accident can have a significant effect on the victim, both physically and financially. That’s why at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, we have a team of lawyers that care. Our staff is available to answer any questions you may have regarding a bicycle accident you were involved in. We can be reached by calling (888) 744-7761 anytime.

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Holiday Safety Tips to Prevent Fires or a Car Accident

by Keith Adkins | December 22nd, 2015

The Hazards of the Holidays

The holidays are a joyous time for most Americans, but this time of year can also be plagued by increased chances of being involved in incidents that can cause serious bodily harm. The Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers would like to help keep you safe by letting you know what hazards to watch for as the holidays approach.

Car Accidents

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration shows the number of serious motor vehicle collisions notoriously tend to spike during the days leading up to Christmas. This is because of an increase in traffic on our roads and a rise in the tendency of motorists to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

13 News Now says the Virginia State Police will be out in full force to ensure highway safety during the holidays, but you can do your part to help prevent a car accident by obeying all traffic laws and never drinking and driving.

Fire and Burn Injury

A spark from a decorative light that shorts out to blazes that break out in the kitchen, the number of fires that are ignited around the holidays is astounding. Do your part to steer clear of a fire and burn injury by never leaving cooking food alone and ensuring all lights are functioning properly and Christmas trees are well watered.

Happy and Safe Holidays!

We hope these tips help you to have a wonderfully and accident-free holiday season!

 

 

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The Risks of Antidepressants During Pregnancy

by Keith Adkins | December 15th, 2015

Antidepressant medications can be a useful tool in treating a number of mood disorders. They can help regulate emotions and allow a patient to live a healthy life. However, it’s important to note that women who are pregnant or are thinking of having a child should be aware of the risks certain types of antidepressant medications can pose to an unborn child.

Antidepressant Birth Defects

Studies have shown taking medications like Paxil®, Prozac® and Zoloft® during pregnancy has resulted in children being born with certain antidepressant birth defects. These conditions can include persistent pulmonary hypertension, as well as abnormalities like cleft lips and palates. These aren’t the only risks associated with antidepressant medications, though.

Antidepressants and Autism

A new study has linked the use of antidepressants during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy with elevated chances of autism spectrum disorder for the baby. An article from The Washington Post explains researchers examined the cases of more than 145,000 births and discovered an 87 percent increase in the chances of autism in children born to mothers who used selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor medications later in their pregnancies.

Help Is Available

If you believe your child was harmed as the result of antidepressant use during pregnancy, you likely have many questions about your child’s legal rights. The legal staff at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers encourages anyone in this situation to speak with a drug injury lawyer to help get the answers you need. You can learn more about our attorneys by visiting our website.

 

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Study Says Traffic Helps Reduce Auto Accident Fatalities

by Keith Adkins | December 8th, 2015

Traffic. It’s the scourge of many Baltimore residents’ day. You battle through congestion along the city’s highways on your way to work, only to reenter the gauntlet after a hard day on the job for the journey home. Could sitting in gridlock be saving your life? The Maryland auto accident lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers point out that one new study says the answer may be “yes.”

A study ranking the most dangerous states to drive in found that Maryland fell into the 39 slot, with only 11 other states being listed as safer places to get behind the wheel. The reason? Traffic in Maryland’s largest cities, including Baltimore.

According to an article from CBS Baltimore, a spokesman for the Maryland State Police explains that while heavy traffic may not prevent accidents from occurring, it slows vehicles down. This decreases the impact between vehicles and lessens the chances of injuries or fatalities in the event of a collision.

Another factor that plays a part in Maryland ranking as a safe place to drive is that 91 percent of residents wear their seatbelt when they’re in a car, truck, or SUV. This simple lifesaving piece of equipment has repeatedly been proven to prevent crash fatalities and a number of different types of auto accident injuries.

Promoting highway safety is part of our mission each day at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers. That’s why we applaud motorists for buckling up and urge travelers to keep a positive outlook while on the road by remembering the traffic we deal with on a daily basis may be saving our lives.

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The Most Common Causes of a Construction Accident

by Keith Adkins | December 1st, 2015

From falling objects to slick work surfaces, numerous safety hazards can be found on a construction site. However, some of these threats are more commonly seen and reported than others. The D.C. construction accident lawyers at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers are highlighting some of the most common causes of construction worker injuries.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that last year, there were a total of 81 fatal construction accidents in Maryland, D.C. and Virginia. A majority of these incidents fell into one of three categories, including:

  • Slip and fall accidents- The Maryland slip and fall injury lawyers at ChasenBoscolo explain a slip, trip or fall can occur as the result of walking on slippery surfaces, unsecured scaffolding or simply tripping over a power cord.
  • Contact with objects or equipment- These accidents involve a worker being struck by materials on a job site or suffering an injury after making unintentional contact with a tool or piece of machinery.
  • Transportation accidents- This involves any situation where a worker was killed while traveling in a vehicle as part of their job duties.

We hope raising awareness about these risks will help prevent accidents from occurring in the future. If you’ve been injured at no fault of your own while working on a construction site, it’s important to be aware that you may have legal rights to compensation for your injuries. Speaking with a legal representative can help answer any questions you may have about these rights. You can learn more about how a lawyer may be able to assist you by visiting our website.

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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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