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What’s Being Done to Reduce Maryland Pedestrian Accidents

by Keith Adkins | July 22nd, 2014

Speeding vehicles along the roads of Maryland are not only a serious safety concern for other drivers, but for pedestrians as well. In fact, one particular roadway has seen three fatal Maryland pedestrian accidents in the last six months. These incidents have prompted the state to take corrective action in order to prevent any further accidents from occurring in the future.

As of August 1, the speed limit along U.S. Highway 1 in College Park will be lowered from 30 MPH to 25 MPH. Furthermore, an article from The Baltimore Sun says a traffic signal and fencing along the median of the road will also be installed in the area.

While changes to the roadway will significantly reduce the chances of Maryland pedestrian accidents occurring, educating locals on the importance of highway safety also plays a crucial role in reducing collision numbers. Officials have introduced the “Walk Smart College Park” program to address this issue.

While these programs and changes can help better protect the public from collisions with automobiles while walking, accidents can still occur. That’s why the Maryland personal injury attorneys with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers encourage pedestrians to consider these ways of staying safe.

  • Travel in Groups- It’s easier for motorists to see large groups of pedestrians versus a single person walking.
  • Be Visible- Carry a flashlight or other light at night. Wearing light-colored or reflective clothing can also be more eye-catching to passing drivers.
  • Use the Crosswalk- A large number of Maryland pedestrian accidents are the result of pedestrians failing to use designated crossing areas. Stay safe by always obeying traffic laws and using crosswalks.
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3 Ways to Help Children Avoid a Maryland Bicycle Accident This Summer

by Keith Adkins | July 15th, 2014

With many children in Maryland out of school on summer vacation, you may have noticed an increase in the number of young people who are out and traveling along your local streets. Too often though, school-aged children are the victims of serious accidents involving motor vehicles during this time of year.

Take the case of a 13-year-old girl who was left seriously injured as the result of a recent Maryland bicycle accident. Reports indicate the accident happened at around 9 a.m. on the morning of Monday, July 14, at a crossing located at the intersection of Cedar Lane and Hickory Ridge Road in Columbia, Maryland.

WBALTV News goes on to explain the victim was making her way across the roadway in a crosswalk when she was suddenly struck by a pickup truck being driven by a 69-year-old woman. The girl was taken to a local hospital where she was last listed in stable condition.

Accidents like this may leave you wondering what you can do to help keep yourself and your children safe when biking along a road. The legal staff with ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers suggest following these rules in order to achieve this goal:

  • Wear Protective Gear- Helmets are the best way to prevent injury or death if riding a bicycle, but wearing light colored or reflective clothing will reduce the chances of accidents by making you more visible to motorists.
  • Obey Traffic Signals- Making sure to obey crosswalk signage, lights, and traffic signals is a linchpin to safety.
  • Ride Defensively- A majority of bicycle accidents occur because motorists simply do not see or fail to yield the right-of-way to bicyclists. That’s why you should always assume drivers do not see you when on a bicycle and take the necessary precautions to avoid a collision.

ChasenBoscolo’s team of Maryland personal injury lawyers hope these suggestions help keep you and your children safe this summer. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident though, we are here to help and can be reached by calling (888) 744-7761.

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Caution Should Be Taken With Certain Spinal Cord Injury Treatments

by Keith Adkins | July 8th, 2014

New and innovative ways to treat a spinal cord injury are being found everyday. If particular precautions are not taken though, certain treatments may have side effects that are harmful to the patient.

Take the case of a woman who developed severe back pain eight years after suffering a spinal cord injury in a car accident that left her paralyzed. Three years after the accident, she underwent corrective surgery and stem cells were transplanted into her spine.

An article from Medical Xpress explains five years after the surgery, the patient sought medical attention for pain in her back. It was then that a mass was discovered at the sight of her spinal cord injury and where the surgery had been performed.

Testing showed the mass that was causing the patient’s pain had developed from the stem cells that had been implanted years prior. Researchers went on to explain that a process of purifying the stem cells was not performed prior to the transplant. Furthermore, if the steps of the process had been taken, it may have prevented the mass from growing.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, our team of Maryland personal injury attorneys knows how difficult overcoming a spinal cord injury can be without complications. That’s why we are here to help anyone who has such an injury or has been harmed while undergoing treatment for such an injury. We can be reached anytime to discuss your situation and needs.

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New Mouth Guard Helps Recognize When Athletes Have Suffered A Traumatic Brain Injury

by Keith Adkins | July 1st, 2014

With more and more information coming to light about the dangers football players and other athletes face from repeat traumatic brain injuries (TBI), the search for better ways to protect players from such an athletic injury when on the field has grown. While some engineers have created monitors for helmets to measure the force that is exerted on the head at impact, another group of researchers has created a similar traumatic brain injury monitor that fits into a mouth guard.

An article from Medical Daily explains the group of Stanford University researchers created the piece of equipment that uses infrared light and the natural ability of teeth to reflect it in order to measure just how hard a player is hit during a game. While this may sound groundbreaking, the team explains the equipment does have certain limitations. One is that analyzing large sets of data from multiple hits can be difficult, which is why it is so important for players who have possibly suffered an athletic injury like a TBI to vocalize their need for medical care.

In order for players to understand their need for care, they must first know what to look for if they suspect they have suffered a TBI. Some typical symptoms include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Mood Swings
  • Changes in Behavior
  • Memory Loss
  • Change in Sleep Patterns

At ChasenBoscolo, our team of Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers understands the effects TBIs can have on victims and their families. That’s why we are hopeful this technology can be used to prevent such injuries. In the meantime though, if you are an athlete and have possibly suffered a TBI, we implore you to go seek medical treatment immediately.


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2 Common Conditions That May Qualify For Veterans’ Disability Benefits

by Keith Adkins | June 24th, 2014

Soldiers who serve on the battlefield can face numerous hazards that put their health and lives on the line each day. That’s why it’s so important for these veterans to remember they may be entitled to veterans’ disability benefits as compensation for the health conditions they suffer from. Two of the most commonly seen conditions seen today include:

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)- As many as 20 percent of veterans returning from service report experiencing the anxiety, emotional outbursts, depression, and other symptoms that characterize this condition. Some experts believe the percentage may actually be much higher though due to the high rate of cases that go undiagnosed. Research is just beginning to break ground into what is effective in treating the condition, leaving many victims suffering its effects for years.
  • Respiratory Conditions- Some say the problems many veterans have breathing is due to the dust from the arid conditions of Iraq and Afghanistan. Others believe their struggles with their respiratory system are due to exposure to toxic burn pits. An article from the Daily Record explains massive bonfires are used to burn all waste from military bases—including biohazardous materials, tires, and human waste. Breathing in the fumes from these fires is said to be associated with veterans suffering nosebleeds, migraines, and heavy coughing.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, our Maryland personal injury attorneys are aware of how devastating the injuries sustained in battle can be, which is why we are here to help if you have been hurt while serving your country and are in need of benefits to make ends meet.

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Investigators Determine Maryland Truck Accident Caused By Distracted Driving

by Keith Adkins | June 17th, 2014

Distractions behind the wheel seem to be commonplace in the trucking industry. The cab of the truck is often an office for drivers who are answering phones, looking up directions on screens, not to mention using radios to communicate. Despite this being the norm, it doesn’t change the fact these behaviors can be extremely dangerous for the drivers and others on the road.

Take the case of one recent Maryland truck accident that was caused by driver inattention and injured one person. Reports indicate the crash happened yesterday, just after noon, on Fort Smallwood Road in Anne Arundel County.

WBALTV 11 News reports a 37-year-old worker was repairing a water line near the road when the 42-year-old driver of a tractor-trailer failed to recognize signage closing a lane of the road. The big rig slammed into the sign and pushed it into the worker’s vehicle, which subsequently struck the worker. An investigation of the crash determined the truck driver struck the sign because he was not focused on the road at the time of the crash.

Incidents like this leave many drivers questioning what they can do to prevent distractions behind the wheel. Our team of Maryland personal injury attorneys at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers says simply putting phones down is one of the best ways to prevent distracted driving. If you must focus on something other than the road when driving, pull over and take care of business before proceeding on your way.

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Players Filing Numerous Lawsuits Stemming From Athletic Injuries

by Keith Adkins | June 10th, 2014

Professional athletes put their bodies and health on the line for the entertainment of others and it’s up to the organizations who hire these athletes to play to protect their safety on the field at all times. Unfortunately, leagues and team management sometimes fail to protect players’ best interests, allowing an athletic injury or accident to occur.

Such errors in player management recently led to a lawsuit against the National Football League (NFL) when former and current athletes alleged the organization had failed to warn them of the dangers repeat traumatic brain injuries could pose. Settlements have been proposed and a second round of lawsuits are building in the wake of the claims.

Now, some former NFL players are claiming the league illegally used medications to allow injured athletes to continue training and play, causing serious long-term damage to their bodies and health.

An article from NBC Sports went on to add two former Chicago Bears players claim the team’s medical staff improperly distributed painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs to athletes who were injured. One of the plaintiffs states use of the drugs caused him to suffer permanent damage to a foot, while another claimed the medications brought on a chemical dependency.

So what does this mean for athletes? Our team of Maryland personal injury attorneys at ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers point out athletes have the same rights to protection of their health as any other employee. We would also urge any athlete who has been injured and feels their personal safety is being compromised on the pitch to discuss their rights and needs with our legal staff. Just give us a call.

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Getting Veterans’ Disability Benefits For Suffering From Sleep Apnea

by Keith Adkins | June 3rd, 2014

When a member of the military is left unable to work due to a mental or physical condition that was caused by their service to our country, they may be entitled to veterans’ disability benefits. It’s important to remember though, veterans fall under certain tiers that dictate how quickly they will receive benefits.

One of the first to be served are veterans who suffer from a condition known as sleep apnea. Being afflicted with the condition can result in the victim having trouble breathing—and potentially stopping breathing—while sleeping.

An article from USA Today explains the number of sleep apnea claims among soldiers and veterans has skyrocketed in recent years, with the number of claims of the condition increasing by 150 percent since 2009. The sheer number of claims has forced the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to place veterans suffering from sleep apnea as the eighth top priority patient to treat, being beaten out for faster treatment by those who have been injured in the line of duty, who received medals of valor, or suffered an amputation.

Even still, numbers show veterans suffering from sleep apnea may receive a higher disability rating than those with an amputation, although this policy may soon come under review.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, our team of Maryland personal injury attorneys says this places a sense of urgency on filing a disability claim if you or a loved one is a veteran who suffers from sleep apnea. Call us at (888) 744-7761 or fill out a free online consultation form on our website if you need help filing your claim.

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ChasenBoscolo Recognized as Top Law Firm in Maryland and Washington, D.C.

by Keith Adkins | May 27th, 2014

When you’re injured in an accident, having an attorney by your side to help assist you with your legal questions and concerns is vital. That’s why it’s so important to make sure the lawyer you choose has the necessary experience and knowledge to help you resolve any issues or concerns that may arise.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, we take great pride in being known as lawyers who care about the needs of accident victims like you, which is why our firm has been recognized by the Washington Post as one of the top law firms in the Maryland and Washington, D.C., areas.

Attorney Tom Teodori accepted the award, which is given by Martindale-Hubbell®, one of the most renowned lawyer rating systems in the nation. The firm was rated AV Preeminent® because of their commitment to successfully helping their clients get the compensation they need for their injuries, while giving back to the community in other ways as well.

Tom Teodori exemplified the firm’s giving nature by recently participating in Springhill Lake Elementary Career Day. He spoke with students about the importance of lawyers helping those in need and what it takes to get into the legal profession during the event.

ChasenBoscolo’s team of Maryland personal injury lawyers cares about our clients and community, which is why we are here to help if you have been hurt in an accident. We can be reached by calling (888) 744-7761 or by filling out a free online consultation form on our website to discuss your questions and concerns about your injury with our legal staff today.

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How to Get the Veterans Disability Benefits You Deserve

by Keith Adkins | May 20th, 2014

Millions of American military veterans suffer from medical conditions that were caused by their service and now leave them unable to work. While many of these individuals may qualify for veterans disability benefits, a vast majority will struggle to get the compensation and care they deserve.

This struggle can be the result of a claim being denied or the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determining a veteran is only partially disabled. In either case, legal action may be necessary to get the benefits a veteran has earned.

A Vietnam veteran from Baltimore, Maryland, successfully took such legal action recently when he sued the Department of Defense and the VA for allegedly causing his medical problems. A report from WBALTV 11 News explains the veteran was subjected to the U.S. Army’s testing of chemicals and drugs to ward off the effects of chemical and biological warfare. A mere 10 years later, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease,  a condition that automatically qualifies a veteran for disability benefits; however, the VA determined he was only 40 percent disabled, leaving the veteran struggling to cover the costs of accumulating medical bills and everyday expenses.

He filed suit and his medical rating was soon raised to 80 percent disabled.

At ChasenBoscolo Injury Lawyers, we understand how difficult navigating the veterans disability system can be. That’s why if you have served in the military and have questions regarding an injury or health condition that is linked to your service, we will match you with a Maryland personal injury attorney who can answer any and all of your questions. Call us at (888) 744-7761 or fill out a free consultation form on our website to speak with our legal staff.

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