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With more than three decades of experience representing those hurt because of another person’s negligence, our injury lawyers continue to help individuals and families in MD, DC and VA get the justice they deserve after injuries leave them physically and financially devastated.
With more than three decades of experience representing those hurt because of another person’s negligence, our injury lawyers continue to help individuals and families in MD, DC and VA get the justice they deserve after injuries leave them physically and financially devastated.

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Are Washington, DC Bicyclists Putting Themselves and Others at Risk?: In 2015, drivers racked up more than 60,000 red light camera violations in the District. However, now police are looking at Washington, DC bicyclists, who have triggered red light cameras 1,557 times between January of 2015 and April of 2016. Unfortunately, police have no way to identify bicyclists who run red lights, so many do not pay for a ticket and continue to violate this traffic law. There are some intersections in the district that have hundreds of bicyclist red light violations, including: Rhode Island Avenue and First Street NW, which had 276 violations Oak Street NW and 16th Street, which had 201 violations K Street and 27th Street NW, which had 173 violations Bicyclists are more vulnerable than drivers and could sustain more serious injuries in a bicycle accident. However, they don’t just endanger themselves when they run a red light. They also unintentionally put pedestrians and motorists who... Read More » The post Are Washington, DC Bicyclists Putting Themselves and Others at Risk? appeared first on Your Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers. http://bit.ly/2cEUDof #BicycleAccidents #BikeSafety
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Could This Technology Dramatically Reduce the Number of Car Crashes?: If you’ve ever been stuck in traffic or see a hazard on the road, you may have at some point wished you could somehow verbally communicate with other drivers to better navigate around each other or avoid collisions. If only there was a system placed inside each and every car that could help drivers communicate with more than blinker lights and car horns. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation confirmed this is the goal and are taking steps to make vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication possible for everyday drivers. How Would V2V Communication Work? While self-driving cars may be a reality in the not-so-distant future, there is still a question of whether or not they are safe. However, connected cars are expected to reduce the number of car accidents by 80 percent and may be a safer alternative to surrendering full control to an autonomous car. By using technology that... Read More » The post Could This Technology Dramatically Reduce the Number of Car Crashes? appeared first on Your Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers. http://bit.ly/2cHkpp0 #CarAccidents #ConnectedCars
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Are Medical Device Manufacturers Mislabeling Patient Deaths?: A patient died after having a damaged cardiac stent implanted. However, the company that makes the stents labeled the incident a “malfunction.” Another patient received a knee injection and developed a fatal septic infection. The company that produced the knee injection called the death an “injury.” In another incident, a patient fell out of a hospital bed. When the bed’s sensor alert system failed and the patient died, the company that manufactures the bed called the incident a “malfunction” instead of a death. These are just a few out of thousands of incidents where medical device manufacturers misclassify patient fatalities caused by defective medical devices as injuries. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), these reports are classified correctly. This begs the question: How can a death be correctly classified as an injury or a malfunction? Are Companies Getting Away with Distributing Defective Medical Devices? The FDA is supposed... Read More » The post Are Medical Device Manufacturers Mislabeling Patient Deaths? appeared first on Your Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers. http://bit.ly/2cksdzC #ProductLiability #DefectiveMedicalDevices
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Is WMATA Failing to Train Its Bus drivers?: A Metrobus ended up on top of a brick wall earlier this month after a bus accident. According to a police report, a vehicle struck the “accordion” part of the bus, which caused the bus driver to panic and jump the curb, hit a tree and land on top of the brick wall. Fortunately, none of the 13 passengers were injured. Just a few weeks prior, another Metrobus accident occurred where a bus hopped a curb after the driver experienced a medical emergency. Several days before that, another bus accident left a bus driver and two passengers injured. Are D.C. Metrobuses Safe? While these incidents may not have been the bus drivers’ fault nor Metro’s fault, these events are still drawing a lot of attention to Metrobus safety. In addition to the spike in bus accidents, Metrobus drivers have been caught running red lights, ignoring stop signs and speeding. In... Read More » The post Is WMATA Failing to Train Its Bus drivers? appeared first on Your Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers. http://bit.ly/2cekdQJ #TransportationAccidents #DCMetro #metro
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Is Virginia’s Goodyear Plant Putting Workers at Risk for Fatal Workplace Accidents?: Earlier this month, an employee at Goodyear’s Danville plant in Virginia died in a workplace accident. According to the medical examiner’s office, the worker died from blunt injuries to the chest along with mechanical asphyxia. While the worker’s death is now under investigation, it has been confirmed that the Danville plant has now been the location of four fatal workplace accidents over the course of one year. The United Steelworkers Director of Health, Safety and Environment is assisting the plant and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) with an investigation. Danville’s Goodyear Plant Must Create a Safer Work Environment The first death occurred in August of 2015 after the victim was caught in machine rollers. The second died during a shift in March and the third worker died in April of this year. Both deaths seem to have been caused by asphyxiation. Statistically, it is rather unusual for a... Read More » The post Is Virginia’s Goodyear Plant Putting Workers at Risk for Fatal Workplace Accidents? appeared first on Your Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers. http://bit.ly/2c0CyAC #WorkersCompensation #WorkplaceAccident
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Two DC Pedestrian Accidents Occurred in Less Than 24 Hours: Two men died in less than 24 hours in separate DC pedestrian accidents this month. On Thursday after 2:00 a.m., a 44-year-old victim was struck while leaving the restaurant he owned in the Shaw neighborhood. A breathalyzer was administered to the driver, but the accident is still under investigation. Sometime after 2:00 a.m. on Friday, a 29-year-old was struck in a hit-and-run pedestrian accident near New Hampshire Avenue. Both men died soon after arriving at the hospital. Are DC Pedestrian Accidents On the Rise? According to WTOP, 60 pedestrians died last year in vehicle accidents. In 2014, 53 pedestrians died as a result of vehicle accidents, and in 2013, 45 pedestrians died. Needless to say, pedestrian accidents are definitely on the rise in the DC area. Due to the fact pedestrians do not have the protection of a giant, metal, airbag-equipped vehicle, accidents cause much more severe injuries and often... Read More » The post Two DC Pedestrian Accidents Occurred in Less Than 24 Hours appeared first on Your Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers. http://bit.ly/2bUG3Zs #PedestrianAccidents #VisionZero
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Will Ending D.C. Metro’s Late-Night Service Increase the Number of Drunk Driving Accidents?: Since 2007, Metro has stayed open until 3:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as midnight on Sundays. This helped service workers, late-night business professionals and would-be drunk drivers find a safe ride home in the late hours. However, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority General Manager wants to close Metro at midnight on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as 10:00 p.m. on Sundays. Additionally, Metro will no longer stay open late for events, such as concerts or marathons, all of which may create a problem in the district. D.C. Metro’s Late-Night Service Must Remain Open to Keep Others Safe According to the Washington Regional Alcohol Project, Friday and Saturday evenings are the most dangerous times of the week to close the Metro. After all, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says the number of drunk driving accidents that occur are four times higher at night and... Read More » The post Will Ending D.C. Metro’s Late-Night Service Increase the Number of Drunk Driving Accidents? appeared first on Your Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers. http://bit.ly/2bPib7M #TransportationAccidents #DCMetro #DrunkDriving
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The Five Most Common Medical Mistakes Doctors Admit to Making: More often than not, we put doctors on pedestals, but they are just as capable of making mistakes as anyone else. In fact, we wrote a blog on how medical error is actually the third leading cause of death in the U.S. When medical errors are made by doctors, hospitals will often try to hide the mistake. However, some doctors have stepped forward and have listed the most common causes of medical errors they have made, including: Wrong medications: This type of medical error can include incorrect instructions, wrong dosages, prescribing a medication that will harm the patient and failure to relay risks of side effects. Failure to coordinate care: There are many channels your patient information travels down before it lands in the hands of your doctor. Due to understaffing or lack of organization, administrative mistakes can happen and doctors can make fatal errors when they do not have... Read More » The post The Five Most Common Medical Mistakes Doctors Admit to Making appeared first on Your Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers. http://bit.ly/2bJG8gM #MedicalMalpractice #MedicalErrors
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This DC Ambulance Rolled Backwards With Patient Still Inside: After a horrible and graphic leg fracture seen on live television for the Rio Olympics, the gymnast was dropped by the EMS crew while being loaded into the ambulance for the world to see. Meanwhile, a D.C. ambulance would also commit a blunder that same day, right here at home. An ambulance at George Washington University Hospital rolled backwards with no one in the driver’s seat and while a patient was still inside the vehicle. The runway ambulance was chased down by EMTs and a police officer. While the patient was shaken up but otherwise unharmed, this incident shows ambulance accidents are more common than many might realize. Are Ambulance Accidents Common? When we are experiencing a medical emergency, EMT crews and their ambulances are supposed to safely and quickly transport us somewhere we can receive treatment. We rely on them to stabilize our conditions on the way there, or... Read More » The post This DC Ambulance Rolled Backwards With Patient Still Inside appeared first on Your Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers. http://bit.ly/2b4tpVw #TransportationAccidents #WashingtonDCInjuryAttorney
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What are the Most Dangerous Intersections in D.C.?: As part of the Vision Zero program, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) reviewed five of some of the most dangerous intersections in D.C. These five intersections, which are known for the particularly high number of car and bicycle accidents that occur at them, have had three deaths and 12 serious injuries in the last three years. These intersections include: 1st Street NE and Massachusetts Avenue NE, near Union Station Bladensburg Road NE and New York Avenue NE 14th Street NW and U Street NW Minnesota Avenue NE and Benning Road NE M Street NW and Wisconsin Avenue NW This year, the DDOT is scheduled to analyze five more traffic stops with a high number of bicycle accidents, the first of which was 14th Street and Columbia Road NW. According to the associate director of planning for the DDOT, this 14th Street and Columbia Road is the worst intersection for... Read More » The post What are the Most Dangerous Intersections in D.C.? appeared first on Your Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia Personal Injury Lawyers. http://bit.ly/2aY9XcM #BicycleAccidents #BicycleAccident
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