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  • Young Child Drowns in Local Pool

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 30-Jun-2009

    Posted by Patrick M. Regan and Paul Cornoni A 5-year-old girl tragically died last weekend in an apparent drowning at a crowded College Park community pool operated by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. This horrible story was published recently in the Washington Post. In addition to the 50-meter pool, the aquatics center has a baby pool, but the girl was found in a ...
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  • Coffee Better Than Green Tea for Colon

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 29-Jun-2009

    By Victor E. Long, Esq. Researchers reporting in the National Journal of Cancer believe that coffee – not green tea – reduces the risk of colon cancer. When researchers reviewed data on the beverage-drinking habits of more than 96,000 Japanese men and women over a 10-year period, they found that coffee significantly lowered the risk of colon cancer in females. The findings should be ...
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  • Metro Control System Fails

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 26-Jun-2009

    By Victor E. Long, Esq. According to the Washington Post, a train control system that should have prevented Monday’s deadly Metro crash failed in a test conducted by federal investigators, officials said yesterday, suggesting that a crucial breakdown of technology sent one train slamming into another. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board performed the simulation ...
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  • Metrorail System “Anamolies” Discovered

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 25-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire According to a recent Washington Post article by Lyndsey Layton, Maria Glod and Lena Sun, "Federal investigators said yesterday that they found ‘anomalies’ in a key component of the electronic control system along the Metro track north of Fort Totten, suggesting that computers might have sent one Red Line train crashing into another." ...
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  • Emergency Brake Failure May Be Cause of Metro Rail Collision

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 24-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Lena H. Sun and Lyndsey Layton of the Washington Post reports that federal officials have announced that "[t]he operator of the Metro train that slammed into a stationary train in front of it apparently had activated the emergency brakes in a failed effort to stop before the accident." <!– var rn = ( Math.round( Math.random()*10000000000 ) ...
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  • Perverse Laws Make Location of Metrorail Crash Critical In Analyzing Relief

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 24-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Earlier this week, the nation’s capital experienced the deadliest Metrorail collision in WMATA’s 33 year history. Numerous lives have been lost, and dozens of other have been seriously and permanently injured. The victims of this tragedy and their families deserve justice. The civil justice system in parts of our country, however, does not always ...
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  • Doctors Fail to Report Abnormal Test Results At Alarming Rate

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Doctors fail to report clinically significant findings to their patients in more than seven percent (7%) of the cases, according to the Associated Press, relying on a new study published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Physicians’ use of electronic medical records tended to lower instances of failures to inform. The frequency of errors is ...
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  • Metro System Failure, Operator Error May Have Caused Red-Line Tragedy

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire The death toll from yesterday’s horrific Metro collision continues to rise. As of now, nine have been pronounced dead, and many dozens more are seriously injured. As mentioned in yesterday’s blog, system failure and operator error could be two causes of the incident. The Washington Post has now reported that "[e]xperts familiar with ...
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  • Metro Train Should Have Never Been On Tracks

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire According to a recent Washington Post article, city officials announced today that the Metro train that collided into another yesterday "was two months past due for scheduled maintenance on its brakes, and the car was an older model that federal officials had recommended be replaced because of concerns about its safety in a crash." The authors of ...
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  • WMATA Metro Accident Kills Many, Injures More

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (commonly referred to as WMATA ) is a quasi-governmental entity created through a compact between the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland governments. This Authority is responsible for the rail service and bus service in the Washington-DC area. When system failures and operator errors cause serious ...
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  • Wrongful Death Settlement Against Metro

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 23-Jun-2009

    Posted by Patrick M. Regan and Paul Cornoni In the District of Columbia, and the surrounding areas, the public bus system and Metro train cars are operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). WMATA is a quasi-governmental agency, also known as Metro. Every year numerous persons are injured by buses or metro cars across the country. Unfortunately, the District of Columbia ...
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  • Matrixx Withheld Consumer Complaints

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire Shannon Pettypiece reports for Bloomberg that Matrixx Initiatives Inc. announced that it failed to turn over to U.S. regulators about 800 consumer complaints concerning serious side-effects linked to its Zicam nasal spray and swabs, which have been withdrawn. According to the report, "Matrixx, based in Scottsdale, Arizona, stopped selling the cold ...
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  • Death Toll Rises From Redline Metrorail Collision

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 22-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire In our nation’s capital, two Metro trains on the redline violently collided during the height of rush hour earlier this evening, killing at least 6 people and injuring many more. According to AOL News, "One official said the accident was a ‘mass casualty event’ as crews cut apart the trains to get people out." One of the Metro ...
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  • Medical Device Oversight Required

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 19-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire According to a Reuters article, reported by James Pethkoukis, experts have determined that the FDA’s approval process needs to be improved to better protect patients from dangerous risks. At a congressional hearing, Representative Frank Pallone, who chairs a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee, stated, "There is evidence of an approval system ...
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  • FDA Recommends Continued Use of ADHD Drugs

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 16-Jun-2009

    By Victor E. Long, Esq. Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration recommended that children shouldn’t stop taking drugs that treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, despite a study showing the stimulants may be associated with sudden death. Stimulants used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder could increase the risk of sudden death in children who have no ...
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  • 4th of July – Independence Day Impaired Driving Prevention Campaign June 21 – July 5, 2009

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-Jun-2009

    Drunk Driving is a Deadly Problem Every 40 minutes and nearly 40 times a day, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol impaired traffic crash according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That is why highway safety, community health and law enforcement officials are reminding everyone this Fourth of July that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving and to designate a ...
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  • Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act: What Does It Mean for Consumers?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 14-Jun-2009

    The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act is a federal law that protects buyers from any product that has a value over $25 and a written warranty. The requirements and guidelines established by the law are to protect customers who buy products that have written warranties. Since its adoption, it has protected and helped victims of faulty and defective products. For consumers, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act ...
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  • Bigger Big Rigs: More Size in Exchange for Less Safety?

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Jun-2009

    According to a recent news item in USA Today, fierce debate is expected in Congress over the size of big rig trucks on the U.S. interstate highway system. "Current Federal law limits the weight and length of 18-wheelers on the USA’s 47,000-mile interstate highway system. Supporters say bigger commercial trucks allow drivers to deliver more freight in fewer trips, thus cutting pollution ...
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  • Jobs Cause Cancer For Thousands of Americans Each Year

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire According to NIOSH, "Based on well-documented associations between occupational exposures and cancer, it is estimated that approximately 20,000 cancer deaths and 40,000 new cases of cancer each year in the U.S. are attributable to occupation." The report comments that studies don eon animals make it clear that ...
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  • Lead Poisoning Prevention Efforts

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Jun-2009

    Lead poisoning is extremely dangerous for both children and adults, affecting nearly every system in the body and often occurring with no obvious symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC ) has established a Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program goal of eliminating elevated blood lead levels in children by 2010. Primary responsibilities of the program include the ...
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  • Traumatic Workplace Injuries Plague Americans

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 13-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire According to NIOSH, "each day, U.S. workers suffer injury, disability, and death from workplace incidents. On average, 15 workers die each day from traumatic injuries. Overall, 5,400 workers died in 2007 from an occupational injury and more than 4 million workers had a nonfatal injury or illness. In the private-sector ...
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  • FDA Warns of Dangers of Sirolimus (Rapamune) for Liver Transplant Patients

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 12-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire Recently, MedPage Today reported that "The FDA issued an alert regarding the risk of increased mortality in stable liver transplant patients who switch from a calcineurin inhibitor-based (CNI) immunosuppressive regimen to sirolimus (Rapamune)." It was noted, however, "that a causal relationship has not been ...
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  • Excessive Lead in Imported Toys Costs Matell 2.3 Million in Fines

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 12-Jun-2009

    A recent $2.3 million civil penalty was agreed to by Matell, Inc. and Fisher-Price Toys for importing and selling toys with excessive levels of lead. According to the news release issued by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) , the penalty was part of a settlement for knowingly violating a 30-year-old federal ban on lead paint in toys. "These highly publicized toy recalls helped ...
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  • Robes By Blair LLC Recalled by CPSC

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 12-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire The AP reports that "Consumers are being urged to immediately stop wearing a certain type of chenille robe made by Blair LLC due to a fire hazard that is believed to have killed at least six people." This recall followed reports of six deaths that resulted from the robes catching-on-fire, comments the report. The ...
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  • Cholesterol-type Not Usually Screened May Cause Heart Attack

    Posted By Regan Zambri & Long || 11-Jun-2009

    Posted by: Salvatore J. Zambri, Esquire and Catherine Bertram, Esquire Medical News Today recently reported that a certain kind of cholesterol–known as lipoprotein (a)–may increase the risk of heart attack (medically referred to as myocardial infarction, or MI). This type of cholesterol, says the article, has been screened little. Historically, doctors ahve been screening patients for ...
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