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  • What Is Botulism?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 21-Jul-2017

    Earlier this year, multiple people became seriously ill after consuming nacho cheese sauce at a California gas station. All ten people were hospitalized and two died after consuming the nachos. An investigation revealed these individuals were sickened by a botulinum toxin, resulting in botulism poisoning. There are typically several dozen similar cases of botulism poisoning that occur nationwide ...
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  • How to Vet and Choose the Right Babysitter for Your Family

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 21-Jul-2017

    The task of choosing a new babysitter can be daunting, to say the least. You’re about to entrust your children—your most precious treasures—into someone else’s care, possibly even someone you barely know. How do you interview/vet possible babysitters to ensure your children will be both safe and happy in their care? First, some comforting news: Incidents of babysitters ...
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  • HOT CARS Act of 2017

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 20-Jul-2017

    Since 1998, over 700 children have died from being left in hot cars. Most children who die in hot cars are under two years old. Since the beginning of 2017, twenty-three children have already died in hot cars. In most of these cases, according to NoHeatStroke.org, the caregiver responsible has simply forgotten the child in the backseat. One psychology professor says that this happens because ...
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  • Maryland Health Department Issues Salmonella Warning about Caribena-Brand Maradol Papayas

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 20-Jul-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. The Maryland State Department of Health recently issued a warning for consumers of Caribena's yellow Maradol papayas as part of an ongoing investigation of Salmonella contamination. The June 19, 2017, press release involves Caribena-brand papayas that were distributed throughout Maryland grocery stores. Further investigation into the ...
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  • Can I Use a GoPro to Show Fault After a Bicycle Accident?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 19-Jul-2017

    Social media users across the country are sharing video footage from a bicycle accident captured by a cyclist who was wearing a GoPro. In the video, a large SUV is seen speeding away after clipping another cyclist. Thanks to the video footage, law enforcement had the make and model of the vehicle. Police made an arrest shortly after the accident. Fortunately, the cyclist involved in the accident ...
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  • Amusement Park Safety Guidelines

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 18-Jul-2017

    Amusement park season isin full swing. However, it is important to keep in mind the risks involved when taking your family for a day of summer fun. While a day at an amusement park can be an exciting adventure, it has the potential to be stressful and exhausting as well. Here are some tips to stay safe, happy, and energized during a trip to an amusement park. Stay hydrated. Bring your own reusable ...
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  • Chipotle in Sterling, Virginia Closes Due to Norovirus Outbreak

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 18-Jul-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. Chipotle Mexican Grill in Sterling, Virginia shut down today due to yet anouther outbreak of illness among Chipotle customers. Since 2015, Chipotle has experienced multiple closures because of foodborne illness outbreaks, including repeated outbreaks of E. coli, salmonella and norovirus. Since then, Chipotle has struggled to restore its ...
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  • Pool Safety Pledge Week

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 17-Jul-2017

    Swimming is a great way to have fun, exercise, and cool off, especially during a record-setting hot summer. Even though it can be a fun activity for the whole family, you should still be careful. In a recent publication, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that from 2012 through 2014, 76% of reported fatal drownings and 74% of nonfatal drownings involved children under five. This ...
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  • Can Medication Mistakes Cause Catastrophic Injuries?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 17-Jul-2017

    Medication mistakes can have profoundly negative health effects on patients and their families. Patients can suffer traumatic brain injuries or even severe disfigurement when doctors or pharmacists provide the incorrect type or dosage of medications. Several weeks ago, a 26-year-old Georgia woman’s story went viral after she shared how a medication mistake sent her to the intensive care ...
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  • Loved One About to Have an Operation? Here's a Hospital Safety Checklist

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 17-Jul-2017

    Hospitals are centers dedicated to our health. As such, we’d love to assume that they are safe spaces by definition. Unfortunately, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins, medical error is now the third most common cause of death in the United States. The silver lining (of sorts) is that we can greatly reduce these risks by being proactive—by doing our due diligence. If you have a ...
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  • FSIS Report: Sabrett Hot Dogs Recalled - Bone Fragment Contamination

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 17-Jul-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), Marathon Enterprises Inc., makers of various Sabrett, Western Beef, 1906 Premium beef and pork hot dog and sausage products recently recalled over 7 million pounds of hot dog products. These items were recalled because of contamination with ...
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  • Summer Camp Food Poisoning: What to Do if Your Child Becomes a Victim

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 14-Jul-2017

    For a couple of weeks each year, summer camps across the nation provide opportunities for kids to have fun, gain new experiences and form new relationships (not to mention a bit of rest for the parents!). However, occasionally good experiences turn bad, especially if a bout of food poisoning sweeps through the camp. The USDA says foodborne illnesses naturally peak in the summertime due to warmer ...
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  • Are IKEA's MALM Dressers Still a Threat to Consumers?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 14-Jul-2017

    If you regularly buy furniture from IKEA, you may want to stick around and finish reading this blog. According an article recently published by the Philadelphia Inquirer, many of IKEA’s MALM dressers that were recalled last year still pose a threat to consumers. The article, which interviewed safety advocates with the Consumer Federation of America, found that only 3 percent of IKEA’s ...
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  • Tips for Teaching Your Children about Safety

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 13-Jul-2017

    Summer vacation is a great time to hang out with your kids. While places like baseball games, amusement parks, and county fairs are fun places to bring children, they are also often packed full of people and it can be easy for children and parents to lose each other. Losing a child even just for a few minutes can be terrifying, so it’s important to do all you can to make sure that even if ...
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  • Summer Home Improvement Safety Tips

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 12-Jul-2017

    During the warm days of summer, we tend to be more active in and around our homes with various home improvement projects, which can sometimes lead to accidents and injury. In fact, the CDC reports that in 2013 alone, Americans visited the E.R. more than 28 million times for unintentional injuries! With a bit of forethought and care, many of these accidents can be avoided, however. If you’re ...
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  • Can This Device Save Children from Hot Car Deaths?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 12-Jul-2017

    An 11-year-old Texas boy determined to prevent hot car deaths has created “Oasis”, a device that senses when children have been left behind in vehicles. Oasis attaches to the headrest, and alerts parents and the police when children have been left alone in hot vehicles. The device also blows cold air on children until help arrives. Vehicles need a device like Oasis. According to the ...
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  • What Are Arcing Incidents?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 10-Jul-2017

    On June 23, WMATA temporarily suspended Red Line service at two locations. Service was suspended between Medical Center and Grosvenor, as well as Dupont Circle and Van Ness. According to WMATA, two arcing incidents were to blame for the temporary shutdown. More than a dozen DC Metro arcing incidents have occurred since the start of 2017. In April, DC Metro services along the Red Line at Farragut ...
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  • Can Defective Appliances Cause Fires?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 7-Jul-2017

    Common appliances that include washing machines and dishwashers may cause devastating house and structure fires. In fact, this type of risk is being discussed worldwide after it was discovered the Grenfell Tower fire in London may have been sparked by a Hotpoint fridge. An estimated 79 people died in Grenfell Tower early last month. However, appliance fires are also a common occurrence here in the ...
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  • How to Handle an Uber or Lyft Injury

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 6-Jul-2017

    By providing an inexpensive and convenient alternative to the taxi cab industry, rideshare giants Uber and Lyft have exploded in popularity. Today, hundreds of thousands of people per day summon rides and get where they need to go from one of thousands of drivers on the road at any one time. This means the odds of getting in to a car accident while in an Uber of Lyft vehicle are higher today than ...
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  • Five Reasons Pedestrians Get Hit in the City

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 5-Jul-2017

    Every year more than 70,000 pedestrians are injured in car accidents, making them involved in more than 13% of all vehicle-related fatalities. This is particularly true in urban areas where the large amount of cars and pedestrians mingling together on the streets creates a number of situations where a pedestrian can be struck and injured. Why do these occur? There are many reasons. Let’s ...
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  • Why Are Wire Grill Brushes Causing Internal Injuries?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 5-Jul-2017

    If you use a wire grill brush, you may want to stick around and continue reading today’s blog. Bristles on these products can break off during cleaning and become stuck to your grill’s surface. The next time you fire up your grill to make food, you or others could accidently ingest these bristles. After being eaten, these bristles can become imbedded in the mouth or throat. In the ...
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  • Fireworks Accident Statistics-and How to Avoid Becoming One of Them

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 3-Jul-2017

    Few places around the country celebrate Independence Day quite like our nation’s capital. However, with all the fireworks activity destined to occur around the DC area this year, there’s no better time to be mindful of the inherent dangers they present and the importance of celebrating safely. Before you begin lighting up those fireworks this year, consider the following: Approximately ...
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  • A Few Grill and Food Safety Guidelines for Your July 4th Celebration

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 3-Jul-2017

    As the Fourth of July approaches, Americans across the country prepare to celebrate the holiday by gathering family and friends together for barbecues. While barbecue season peaks in the summer; food and grill related safety becomes increasingly important. To make certain that your Fourth of July remains accident-free, remember to practice caution and care when operating a grill. The National Fire ...
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