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  • Are Distracted Walking Accidents Increasing?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 30-Jun-2017

    A recent report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) shows fatal pedestrian accidents have increased by 11 percent since last year. In fact, there have been 6,000 fatal pedestrian accidents nationwide since March of 2016. The National Safety Council (NSC) also released a pedestrian safety report and came to similar conclusions. According to the NSC and GHSA, distracted ...
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  • What Are Wrong-Site Surgeries?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 28-Jun-2017

    The Washington Post recently published an article on a medical malpractice case involving a wrong-site surgery. Wrong-site surgeries, which occur when surgeons operate on the wrong part of the body, are a type of medical error that affects 40 patients in the U.S. each week. Due to the shock value of the case, many other media outlets also published articles on the story. In 2013, the plaintiff ...
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  • Five Mistakes Young Drivers Make

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 27-Jun-2017

    We were all young drivers at one point, and we’ve all made mistakes behind the wheel. However, some mistakes are definitely more egregious than others, and those which result in car accidents and serious injuries are the worst of the bunch. Therefore, if you are a young driver who is just starting out behind the wheel, there are some things you should avoid doing while driving at all costs. ...
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  • Sparklers Are NOT Safe for Children

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 27-Jun-2017

    As the Fourth of July approaches, many families are getting excited for barbecues and fireworks. Although fireworks are illegal except in fire-department approved displays, sparklers are not banned. A number of parents parents mistakenly consider sparklers to be safer than fireworks, but sparklers account for more injuries than any other kind of firework, according to this report by the Consumer ...
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  • What Is Dry Drowning?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 26-Jun-2017

    Earlier this month, a 4-year-old Texas boy lost his life after going swimming with his family during the Memorial Day weekend. According to the parents of the boy, their son began showing signs of an upset stomach shortly after he finished swimming. On June 3rd, their son complained of shoulder pain and then laid down for a nap. Hours later, the boy jolted awake and took his last breath. The ...
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  • How Can I Improve My Safety While Riding on Metro Railcars?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 23-Jun-2017

    Over the last several weeks, our blog has discussed possible safety problems found on trains operated by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA). This is an important topic to discuss because Metro railcars have been involved in several fatal accidents during the last decade. It also may be possible to improve your safety in the event of a DC Metro accident. During the summer of ...
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  • How Can I Check My Vehicle Safety Features?

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

    Modern vehicles come packed with advanced safety features that are designed to decrease the risk of a car accident. For example, forward collision systems can automatically apply the brakes or adjust headlights. Other safety features issue audible warnings if you are at risk of departing from your lane. However, these features are most effective when you know how they work. This is the idea behind ...
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  • The Most Insane Car Defects in History (Part 2)

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

    When vehicles consist of thousands of moving parts (and more recently, on-board computers), defects become statistically inevitable—although good car companies will proactively test and issue recalls as needed to ensure safety. Continuing our thread from the previous post, let’s look at a few more of history’s craziest automobile defects. Ford’s Fire-starting Ignition ...
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  • Can Phone Manufacturers Help Prevent Distracted Driving?

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

    Last November, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) called upon app developers and smartphone manufacturers to help curb the number of distracted driving accidents in the US. This call to action was warranted, as distracted driving caused 3,477 deaths and 391,000 injuries during 2015 alone. NHTSA asked phone manufacturers to create software that would work with vehicle ...
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  • The Most Insane Car Defects in History (Part 1)

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

    Despite all the modern advances in design and technology over the years, automobiles continue to be produced with some of the most unpredictable defects imaginable. While some of these problems amount to little more than inconveniences, other defects prove downright dangerous or deadly, often resulting in massive recalls. Check out this partial list of the most unusual vehicle defects ever ...
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  • What are Common Causes of Medication Mistakes?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 16-Jun-2017

    Medication mistakes have the potential to cause permanent injuries or death to patients. Take for example the recent case of a Georgia woman whose skin “melted off” after she was given the wrong dosage of a medication prescribed for depression. Due to the excessive dosage she received, the woman developed Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, a condition that causes the skin to peel off and ...
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  • Worried about Inadequate Treatment? Watch for These Warning Signs in Your Doctor's Office

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 15-Jun-2017

    With medical error now being listed as the third most common cause of death in the United States, we must be vigilant like never before and take responsibility for our own treatment and care. Thankfully, you can protect yourself from many possible instances of medical malpractice or inadequate treatment just by keeping your eyes and ears open. Many times, the atmosphere or appearance of your ...
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  • Why Does Summer Time Mark the 100 Deadliest Days for Teenage Drivers?

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

    Memorial Day marked the start of the 100 deadliest days for teenage drivers. Car crashes involving teenagers increase by 15 percent between Memorial Day and Labor Day. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (AAA), more than 5,000 teenagers have died in car accidents during this 100-day period over the last five years. During the summer months, teenagers are likely to be driving with ...
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  • Why Are E-Cigarettes Causing Catastrophic Injuries?

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

    Lithium-ion batteries used in electronic cigarettes have gained notoriety for causing catastrophic injuries to people. These batteries can explode when they undergo uncontrollable overheating, a process known as a thermal runaway effect. However, due to the design of e-cigarette batteries, thermal runaway effects are more likely to cause injuries when they occur. Many batteries in e-cigarettes are ...
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  • Dangers of Bad Doctor Handwriting: Real or Imagined?

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

    “All doctors have bad handwriting.” Though obviously not true of all doctors, the stereotype of a doctor’s “chicken scratch” has been the subject of jokes for many decades. However, if a pharmacist can’t read the prescription, or if a colleague can’t read your doctor’s notes on your medical file, can it cause problems with your treatment? Is bad ...
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  • Tips for Keeping the Elderly Safe During Summer Heat

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

    As summer weather approaches, the D.C. area typically experiences numerous days of high temperatures and humidity, sometimes for several days at a time. The elderly may be especially vulnerable to overheating and heat stroke during these heat waves, and some may be unable to find relief on their own. What can we do to look out for our older friends, neighbors and relatives during these times of ...
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  • Should I Hire an Attorney After a Truck Accident?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 9-Jun-2017

    Semi-trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when they are fully loaded. Even minor collisions at low speeds can destroy lives. Accident survivors or their grieving family members can suffer devastating physical injuries and financial losses. For this reason, it is important for victims of truck accidents to call an attorney. A truck accident lawsuit can help cover costs caused by medical bills, pain ...
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  • Virginia Sprout Grower Recalls Soybean Sprouts after Positive Listeria Test

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 8-Jun-2017

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. According to a recent press release by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Good Seed Inc. (Happy Sprout Inc.) is voluntarily recalling all packages of soybean sprouts produced in its Springfield, Virginia, facility. During a routine surveillance sampling by the Food Safety Program of the Virginia Department of ...
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  • Common Summer Allergies in the Washington, D.C. Area

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 8-Jun-2017

    If you live in or around Washington, D.C. and you feel like the summer allergy seasons are getting more intense each year—you’re not wrong. As the Washington Post reports, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has been tracking a 20-year trend of rising pollen counts in the DC area, and expert consensus is that it will only get worse as the warm seasons continue to get longer ...
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  • Is Social Media Uncovering Possible DC Metro Safety Problems?

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

    Individual social media users and press outlets have uploaded a series of photos and videos that show DC Metro services in disarray. Some of these photos and videos show possibly unsafe conditions for passengers. For example, a DC Metro passenger recently uploaded video footage of the wrong train doors opening at an elevated Red Line station. Passengers on the train were exposed to a two-to-three ...
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  • Was My Dodge Ram Recalled?

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

    Fiat Chrysler has issued a recall for more than 1.2 million pickup trucks due to a dangerous software error. According to Fiat Chrysler, the software error can temporarily disable the side air bags and seat belt pretensioners during rollover crashes. It is important to know whether your vehicle is affected by this recall because side air bags and seatbelt pretensioners can save your life. The ...
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  • How Do I Check for Recalled Children's Products?

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

    It is important for parents to stay informed on recalls involving children’s products. Some recalled children’s products may cause catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. For example, Graco has recalled more than 25,000 child car seats that pose a danger to children. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Graco’s My Ride 65 seats produced ...
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  • Six Excellent Resources to Learn About Camp Safety

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

    Summer is upon us, which means at some point, many of our kids will be heading off to camp. Without taking proper precautions, however, many children come home from camp sick or injured. To reduce risks and help parents maintain peace of mind, we’ve curated the following excellent resources on camp safety so kids can stay as safe as possible. WebMD: Keeping Kids Safe at Summer Camp This ...
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  • What are the Most Common Medical Mistakes in Hospitals?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 2-Jun-2017

    Health care professionals are tasked with ensuring the people they care for are safe from harm. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of thousands of instances per year where patients suffer catastrophic injuries or wrongful death at the hands of medical professionals. A study released by the British Medical Journal ( BMJ ) claims medical mistakes are the third leading cause of death in the United ...
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  • Can Food Poisoning Cause Death or Disability?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 1-Jun-2017

    According to the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), one in six Americans suffer from food poisoning each year. Some of these people will become extremely ill, and may pass away or suffer lifelong complications as a result. Food poisoning victims may suffer from health conditions that include: Liver or kidney failure Miscarriage (for pregnant women infected with Listeria ) Meningitis, an ...
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