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  • A Surprising Cause of Medical Errors: Depressed Nurses

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

    Medical professionals can make mistakes for all kinds of reasons, not the least of which is sleep deprivation due to lengthy shifts. But as Ohio State University recently reported, new research has revealed another culprit: Depressed nurses. The study, which surveyed a cross section demographic of nurses nationwide, revealed some startling statistics. For example: Fifty-four percent of the nurses ...
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  • WATCH Releases its 2017 Dangerous Toys List for the Holiday Season

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

    The holiday season is fast-approaching. Many parents have already started shopping for gifts. Each year, consumer safety groups like World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) warn parents about toys that may harm their children. WATCH has compiled a list of unsafe toys for the past four decades. This year’s list was recently published online. The list for 2017 includes the following toys: ...
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  • NHTSA Pilot Program Will Warn Maryland Residents of Auto Recalls

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 29-Nov-2017

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is launching a pilot program that could help warn Maryland residents when their vehicles have unfixed recalls. In 2016, there were 927 recalls in the US that covered more than 53 million vehicles. Many recalls remain unfixed. Some auto defects could cause death of catastrophic injuries, even during minor collisions. For example, as of ...
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  • A Safety Compendium: Real Risks versus Perceived Risks (Part 2)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 29-Nov-2017

    Do you find it interesting how often we confuse perceived risk with actual, and how we prepare for one while ignoring the other? Continuing our thread of conversation, let’s look at a few more examples. Murder versus the Flu Some interesting numbers here: The CDC says approximately 15,872 Americans die from homicide every year, yet Harvard estimates 36,000 Americans die from the flu ...
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  • Are Youth Football Players at Risk for Brain Injuries?

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

    An estimated three million Americans between the ages of six to 17 play tackle football each year. However, recent studies have found that tackle football carries an enormous health risk for young athletes. Youth football players are at risk for several types of serious injuries that can affect them for the rest of their lives. A recent article published by the Richmond Times Dispatch went into ...
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  • A Safety Compendium: Real Risks versus Perceived Risks (Part 1)

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

    As complex and advanced as the human psyche is, it’s remarkable how often and how easily our minds can be tricked. One key example of this phenomenon is our perception of risk versus actual risk. We are more fearful of things that are statistically unlikely than we are of dangers that lurk around us every day. Overall, we’d live much safer lives if we could differentiate more clearly ...
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  • Crucial Cooking Tips for Preventing a House Fire

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

    Do you regularly cook for family, friends or yourself? If you are cooking with an oven or stovetop, then it is important to be cautious to prevent a house fire. You may use the following safety tips to reduce the chance of a fire. Do not leave the kitchen while you are cooking food in the oven or on a stovetop. Stay with the food in case it begins to burn. Periodically check on food that is ...
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  • The Dangers of Leftover Halloween Candy and What to Do About Them

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 25-Nov-2017

    Halloween is over, the costumes are put away and the ghouls have gone back to their lairs—but the danger still lurks, in the form of leftover Halloween candy. For some families, there’s enough candy lying around to last until next Halloween—but of course, the kids won’t let it sit that long if they have any say about it. What are some of the risks involved with these ...
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  • Do I Have a Third-Party Claim?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 24-Nov-2017

    Workplace accidents may cause severe injuries that leave you temporarily or permanently unable to return to work. In most cases, you would apply for workers’ compensation benefits to cover a portion of your medical expenses and lost income. You would likely be unable to file a lawsuit against your employer under most circumstances. However, it may be possible that a third party caused the ...
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  • Thanksgiving Eve Driving Dangers-By the Numbers

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

    Food, family and football: Thanksgiving is by far one of the most significant holidays of our year, marking not only the official start of the holiday season but also one of the busiest times of year for travelers. Unfortunately, the increased traffic and festivity also makes Thanksgiving eve one of the most dangerous days to be on the road. Let’s look at a few statistics: Thanksgiving 2012 ...
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  • What Are Four Possible Birth Injuries?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Nov-2017

    Birth injuries can significantly reduce the quality of life for newborns and their family members. In some cases, newborns may recover from birth injuries. However, other types of injuries may cause lifelong complications. There are different types of birth injuries newborns can suffer before, during or after delivery. Four common types of birth injuries may include: Brain injuries : Oxygen ...
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  • A Catalog of Common Bacterial and Viral Infections Contracted in Hospitals (Part 2)

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 22-Nov-2017

    Despite being a haven for the sick, hospitals can often be breeding grounds for a wide range of bacterial and viral infections, many of which are preventable. Let’s continue our overview into some of the most common diseases you can contract in a hospital. Mycobacterium abscessus. Related to the bacteria that cause tuberculosis and leprosy, M. abscessus typically causes infections in the ...
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  • Recall Safety Part 1: Who is Responsible for Recalling Products in the US?

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

    Thousands of product recalls are conducted each year. Recalls may be initiated once defects are discovered by regulators or manufacturers. Products can also be recalled for failing to meet safety standards. For food products, recalls may be initiated if they are mislabeled or contaminated by pathogens. It is important to stay informed on recalls because defective products may cause catastrophic ...
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  • A Catalog of Common Bacterial and Viral Infections Contracted in Hospitals (Part 1)

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

    Ironically, one of the places where you’re most likely to get sick is in a hospital, a place intended to make you well. Hospitals and other medical facilities are notorious for the presence of disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Sometimes these infections occur simply because more sick people are gathered in one place, or because hospital patients often have suppressed immune systems. ...
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  • Does Your Home Contain Recalled IKEA Dressers?

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

    Recalled IKEA dressers that are linked to the deaths of multiple children can still be found in millions of homes across the country. In 2016, roughly 30 million IKEA dressers were covered by the recall. During 2015, IKEA launched a repair program for 27 million of these dressers, including almost seven million from its popular MALM line. The dressers were believed to be responsible for two fatal ...
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  • Common Classroom Injuries, and Ways to Stay Safe

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

    As summer draws to a close and the kids head back to school, we’d do well to remember that forgotten habits can sometimes lead to accidents. While our schools do all they can to keep our children safe, occasionally classroom injuries occur, especially when kids become careless. When are the children most at risk, and what can they do to stay safe? Playground Injuries For elementary school ...
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  • Homecoming Dance Safety Tips for Teens and Parents

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

    As the biggest social event of the fall, Homecoming is often considered a rite of passage for high schoolers. Unfortunately, the dangers of peer pressure, underage drinking, drug use and drunk driving also lurk in the shadows. To ensure the homecoming dance remains a happy memory, take the following safety tips into account. Talk to Your Children Never mind the inevitable eye rolls; evidence shows ...
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  • Autumn Weather, and the Dangers It Presents to the Elderly

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

    Many of us look forward to the end of summer—the cooler autumn temperatures, the changing leaves, the chance to pull that favorite sweater out of storage, and so on. However, autumn also brings a few unique risks and dangers to our elderly neighbors and loved ones. What are some of these risks, and how can we take steps to protect the elderly during this season? Fallen Leaves Bright fall ...
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  • Homecoming Football Game Concussions-Statistics, Dangers, Prevention

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

    The annual high school homecoming football game is a tradition for many towns, schools and families—but with football’s increasing popularity comes increased risk, as well. Among the possible injuries sustained by athletes in homecoming games, concussion is one of the most common and the most dangerous, leading the CDC to declare it a serious public health problem. Concussion ...
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  • Cyberbullying by the Numbers: What You Need to Know

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

    Bullying at school has taken a turn for the worse in recent years. The Internet is supposed to bring people closer together, but it is often used to isolate others and cause emotional trauma. Many people feel a sense of anonymity on the Internet, often translating into hateful behavior they wouldn’t exhibit otherwise—and because our kids use technology to communicate, they are often ...
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  • What Are Common Causes of Hospital Slip and Fall Accidents?

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

    Slips and falls are a common reason why patients are harmed while seeking treatment in US hospitals. Although these accidents are more likely to affect the elderly and children, slip and fall accidents can happen to patients of all age groups. Hospital slip and fall accidents may be caused by: Poor supervision : Nurses and other hospital staff must frequently check up on patients. In some cases, ...
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  • Do You Own a Recalled Diono Car Seat?

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

    Diono has issued a recall for more than 500,000 child safety seats sold in the US. According to the manufacturer, internal crash-testing revealed that children over 65 pounds who use these seats may not be protected in the event of a crash. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the company claim that children in this group have an increased risk of suffering chest or head ...
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  • What Is the Safest Color Car to Drive, and Why? (Hint: You Probably Won't Like It.)

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

    Is there a car color that is safer on the road than others? Studies have narrowed it down to two—and from a strictly statistical point of view, you probably won’t care for either. Here’s a hint: Have you ever wondered why virtually all New York taxis are yellow? It’s true: Studies have shown that of all available colors, lime yellow is the most visible color against nearly ...
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  • Five Crucial Thanksgiving Driving Tips to Prevent Car Accidents

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

    Did you know that the Thanksgiving Weekend is considered one of the deadliest times of year for American drivers? According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are more car accident deaths on Thanksgiving than any other American holiday. There were 764 fatal car crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday in 2012. By comparison, Labor Day and Independence Day ...
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  • National Food Recall Announced Over Listeria Contamination

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

    Mann Packing has issued a nationwide recall for packaged vegetable products sold across the country. The California-based vegetable supplier claims the recalled products may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, a dangerous bacterium. Mann Packing supplied the recalled veggies to some of the largest grocery stores in the country. Walmart, Whole Foods, Albertson’s, Trader Joe’s, ...
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