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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • Autumn Road Dangers: What to Know, and How to Stay Safe

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

    Along with gorgeous fall colors, dipping temperatures and the anticipation of the holidays, the autumn season also brings with it a unique set of road safety issues. In fact, AAA says October is now the 2 nd most dangerous month of the year for driving, and October was 2016’s deadliest month here in Washington DC, according to WTOP. What are some of these fall road dangers, and how can you ...
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  • Trick-or-Treating Safety Tips We Hear and Ignore-and Why We Shouldn't

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

    Every October, we see Internet articles and news reports reminding parents and children to observe basic safety rules about trick-or-treating. Halloween marks the unofficial beginning of the holiday season for many families, and neighborhoods abuzz with costumed children (and adults) can be a lot of fun. However, there’s a legitimate reason why we hear these same safety tips year after year: ...
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  • Can Football Concussions Be Fatal?

    Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 11-Oct-2017

    Football concussions receive a lot of attention from the press because of the possibility athletes may develop chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). While concussions can cause the degenerative brain disease CTE, they may also result in death or permanent disability shortly after an injury occurs. Second-impact syndrome (SIS) is a nickname for brain swelling that can occur when young athletes ...
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  • Are We on the Verge of Revolutionizing Auto Safety?

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

    Despite heightened regulations and a constant string of technological advancements over the years, automobile accidents still injure and kill thousands of us each year—in part due to the sheer numbers of cars on the road, in part due to human error, etc. However, looking at recent trends that have revolutionized and disrupted the auto manufacturing sector, we have reason to believe that ...
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  • Leaf Blower Accidents: The Risks and How to Avoid Them

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

    Along with the changing colors and falling leaves, widespread sightings of leaf blowers are a sure sign that autumn is in full swing. These power tools were designed as an invention of modern convenience, but unfortunately they also cause a fairly high number of accidents and injuries each year—even prompting some movements to ban them entirely. If you use a leaf blower yourself—or if ...
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  • Can Automatic Car Windows Injure Children?

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

    Automatic car windows are found in millions of vehicles sold in the US. However, power windows can also be hazardous to children, especially when they are left unattended. Children may roll the windows up on themselves while trying to stick their heads out of vehicles. Windows can exert intense pressure on the windpipe, leaving children who become caught unable to breathe or scream for help. While ...
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  • Tips for Keeping School Lunches Safer

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

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. As children head back to school this fall, parents and their children should heed a few safety guidelines to help minimize the potential for dangerous bacteria growth in school lunches. Although most of us are fairly lax when it comes to tossing items into our own lunch bags, it's important to remember that children's immune ...
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  • Maradol Papayas Linked to More Salmonella Cases

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

    Posted by Salvatore J, Zambri, founding member and partner. In recent weeks, since my earlier blog post about the salomonella-linked Caribena Maradol papayas warning from the Maryland Department of Health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues its investigation and has issued additional warnings regarding mutiple brands of Mexican papayas. "The U.S. Food and Drug ...
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  • New Bill in Senate Seeks to Protect Children from Heat Stroke in Hot Cars

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

    Many people enjoy being out and about during the warm summer months, but as things heat up, our children can be exposed and vulnerable. Despite all the ongoing efforts to educate parents on the dangers of leaving their children in a hot car even for a few minutes, dozens of children die from heat stroke each year while strapped into their car seats. This is deeply alarming. Nevertheless, only 19 ...
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  • Amazing Lighting Strike Stories (and Lessons We Can Learn to Stay Safe)

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

    Thunderstorms are quite common during the summer months, and most people don’t think twice about them when they happen—but they should. Lightning remains one of the biggest threats in any thunderstorm, responsible for dozens of deaths and injuries each year. Many times these injuries and fatalities occur because people thought they were safe when they really weren’t. Consider the ...
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  • How Extreme Summer Weather Contributes to Car Accidents and How You Can Stay Safe

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

    During the hot days of summer, we generally think of dehydration and heat stroke as the greatest potential dangers to our health. However, car accidents may present another danger this time of year. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety says the summer months typically bring higher numbers of traffic deaths, with July and August being considered the most dangerous months of the year to be on ...
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  • Massive Recall of Glitter iPhone Cases Due to Burns: What You Need to Know

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

    They are shiny, glittery and very popular among young people—but they are also apparently unsafe. Last week, as ABC News reports, the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a massive recall of liquid glitter iPhone cases manufactured by MixBin Electronics after consumers reported receiving skin irritation and chemical burns from them. The recall includes 24 different ...
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