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The Virginia Defective Product Lawyer: Lead Poisoning

The Virginia Defective Product Lawyer: Lead Poisoning

Virginia defective products can sometimes contain toxins that can cause serious damage to you or your family’s health. Today, Parrish Law Firm, PLLC takes a look at a common toxin that could be found in defective products: lead.

The Facts

  • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, at least 4 million households are being exposed to lead.
  • Around 1.5 million children ages 1-5 have blood lead levels higher than the CDC recommended safe level
  • Children under the age of 6 are most at risk of lead exposure.
  • Lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust are the most common sources of lead poisoning; lead-based paint has been found in some children’s toys.

Prevention Tips

  • Regularly wash children’s hands and toys.
  • Pay attention to product recalls. Companies may discover a toxin in their product after it hits the shelves and advise the consumer to return or dispose of the item.
  • Avoid using cosmetics that may contain lead.
  • Wet-mop floors on a regular basis. Household dust is a major source of lead, and regular dusting and mopping can make sure the dust does not accumulate.

If a defective product has resulted in the suffering of you or a loved one, contact us today. We work hard to get you fair compensation. Call us at 703-906-4229 or fill out a free case consultation.

Virginia Pedestrian Injuries: Those At Risk and Safety Tips

The pedestrian accident attorney at Parrish Law Firm, PLLC encourages all pedestrians to take safety into their own hands. Roads are dangerous, especially for vulnerable pedestrians who do not have two tons of steal protection like the fellow citizens they share the road with.

The Stats

In the next 24-hour cycle, about 324 people will require emergency department aid as a result of a pedestrian-related accident, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In the next 120 minutes, one pedestrian will die from injuries sustained in a traffic collision.

Male pedestrians are at a higher risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident as compared to females, and Black and Native American pedestrians are at a higher risk than Caucasians. Pedestrians between the ages of 10 and 29 years are more likely to visit an emergency room as a result of a motor-vehicle collision than all other ages.

Alcohol notably increases the risks of a pedestrian dying from a car or truck accident, as 36 percent of all pedestrian deaths in 2007 involved a pedestrian that was intoxicated (BAC greater than 0.07).

Children are also at a higher risk, as almost 20 percent of pedestrian traffic deaths involve kids 14 years old or younger. The age range of 5-14 years old is at the highest risk.

Pedestrian Safety Tips

  • Always use a designated crosswalk when crossing an intersection.
  • Keep an eye out for vehicles that do not yield to the right of way of pedestrians at an intersection, especially those vehicles making left hand and right hand turns onto other streets.
  • Just like a bicyclist, wear reflective clothing and carry a flashlight when walking at night.
  • Walk on the sidewalk when available, but if you’re forced to walk on the street, do so facing on-coming traffic.

Parrish Law Firm, PLLC works with Virginia pedestrians who have been injured in motor-vehicle accidents and are looking to file a personal injury claim in an attempt to receive compensation. Call our veteran lawyer today at 703-906-4229 or fill out a free case consultation form.

The Dangers of Lead Exposure: Keeping Virginia Children Safe this Holiday

It’s December, so if you haven’t started your holiday toy shopping for your little ones, it’s time to dive in. Before you do though, make sure to read these facts on the hazards of lead, courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to make sure your toys are safe for your children.

About Lead

Lead is odorless and invisible to the eye, making it impossible to simply spot. Children who play with defective toys may come into contact with lead paint or dust, especially as they place objects into their mouth.

Beware of toys made in other countries and imported to the U.S. for sale, as well as collectable or antique toys that have been in the family for more than one generation, as these toys likely contain levels of lead that put children at risk.

The Use of Lead in Toys

Lead is used in two phases of toy production:

  • Paint – While lead has been banned in house paint and paint on children’s toys in the U.S. since 1978, many other countries still use it. Be cautious of imported toys, as well as toys that were made prior to the 1978 cut-off.
  • Plastic – Lead’s use in manufacturing plastics is regulated but not banned. Lead works to secure and soften the plastic, but can be exposed when detergents, air, and sunlight breaks the product down.

Test a Toy for Lead

While there are at-home testing kits to test toys for lead, they may not be accurate in detecting low levels that can still cause exposure risks to children. A visit to a certified laboratory is the ideal way to test a toy for lead content.

Lead Exposure

If you think your child has been exposed to a defective toy with lead, immediately get rid of the suspected toy and visit your health care provider to get your child’s blood tested for lead levels. Treatment options will be available upon the outcome of the blood test.

Wegmans Recall Salad Due to E. Coli Outbreak

Wegmans is recalling salad greens that have been linked to an E. coli outbreak in New York, reports Foodpoisoningbulletin.com. The products in question include Wegmans Food You Feel Good About Organic Spinach & Spring Mix, which is sold in clamshell containers in both 5 ounce and 11-ounce sizes. So far, at least sixteen cases have been reported in New York. The firm stated that only products with a use-by-date of October 23 were linked to the illnesses.

The New York State Department of Health, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are collaborating with the FDA to investigate the outbreak with federal and state officials. E. coli can lead to serious kidney damage, stroke, coma, and death. Wegmans urges consumers who have eaten the recalled salad and develop symptoms to contact their health care providers.

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