Maryland Peanut Butter Food Poisoning

February 23, 2009 by  
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According to data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of February 18, 2009, there were 10 Maryland salmonella food poisoning cases associated with the recent outbreak cause by contaminated peanut butter.

Throughout the United States, there have been 654 confirmed cases of peanut butter food poisoning, giving Maryland only about 1.5% of the nationwide toll in the outbreak.

Baltimore Maryland Food Poisoning Lawyers
Over 650 cases of food poisoning and
9 deaths nationwide have been reported.
At least 10 cases occurred in Maryland.

Only six states have not had any citizens affected by the salmonella outbreak at all: Montana, Alaska, New Mexico, Louisiana, Delaware and South Carolina. The largest number of reports come from Ohio, who has 94 cases. In other mid-Atlantic states near Maryland, Virginia has 21 reports, New Jersey has 23 reports and Pennsylvania has 19.

The Maryland salmonella outbreak has been linked to contaminated peanut butter, peanut paste and peanuts processed by Peanut Corporation of America. Investigations have determined that Peanut Corporation was aware that their product may have been tainted with bacteria that causes food poisoning, yet continued their shipments.

The peanut products produced by Peanut Corporation of America were used as ingredients in thousands of consumer products sold throughout the United States. They were also used in large tubs of peanut butter sold to nursing homes, schools, hospitals and other food service locations, though there is no indication that these large tubs were distributed to Maryland.

Our Maryland food poisoning lawyers are reviewing potential peanut butter lawsuits for any individuals who have been diagnosed with salmonella poisoning after eating any products that contain peanut butter. This could include peanut butter crackers, peanut butter cookies, ice cream with peanut butter or a number of other products.

If you, a friend or family member have suffered symptoms of food poisoning, request a free consultation and claim evaluation. Salmonella typhimurium symptoms could include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever

New Laws May Help Reduce Maryland Teen Driver Accidents

February 11, 2009 by  
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An article in today’s Washington Post outlines several steps being taking by the legislatures in Maryland and Virginia to put limitations on teen drivers, which proponents claim will increase safety on the roads and decrease the risk of teen accidents. Read more

Maryland Surgical Fires News Story

February 3, 2009 by  
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Monday night, on WBAL TV’s 11 o’clock news, a story was presented about the risk of surgical fires that can occur when operating room tools create a spark that ignites flammable materials or gases around the patient. Although these surgery fires are rare, in many cases they can be prevented and may be caused by medical malpractice.

Each year in the United States, there are approximately 600 reports of surgical fires, and about 20 to 30 of these incidents result in severe injury or death for the patient. However, many of these events are never reported, and few medical facilities have the necessary training or safety precautions in place to reduce the risk of the operating room fires.

In recent decades, the occurrence of surgical fires has increased in part due to modern electrosurgical tool sand devices, paper or synthetic drapes replacing cloth drapes and the use of pure oxygen administered to patients during surgery

The WBAL Channel 11 News story highlighted the story of Maryland resident Catherine Lake, whose mother suffered second and third degree burns as a result of a surgical fire during a 2002 operation, which ultimately led to her death two years after the accident.

Lake has created www.surgicalfires.org in an effort to provide people with information about surgical fires and how they can be prevented.

In many states operating room fires do not have to be reported and few regulations are in place to reduce the occurrence of these events. Many are calling for nationwide reporting requirements, increased education and training for hospital staff about fire prevention and preparation, as well as better communication between surgeons and anesthesiologists during operations.

Although Maryland surgical fires are supposed to be reported, WBAL TV reports that under reported.