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The Steep Price of Doctor Fatigue

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 17, 2017

When most people contract an illness, or sustain an injury, they turn to their local hospital for treatment. Most hospitals and medical facilities provide patients with exceptional, compassionate care, and provide them with trustworthy and experienced physicians. This is the case with most hospitals, but there are still some medical facilities in our country that subject their physicians and other medical staff members to dangerously long hours. Continue reading to learn more about doctor fatigue and its potential impact on patient care.

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Posted in: Medical Malpractice

How to Avoid Rear End Collisions

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 15, 2017

rear-ended2Rear end collisions are some of the most common types of car crashes in America. They often occur in a split second, and can sometimes be the result of inattention or distraction. Rear end collisions range from fender-benders to serious, deadly crashes, and if the offending party lacks sufficient insurance, issues can become even more complicated. If you are interested in avoiding rear end accidents, you may find the information below appealing.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Out of Towners, Congested Roads, and Car Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 13, 2017

car-accident2Whether it’s for the holidays, a wedding, or any other event, it’s great when family and friends come to visit, especially in Seattle where there’s so much to see and do. But Seattle’s roadways are very busy, especially the I-5 southbound; and Seattle consistently ranks as one of the worst cities to drive in throughout the entire country. So, if your visitors have to go out on the road, how do you make sure they’re safe and don’t get into any accidents?

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Are Your Brake Pads Ready for Winter Weather?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 10, 2017

rainy-drivingDuring the winter months, snow, sleet, and heavy rain can cause serious problems for drivers in all areas of the country. Wintry precipitation, when combined with general driver negligence, account for a spike in traffic accidents during the winter months. Despite this bad news, having your brake pads maintained and ready for the icy roadways is an effective way to reduce your chances of crashing this winter.

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Posted in: Car Accident Injury

For Parents-To-Be, There Are No Dumb Questions You Can Ask Your Doctor

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 8, 2017

diagnosisParents-to-be should never be afraid to ask their doctor questions during pregnancy. And in some cases, a few questions could even prevent major injuries to both mother and child.

When parents are expecting, they have a lot of questions, even if it’s not their first child. Just like every child is different, so is every pregnancy, and things are bound to pop up that are cause for concern. It’s important that parents discuss any questions they have with their doctor, no matter how small the matter may be. Some questions may prevent bigger problems down the line, such as birth injuries. Below are the three most important questions new parents should be asking their doctor.

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Posted in: Birth Injury

Staying Safe While Traveling to Other Cities

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 6, 2017

intersectionTraveling is an American tradition. Each year, millions of families across the country buckle up and head off to visit family members and friends in other cities and states. For all the excitement, traveling does come with a certain degree of risk. In unfamiliar settings, drivers are more likely to have accidents, and in unfamiliar towns, you may not know who to contact if you are injured. If you intend to go out of town in the coming months, or anytime for that matter, keep reading to learn how you can stay safe and avoid trouble.

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Posted in: Personal Injury

The Dangers of Space Heaters at the Office

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 3, 2017

space-heaterWhile we might be able to control how warm our homes are, many employees find that their workplaces are maintained at uncomfortably low temperatures to save on heating expenses. The common solution to this problem is personal space heaters.

Unfortunately, space heaters are a leading cause of fire accidents, injuries, and fatalities. Most of these incidents occur in the home, but they have been known to happen in the workplace as well. Faulty or defective space heaters can be responsible for a host of accidents, including burns, electrocutions, and carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Posted in: Burn Injury

Winter Weather & Premises Liability – Fixing Safety Hazards

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 2, 2017

slip-and-fall3Premises liability cases result from incidents of personal injury or wrongful death caused by a dangerous condition on someone’s property. Premises liability accident victims may bring civil action against a property owner to obtain compensation for damages such as medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages from missed work, pain and suffering, and more. During the holidays and winter months, there are some potential hazards that are unique to this time of year to keep in mind.
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Posted in: Premises Liability

Winter Weather and Bike Riding Safety

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 30, 2017

bicycle-winterBicycling as a means of transportation in Washington continues to be promoted at both the state and local levels of government. The League of American Bicyclists has consistently named WA the most “bicycle friendly” state in the US. The Washington State Bicycle Facility and Pedestrian Walkway Plans were designed to improve connections, increase coordination, and lessen traffic congestion. The quantifiable results that they seek include an annual 5% reduction in collisions and to double the amount of people participating in biking and walking within 20 years. In Seattle, there are an estimated 158,000 bicyclists. The city believes this improves health through exercise, reduces traffic, pollution and fuel consumption, all while helping the local economy, particularly in the retail sector.

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Posted in: Bicycle Accident

Winter Weather and Crosswalk Safety

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 26, 2017

wet-crosswalkWinter brings with it a number of hazards, especially when it comes to Washington State’s roads and highways. But you don’t have to be in a vehicle to be in danger of an accident, pedestrians also need to be aware of the adverse effects of winter weather on the roadways.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

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Degloving Injury$2,400,000
Degloving Injury
from defective power winch.
Wrongful Death$1,925,000
Wrongful Death
from head-on van accident.
Rollover Accident$1,925,000
Rollover Accident
resulting in wrongful death.
Wrongful Death$1,625,000
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from highway design defect.
Car Accident$595,000
Car Accident
injuries to 47-year-old woman.
Wrongful Death$460,695
Wrongful Death
oncoming traffic accident.
Rear-End Collision$450,000
Rear-End Collision
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$390,000
Car Accident
resulting in fractured leg.
Car Sideswipe$390,000
Car Sideswipe
resulting in injured back.
Head-On Collision$372,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in fractured pelvis.
Car Accident$360,000
Car Accident
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$275,000
Car Accident
resulting in jaw fracture.
Overturned Truck$230,000
Overturned Truck
resulting in broken ribs.
Head-On Collision$230,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in shoulder injury.
Motorcycle Accident$225,000
Motorcycle Accident
resulting in leg fracture.

Written by Joseph Pendergast, this book is designed to help people who have suffered a personal injury understand their rights and the steps to take to be sure they get the compensation they deserve.

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