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Seattle’s Bike-Sharing Program Is Over

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 22, 2017

The Seattle bike-sharing program known as Pronto didn’t have a very long life. It began in October 2014 and the last ride was taken in March 2017. But while many predicted that this bike-sharing program would see lots of injuries, that wasn’t the case—as it turns out, there were few riders involved in accidents. Instead, Pronto may have ended, in part, because of Seattle’s own helmet laws. Read the rest »

Posted in: Bicycle Accident

What to Do If You’re Hit by a Segway

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 18, 2017

If you’re hit by a car while out walking, it’s relatively easy to know who’s at fault for the accident. Most of the time, it’s the driver of the car. But what do you do if you’re hit and injured by a Segway? Who can be held liable? For that, the answer is less clear, and depends on the circumstances. Read the rest »

Posted in: Segway Accident

Three Teenagers Killed in Alderwood Mall Parkway Crash

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

A fatal crash that occurred just outside of Lynwood, Washington, on July 27th has left three teenagers dead and another one in the hospital. Since the teens may have been somewhat negligent, it’s raised the question of liability, leaving many wondering what exactly caused this accident and who’s to blame. Read the rest »

Just How Tough Is It to Become an NADC Attorney? (And Why Should I Want One?)

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 31, 2017

Attorneys are getting awards all the time, aren’t they? (Not necessarily.) Why should I care that my legal advocate is listed in Super Lawyers®, or named “Top 100 Litigation Lawyers,” or rated a perfect “10” on Avvo?

Let’s answer that question with another question. Would you rather have a heart surgeon who has received the American Surgical Association’s Medallion of Achievement … or one who hasn’t?

We agree.

A lawyer’s awards are living proof that he’s doing a good job for his clients and community. The fact that Joseph Pendergast III of Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S., was chosen for the National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s 2017 list of Nation’s Top Attorneys is an honor, and we want to share exactly why.

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Posted in: Law Firm News

Is Scheduling Multiple Surgeries at the Same Time a Risk?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 29, 2017

Close-up of gloved hands passing the surgical scissors, operating room, hospitalUndergoing surgery, at any time or for any reason, can be a scary experience. It’s for this reason that so many patients, particularly those undergoing cosmetic surgery, wonder if it’s possible to get multiple surgeries done at the same time; even when the different surgeries require different surgeons. While this may be a perfectly safe option, for the most part, surgeons usually advise against it. Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

If Someone Is Illegally on Your Property and Gets Hurt, Can He Sue You?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 28, 2017

private-property-warning-no-trespassing-fence-gatePremises liability law in Seattle states that property owners are responsible for ensuring that any visitor will be kept safe while on their property. But there is a caveat: when someone is trespassing or otherwise on the property illegally, the property owner is not responsible for his or her safety.

The law seems very clear on this point. So why then, in some cases, are property owners still held liable when someone is on their property illegally and that person is hurt?

It depends on the situation. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Liability

Look Down: the Dangers of Walking and Texting

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 27, 2017

Woman hand texting on a smart phone in the streetYou’ve probably seen the type of video that shows a person walking while looking down at his phone. The video usually ends with him walking into a pole, falling into a hole, or facing some other kind of danger. But while these videos may provide a good laugh, and no one is usually seriously injured as a result, they do demonstrate the very real danger of looking down at your phone when you’re out walking.

Arguably, most if not all pedestrians today have smartphones on them. And in many instances, they’re using them to text while continuing on their way. But this phenomenon has had some terrible results. Read the rest »

Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

Our Impressive 2017 Scholarship Winner for Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.

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

thumbs-up-celebrate-good-job-businessman-suit-congratulationsWe are thrilled to announce the winner of our 2017 Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. Scholarship. This student astonished us with her intellect, deep compassion for others, amazing determination, and accomplishments to date. We are so happy to award— Read the rest »

Posted in: Law Firm News

Meet the 2017 Scholarship Finalists for Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S.

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 19, 2017

Graduation3 Since our 2017 Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. Scholarship deadline on July 12th, we’ve read over 1,000 essays from across the nation. The applicants, quite frankly, blew us away. And not in mere volume!

These students shared their personal stories. They told us how attending college would be a big step in achieving their future goals, and how they plan on making a mark on the world. In no particular order, here are our ten talented scholarship finalists: Read the rest »

Posted in: Law Firm News

The Different Types of Catastrophic Brain Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 5, 2017

Medical-BrainAny time there is an injury to the head, it should be taken very seriously. The brain is a delicate organ, and once damaged it can be difficult to repair. A catastrophic brain injury is any type of severe injury to the brain. Typically these are caused by a crushing blow to the head or a penetrating wound. They are often life-threatening. Read the rest »

Posted in: Brain Injury

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Rollover Accident
resulting in wrongful death.
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Car Accident$595,000
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injuries to 47-year-old woman.
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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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