2016 February Archive

Three Most Common Causes of Wrongful Death in Washington

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 27, 2016

A wrongful death is any wrongful or negligent act by a personal or a corporation that lead to a person’s death. These claims are brought by the victim’s surviving family members. Wrongful death claims can help cover the victim’s medical bills, funeral costs, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Many claims will also consider the pain and suffering of the victim’s family.

Here are the most common causes of wrongful death claims we see here in the State of Washington: Read the rest »

Posted in: Wrongful Death

What are the Most Common Washington Medical Malpractice Claims?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 24, 2016

Medical malpractice happens when a doctor or other professional health care worker makes a negligent mistake while providing care that hurts a patient. In these cases, a patient is injured because the medical professional failed to act with a reasonable standard of care. According to the National Practitioner Data Bank, there are almost 20,000 medical malpractice lawsuits in the United States each year.

Considering the millions of hospital visits Americans make, 20,000 is a pretty small number. But, that’s still 20,000 people who got hurt that shouldn’t have. That’s enough people to fill a basketball arena. Here are the most common medical malpractice claims: Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Washington State Car Accident Facts

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 20, 2016

There are over 200 million licensed drivers in America. With that many people on the road, accidents are going to happen. The United States Department of Transportation estimates about 7 million car accidents happen nationwide each year. No matter how safe a driver you are, there’s a good chance you’ll get into at least one accident in your lifetime. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Bothell Woman Killed on Highway 2

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 17, 2016

A 20-year-old woman from Bothell was killed in a Washington car accident when the 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe she was a passenger in struck a 2012 Mazda CX9. The fatal car crash occurred on State Route 2 near Skykomish. Officials say the 21-year-old driver of the Tahoe crossed the center-line for unknown reasons and struck the Mazda. Read the rest »

Posted in: Wrongful Death

Woman Injured as Car Crashes Into Port Washington

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 13, 2016

A woman suffered life-threatening injuries when the car she was driving tipped over into the Port Washington Narrows waters. The car accident occurred near the 3500 block of Tracyton Beach Road NW north of NW Carter Farms Court in Tracyton. Officials say the road was slippery in that area, but they aren’t sure what caused the vehicle to enter the water and turn over. The driver was trapped inside the vehicle, which was completely submerged. Firefighters detected a heartbeat and resuscitated the driver. Read the rest »

Pedestrians Struck Near SeaTac

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 10, 2016

One man was killed and another pedestrian was injured in a Washington car accident, which officials believe involved a drunk driver. The fatal pedestrian accident occurred in the 15000 block of Military Road South in Tukwila. Officials say the pedestrians were in a dark, but well-populated area where pedestrians regularly cross back and forth outside the crosswalks. One of the victims was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition and later died. The female driver failed a field sobriety test. She was arrested on suspicion of vehicular homicide. Read the rest »

Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

Fish Truck Accident Near SeaTac Proves Fatal

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 7, 2016

A 42-year-old woman was killed and four others were injured in a Washington car accident between an SUV and a semi-truck hauling frozen fish. The fatal truck accident occurred on Interstate 5 near the 200th Street exit near SeaTac. Officials say the driver of the SUV, for unknown reasons, let the vehicle cross the center-line, where it hit the truck. The semi rolled over, taking the SUV with it.

One of the passengers in the SUV died at the scene. The driver was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition and a third person in the SUV sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The driver and passenger in the semi truck were hospitalized as well. Read the rest »

Posted in: Truck Accident

Will Smith Film Concussion Exposes Football’s Risk to the Human Brain

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 3, 2016

The film Concussion starring Will Smith focused on the risks of repeated traumatic brain injury faced by players of one of our country’s favorite sports: football. In the movie, Smith portrays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a University of Pittsburg neuropathologist whose research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football players who suffered repeated concussions. His findings went largely ignored by the National Football League (NFL) until Omalu’s dogged push for player protections could no longer be ignored. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Top Three Most Common Washington Medical Malpractice Injuries Surprise Most Patients

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 1, 2016

When you hear the terms, “medical error”, “medical mistake,” or “medical malpractice injury,” most people picture surgeons operating on the wrong body part or leaving tools and equipment inside the patient.  While these errors do happen, they are less common than many others.  As experienced Seattle medical malpractice lawyers know, the most common medical malpractice injuries are often surprising. Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

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