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2016 March Archive

Seattle Medical Malpractice FAQs

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 28, 2016

Any time you visit a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office, you’re putting your trust in health care professionals. When these professionals make a mistake, people get very hurt. Below is some information on medical malpractice laws in Washington.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice happens when a health care professional’s negligence lead to a patient’s injury. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and hospitals are among the health care professionals that can be held accountable in a medical malpractice claim. Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

What to Do if A Loved One Suffers Paraplegia in an Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 23, 2016

Paraplegia is a kind of paralysis that causes the loss of function in the trunk area and lower limbs of the body. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of injuries that leave someone suffering paraplegia. Paraplegia can leave a person suffering loss of movement, temporary or persistent tingling feelings, and prickling or burning sensations.

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has helped many people and their families file personal injury claims against the parties responsible for paraplegia injuries. Here are the steps we recommend taking after a loved one suffers a paraplegia injury: Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Common Seattle Quadriplegia Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 21, 2016

The human body can take a great deal of punishment, but there are some areas that are incredibly delicate and sensitive. Injury or trauma with the wrong amount of impact or pressure on the head, neck, or spine can cause paralysis. Each year, over 10,000 people are diagnosed with quadriplegia in the U.S.

What is Quadriplegia?

There are three different types of paralysis injuries: paraplegia, hemiplegia, and quadriplegia. Paraplegia is a paralysis of the lower body. Hemiplegia is a paralysis of one side of the body. Quadriplegia is the most serious paralysis. Quadriplegia affects the upper and lower body, usually from the shoulder below. Quadriplegia sufferers can have trouble breathing, along with their mobility issues. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Who is At Fault for a Seattle Misdiagnosed Heart Attack? 

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 16, 2016

Failure to diagnose or treat a heart attack can have fatal consequences. Heart attacks (myocardial infarction) are often misdiagnosed by emergency room doctors, triage nurses, medical student interns, attending doctors, urgent care center physicians, physician assistants, consulting cardiologists, paramedics, and lab technicians. When one of these medical professionals misdiagnoses a heart attack, it must be determined why mistakes were made and if negligence was a contributing factor.

Common examples of malpractice involving a misdiagnosed heart attack include: Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Seattle Natural Gas Explosion Injures Several Firefighters

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 12, 2016

The Seattle neighborhood of Greenwood was shaken awake in the middle of the night, recently, because of a massive explosion. While the exact cause of the explosion is still unknown, evidence points to a natural gas leak. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray called the blast a “devastating disaster” for the Greenwood neighborhood and the Seattle business district. The explosion sent nine firefighters to Harborview Medical Center with minor cuts and abrasions. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Top Causes of Seattle Obstetrics Malpractice Claims

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 11, 2016

Obstetricians are responsible for the care of mothers and newborns. When an obstetrician is careless or negligent, both mother and baby could suffer irreparable harm. Mothers could suffer serious physical injuries. Newborns could be left with life-changing birth injuries that affect their future. Families can be devastated.

When mistakes are made due to the negligence of an obstetrician, injured victims or their families could seek compensation for their damages by filing a malpractice claim. Here are some of the most common scenarios that lead to obstetrics malpractice claims: Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Common Causes of Washington Rear End Collisions

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

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 40 percent of all car accidents in the U.S. every year are rear-end collisions. Most rear-end crashes, and the severe injuries they can cause, can be prevented. Here are some of the most common causes of rear-end car accidents in the Seattle area:

Distracted Driving

Distracted drivers account for a significant portion of the rear-end crashes that happen in Washington and other states every year. Texting, changing the radio or GPS settings, eating, or not paying attention to the road can all cause a driver to hit the car ahead of them. Read the rest »

Posted in: Rear-End Accidents

Seattle Winter Weather Pedestrian Safety Tips

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 4, 2016

Many doctors recommend walking as a low-impact way to improve your health. When a slip and fall or other accident occurs, however, walking can cause serious injury instead of making you healthier. Experienced Seattle winter pedestrian accident attorneys have seen many pedestrians injured in conditions that result from winter weather. Here are several ways to keep yourself safer while still enjoying fresh air on your travels:

Use the sidewalk whenever possible.

Stick to the sidewalks, even if it means walking through snow. If you have no choice but to walk in the street, walk facing into traffic and as close to the curb as possible. Cars and trucks may slip on snow or ice and hit you even if the drivers are watching, so work out a route that doesn’t require you to walk in the street. Read the rest »

Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

How Do I File a Claim Against a Seattle Hit and Run Driver?

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

When you’re in a car accident that was caused by another driver’s negligence, you may wish to seek compensation by filing a claim against the negligent driver. But, what do you do when you were the victim of a “hit and run” in which the other driver fled the scene before you could get their contact information?

While getting the compensation you need can be tougher when it’s a hit and run driver at fault, it’s not impossible. Start by contacting an experienced Seattle hit and run accident lawyer who can work with you. Then, keep these tips in mind: Read the rest »

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