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2016 April Archive

Common Causes of Seattle Bicycle Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 29, 2016

In the past few years, bikes have become a very popular method of transport for Seattle residents. More people are using their bikes to get to work, run errands, and for fun. Unfortunately, riding your bike can be dangerous in Seattle.

What Causes Seattle Bike Accidents?

There are many factors that can lead to a Seattle bike accident. Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has handled many of these accidents cases over the years. Here are the most common causes of Seattle bike accidents our clients have reported: Read the rest »

Posted in: Bicycle Accident

Common Medical Malpractice Prescription Errors In Washington

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 26, 2016

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), medication errors injure nearly 2 million Americans each year. These errors can happen for many different reasons. What’s tragic about injuries caused by prescription errors is that many are preventable. The NIH reports that the most common prescription error–administering the wrong dose of a drug–accounts for over 40 percent of deaths related to medication use.

Common Prescription Errors in Seattle Medical Malpractice Claims

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has handled many Seattle medical malpractice claims over the past 40 years. Here are the most common prescription errors our clients have reported: Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Seattle Burn Injury FAQ

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 22, 2016

Burn injuries are among the most expensive and difficult injuries to treat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you’ve suffered a serious burn injury, below are some questions you may find yourself asking:

What kinds of injuries “count” as burn injuries?

The category “burn injury” includes more than just burns from heat sources. It also covers burns caused by electricity, scalding burns from hot steam, and chemical burns from exposure to noxious chemicals or fumes. All of these sources can cause injuries to tissue classified as burn injuries. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Who is Liable for My Seattle Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident Injuries?

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

Slips, trips, and falls are stock events in slapstick comedies, but in real life, they are no joke. A slip or trip that leads to a fall can cause serious harm. Broken bones, soft tissue injuries, or even brain and spinal cord damage can all result from a slip, trip, or fall.

If you’re injured in a slip, trip, and fall accident, it’s natural to want to know what happened and who was responsible.  The first place to look in a slip, trip, and fall accident is toward the owner of the property on which you were injured.

Property owners in Seattle have a responsibility to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition – especially if the premises is open to the public, as many businesses are.  In order to be held liable for a slip, trip, or fall accident, the following must be true: Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Top 3 Seattle Dog Bite Injuries

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

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that well over 100,000 people are treated for dog bite injuries every year. Any one who’s suffered a dog bite knows that dog bites can cause serious damage and lingering physical and emotional trauma. This is especially true in young children, who are at the highest risk for a dog bite.

Here are the most common injury types that result from a dog bite:


Lacerations occur when soft tissue is torn in a dog bite. Cuts are a common type of laceration injury. In a dog bite, they typically occur when the dog’s teeth tear at the skin. A laceration may be shallow, affecting only the top layer of skin, or may break through the skin entirely and into the muscle beneath. Any laceration is likely to be contaminated with bacteria. Deep lacerations often require stitches. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Seattle Spinal Cord Injury FAQ

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

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have handled many spinal cord injury cases. Over the years we’ve been able to secure spinal cord injury victims settlements to help them cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain suffering. Here are some common questions about spinal cord injuries we’ve heard over the years.

What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

Spinal cord injuries refer to damage done to the nerves inside vertebrae in the spine. These injuries can cause permanent disabilities like chronic pain and mobility issues. There are two types of spinal cord injuries: Read the rest »

Posted in: Spinal Cord Injury

Joseph E. Pendergast III Named 10 Best for Third Year in a Row

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 2, 2016

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. is proud to announce that our managing attorney, Joseph Edward Pendergast III, has once again been named one of the top personal injury attorneys in Washington State. Mr. Pendergast, commonly known as “J.P.,” has made the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys (AIOPIA) list of 10 Best Personal Injury Attorneys for Client Satisfaction for the third year in a row.

Founded in 2014, the AIOPIA recognizes excellence in legal counsel by using a stringent rating system that factors in an attorneys’ reputation among fellow attorneys, awards, associations, publications, client satisfaction reviews, and AIOPIA’s independent evaluation. AIOPIA created this annual list to provide a valuable resource to clients seeking the top litigators in various legal specialties. J.P. Pendergast has been named among the top Washington personal injury attorneys each year AIOPIA has released a list of top attorneys. Read the rest »

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