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2016 May Archive

Common Causes of Burn Injuries to Seattle Children

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 31, 2016

From baths to coffee cups to electrical outlets, there are numerous ways a child can get burned in their own home. Perhaps that’s why each year, approximately 250,000 children under the age of 17 seek medical attention for burns; and of those, 15,000 require hospitalization. Frightening statistics indeed, but the good news is that in the last 30 years, due to prevention tactics, the numbers have gone down. In order to prevent burns from occurring however, you need to know what the common causes are. When it comes to burn injuries to children, there are five. Read the rest »

Posted in: Burn Injury

Most Common Types of Personal Injuries Suffered by Seattle Children

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

Children will suffer a number of bumps, bruises, and scrapes as they grow and explore their world. However, children are more susceptible to certain kinds of severe personal injuries than adults are, due to their age, motor skills, and still-developing abilities to identify risks in their environment.

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have helped many Seattle families suffering after an injury to a child. Here are the most common types of personal injuries suffered by children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Seattle Injuries Caused by Defective Products

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

A hidden defect in the way a product is manufactured or designed can cause serious injuries to the user of the product. Injuries are also commonly caused by warnings not being included to alert users to hidden dangers in the product. Because the defect is often invisible to the eye, the user or others may be severely injured before they even realize the product poses an unreasonable risk of harm.

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has handled many defective product injury claims over the years. Here are some of the most common types of injuries caused by defective products our clients have suffered: Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Common Seattle Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 19, 2016

Slips, trips, and falls are common jokes in slapstick comedy, but they can cause serious injuries to those who suffer through them in the real world. Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has handled many Seattle slip, trip, and fall injuries over the years. Here are some of the most common types of slip, trip, and fall injuries our clients have faced:

• Slips on water, mud, or spills. Seattle’s rainy weather means that water and mud frequently get tracked into buildings, increasing the chances for a slip, trip, and fall. The risk is highest around entryways that are not frequently cleaned and monitored. In addition, a spill of any substance can increase the risk of a slip, trip, and fall. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Statute of Limitations for Washington Motor Vehicle Accidents

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

Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are common occurrences in Seattle and throughout the rest of Washington. There are many different factors that lead to these motor vehicle accidents. Over the years, the most common causes we’ve seen are negligent drivers, drivers under the influence, and poor road conditions.

Anyone involved in a Washington motor vehicle accident may be able to pursue compensation for their injuries or damages, depending on the details of their accident. But, many people might not know that there is a deadline for filing a personal injury lawsuit. This is called a statute of limitations. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Common Causes of Seattle Cerebral Palsy Birth Injuries

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

Cerebral palsy isn’t one disease, but an umbrella term to describe a number of health problems caused by damage done to a developing brain. Disorders related to cerebral palsy develop while a baby is still in the womb, or just after birth. People suffering cerebral palsy will have problems with movement, using muscles, reacting to outside stimulus, or trouble with balance. Some cerebral palsy sufferers have difficulties with speech, hearing, and intellectual development. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in every 300 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Seattle Bus Accident FAQs

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

Over the years, Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have handled many cases involving people injured in bus accidents. Below are the some of the most common questions we hear about Seattle bus accidents.

What are the most common causes of Seattle bus accidents?

• Negligent bus drivers
• Bus drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs
• Speeding
• Drivers not following safety guidelines
• Defective bus or bus equipment manufacturing Read the rest »

Posted in: Bus Accidents

Who Do I File a Claim Against in a Seattle Bus Accident? 

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 9, 2016

According to the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), over 30 million Americans ride mass transit daily. That’s almost 10 percent of the entire country. With this many people riding buses, accidents are bound to happen. Seattle traffic is bad and getting worse.  More and more people rely on the Metro, Pierce Transit, Puget Sound public transportation, or other types of bus programs. Unfortunately, people get injured in Washington bus accidents daily. Federal and state laws strictly regulate buses, holding bus companies to a high duty of care to their passengers.

Bus Carrier Common Duties of Care

Common duties of care are actions bus companies have to take to avoid passengers getting injures. Here are the common duties of care outlined in federal and state bus regulations: Read the rest »

Posted in: Bus Accidents

Who Can I Take Legal Action Against in a Seattle Medical Malpractice Claim?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 5, 2016

When we’re treated by a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, a lot of trust is put in the ability of health care workers and facilities to heal patients. Unfortunately, people are injured by errors or negligent acts committed by medical professionals and facilities each day. If you or a loved one has suffered a medical malpractice injury, you need an experienced Seattle attorney on your side.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice happens when a doctor, nurse, or other medical official makes a mistake or acts negligently and their actions lead to a patient’s injury. Other health care professionals include a midwife, naturopath (ND or naturopathic physician), midwifery birth clinic, or others. Medical malpractice can also happen if a medical professional didn’t perform their duties at the accepted standard of medical care. In a medical malpractice lawsuit, this standard of medical care can by defined by the testimony of a qualified medical expert. Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Top 4 Causes of Seattle Medical Malpractice Claims

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

Unfortunately, medical malpractice is a serious problem in Seattle and nationwide. Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death for Americans. Over 400,000 people die from medical malpractice related injuries annually. Only heart disease and cancer cause more deaths each year. That number is increasing from the 1999 study showing 98,000 deaths a year. That “To Err is Human” report equated medical malpractice deaths to a deadly jumbo jet crash each day. The medical negligence epidemic is getting worse.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice or Medical Negligence is an injury caused by the negligent behavior or errors or omissions committed by health care professional, such as a doctor or nurse. Legally, this is referred to a violation of the “standard of care.” There are many different types of medical malpractice errors that can lead to serious injuries, and even death. Below are the top four causes of medical malpractice claims Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has handled over the years. Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

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