2016 June Archive

Seattle Burn Injuries Caused by Defective E-Cigarettes and Vaporizers

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

E-cigarette and vaporizer burns can be horrendous injuries to users of these products. Being aware of the hazards can help you avoid the dangers these products pose to users.

What are E-Cigarettes and Vaporizers?

An electronic cigarette is essentially a battery-powered vaporizer. The cigarette consists of a mouthpiece, a cartridge or tank, an atomizer, a microprocessor, a battery, and sometimes an LED light on the cigarette end. The atomizer is a heating element that vaporizes liquid in the cartridge or tank. The e-liquid heats up and creates a vapor the user inhales. The vapor is intended to have flavor and texture that is analogous to tobacco smoking. The power source, a rechargeable lithium battery, is often the source of burn and other injuries connected to e-cigarette smoking and vaporizer use. Read the rest »

Posted in: Burn Injury

Seattle Construction Accidents that Can Lead to Catastrophic Injuries

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

Construction sites are intrinsically dangerous, despite worker and employer precautions. Working at places where sharp tools, heavy equipment, and being at tall heights are common can put workers into dangerous situations. Knowing your rights as a worker can help you recover medical and other costs from injuries sustained at a construction site.

Types of Construction Accidents

According to the Washington Department of Labor & Industries, the most common types of construction accidents that lead to injuries are being caught in, between, or under objects where the body is pinched, squeezed, or crushed by machinery, falls from elevations such as roofs, ladders, or other heights, and falls from the same level such as slipping, tripping, or falling on a flat surface. Other injuries are being struck by or against a stationary object or hit by moving objects. This includes noise injuries to the ear. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

Seattle Bus Accident Causes

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

A recent study by Inrix, a Washington-based traffic data company, highlighted the current traffic problems in the Seattle area. These include some of the following facts:

• The population of Seattle’s metropolitan area now has exceeded 3.8 million and will continue to increase. As a result, traffic congestion that plagues the area is likely to worsen. Estimates put the city population in 2040 at nearly 5 million.
• Currently the city is listed as #6 among US cities as it relates to traffic problems and congestion. (recently passing Boston, MA)
• They estimate that the average Seattle commuter wastes 66 hours per year in traffic delays. Read the rest »

Posted in: Bus Accidents

Seattle Premises Liability Law

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

Hazards on personal, private, or public property can cause long-lasting injuries that can be costly in terms of both your health and your finances. Understanding the law about premises liability can help you recover damages.

Types of Premises Liability

In Seattle, as in the rest of Washington State, property owners have legal obligations to keep premises properly maintained. Some of the more common premises liability cases involve structural defects such as dangerous elevators or escalators, stairs with loose railings or steps, and ceiling or balcony collapses. Poor maintenance such as wet and slippery floors is a premises liability. Premises hazards are not always indoors. Property owners are liable for outdoor maintenance to prevent hazardous situations. Snow or ice on the property, poorly maintained parking lots or sidewalks, and defective swimming pools are liabilities. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Liability

Washington State Bicycle Helmet Laws

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

The popularity of bicycling in Washington has continued to grow. Did you know that Washington was named #1 “Bicycle Friendly State” by the League of American Bicyclists for the 7th consecutive year? In efforts to promote and educate the public regarding bicycle safety, the Department of Transportation developed an initiative titled “Safer People – Safer Streets.”

Based on their recent data, the number of injuries and fatalities which occur annually that specifically involve pedestrians and bicyclists is currently approaching an average of 400. The Safer People – Safer Streets program has compiled a detailed plan of action for addressing the issues of bicycling safety. Some of the top priorities are as follows: Read the rest »

Posted in: Biking Accidents

Who is Responsible for Seattle Injuries Caused by Defective Bikes?

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

Seattle Injuries Caused by Defective BikesBeing involved in an accident when you’re on your bike is bad enough, but it can be even more maddening when the accident is a result of a defective bike. As a cyclist, you trust that every time you hop on your bike, it’s going to perform as it should and get you to your destination as safely as possible. If that doesn’t happen, and the bike fails you somewhere along the way, the first question you’re likely to ask is “Who’s responsible for injuries caused by defective bikes?”

Truthfully, anyone who has handled your bike before it was sold to you may be held responsible. This can include the manufacturer, the wholesaler, the distributor, and even the retailer, as it’s often a store’s responsibility to build the bikes once they’ve been received. Because there are so many people involved in creating your bike before it even gets to you, it can be difficult to know who’s to blame and where to go for compensation. This is where a Seattle personal injury lawyer will be able to help. Read the rest »

Posted in: Biking Accidents

Common Causes of Seattle Bus Accidents

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

Causes of Seattle Bus AccidentsBuses are very much like cars when it comes to accidents. They depend on the driver to make sure that they stay in control, they function based on the mechanical condition of every part of the bus, and they have a reliance on road conditions. Because of their similarity to cars, common causes of bus accidents are very similar to those of other vehicular accidents.

Common Causes of Bus Accidents in Seattle

The most common reasons why a bus in Seattle may be involved in an accident include weather, driver distraction or negligence, the road conditions, or problems with the equipment. While it is true that most of your Washington State or Seattle bus drivers are well trained, attentive, and responsible, as well as driving equipment being well maintained on roads that are well taken care of, there are times when this is simply not the case. When this occurs, there is a high likelihood that there will be a bus accident, which can lead to injuries or even fatalities. Read the rest »

Posted in: Bus Accidents

Our Case Results

Degloving Injury$2,400,000
Degloving Injury
from defective power winch.
Wrongful Death$1,925,000
Wrongful Death
from head-on van accident.
Rollover Accident$1,925,000
Rollover Accident
resulting in wrongful death.
Wrongful Death$1,625,000
Wrongful Death
from highway design defect.
Car Accident$595,000
Car Accident
injuries to 47-year-old woman.
Wrongful Death$460,695
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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