2016 August Archive

Proving Fault in Wrong-Way Auto Accidents in Seattle

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

One of the leading causes of car, motorcycle, and trucking accidents is attributed to a driver heading in the wrong direction on the roadway. Seattle, especially downtown, is notorious for having one-way streets, and many drivers accidentally turn onto one-way streets, driving the wrong way. Though an inadvertent mistake, this slip-up can cause a serious accident, resulting in traumatic injuries and even death. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Is Riding Your Bike at Night Time Ever Safe in Seattle?

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

According to a study conducted by the Transportation Data Office, the majority of bicycle accidents occur in the evening between the hours of 6pm and 9pm. Many of these accidents occur in winter months, where daylight savings time and an earlier-setting sun bring darkness earlier in the day. Due to visibility issues that arise at dusk and continue through the dark evening hours and with the increasing number of bicycle accidents occurring due to negligent drivers, many have begun to wonder whether it is safe to ride your bike in the evening. Read the rest »

Posted in: Bicycle Accident

Common Types of Swimming Pool Accidents that Occur in Seattle

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

SwimmingpoolSummer is here! As the days grow hotter and longer, more families will be flocking to the pool to keep cool and relax. While swimming pools are a common fixture in homes in the Seattle area, many individuals forget how dangerous they can be. It is vital to be cognizant of the risks and hazards associated with pools so that you can best prepare to avoid them. Read the rest »

Be Wary of the July Effect at Local Seattle Hospitals

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 18, 2016

The July Effect, also known as the Killing Season, is a colloquial phrase that refers to the increased risk of injury and death caused by medical malpractice at hospitals during the month of July. This theory is largely attributed to the seasonal hiring of new hospital residents with little to no hospital experience.

In the United States, after a medical school student graduates, they apply to be a resident at a hospital, clinic, or surgery center. This process is known as matching in the medical community. The matching process occurs at the same time each year. The graduates then begin their residencies in hospitals across the United States during the month of July. This includes hospitals in the Seattle, Washington region, including University of Washington Medical Center, Swedish Medical Centers in First Hill and Cherry Hill, and Virginia Mason Medical Center. So is the July Effect real or is it simply a kooky theory? Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Pokémon Go Encourages Drivers to Cheat the System, Resulting in Careless Driving

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 15, 2016

pokemon-goPokémon Go is the current craze sweeping the entire world, from Seattle, Washington to Tokyo, Japan. Designed by Niantic after a successful franchise involving a television show, video games, and trading cards, the app seeks to revitalize interest in hunting and collecting rare animals known as Pokémon, evolving them, and then battling other Pokémon at locations known as gyms.

Pokémon Go is, in some respects, an ingenious phone app that seeks to encourage children this summer to get off of their couches and go outside. Many players have lauded the app as helping them lose weight by walking long distances, and others have expressed that the app helped them explore sites and monuments that they never knew existed. With that said, many players have recently realized that they can catch more Pokémon while driving and have thus taken to the roads, staring intently at their phones instead of the road. Read the rest »

Who Can Be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by Emergency Room Accidents/Errors?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 8, 2016

When you visit an emergency room because you are injured or sick, the last thing you want to worry about is getting injured or sick even further while you are there. Unfortunately, sometimes it does happen and patients are left wondering who can be held liable for injuries caused by emergency room accidents or errors. The answer is not always an easy one. Although it’s easy to assume that the person who made the error is responsible, that’s not always the case.

When trying to determine who is responsible for your injury or sickness, a Seattle emergency room malpractice lawyer will first find out whether the responsible party is an employee of the hospital or not. Hospital employees typically include nurses, technicians, and administrators and so if any of these people caused your injury, the hospital may be to blame. So for instance, if a nurse gave the wrong medication through an IV, or a lab technician mixed up your bloodwork, the hospital may be to blame. If that’s the case, the attorney will begin working on the case to sue the hospital. Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Who Can Be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by Defective Medical Equipment

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

Medical devices can improve or save lives. However, sometimes these devices fail, are misused, or are defective. Knowing your patient rights and responsibilities can help you find a personal injury lawyer who can aid you in recovering losses from defective medical devices.

Types of Defective Medical Devices

Many medical devices can cause injuries. Some medical devices that can have defects are breast implants, eye implants, transvaginal meshes, pacemakers, stents, and artificial joints such as hip replacements. Of these devices, metal-on-metal hip replacements have the most failure rates. The failure rates are two to three times higher than hip replacements with other materials. Complications with metal-to-metal hip replacements are bone fractures and dislocations, causing consequences such as inability to walk. Surgeries to correct problems occur frequently. Other complications of metal-to-metal hip replacements are tiny metal fragments from the metal rubbing together being released into the blood. This damages tissues around the joint and causing pain. Read the rest »

Posted in: Personal Injury

How an Attorney Can Help After a Seattle Car Accident?

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

Being in an automobile accident can be a traumatic experience. Knowing your rights and responsibilities as a passenger or a driver can help you regain losses from vehicle damage and injuries. Contacting a lawyer who has had experience with auto accident claims can also make this situation easier. A qualified lawyer can guide you through a sometimes confusing legal system.

What to Do After an Accident

The immediate concerns after an accident are your injuries. Seek prompt medical attention for any injuries, regardless of how minor these may seem. Keep records of all medical costs. Also, keep records of lost wages due to the accident. Obtain other evidence in the form of police accident reports, eyewitness accounts, insurance reports, car repair or replacement costs, and photos or videos of the accident scene. A lawyer who is experienced in auto accident law can inform and guide you about the specific evidence needed for your potential lawsuit. Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

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Degloving Injury
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Wrongful Death
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Rollover Accident
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oncoming traffic accident.
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Rear-End Collision
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Car Accident
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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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