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2016 October Archive

The Reality of Fatal Pedestrian Accidents in Seattle

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 27, 2016

Seattle and other Washington-area communities have a reputation for being pedestrian and bike-friendly, with many popular outdoor shopping areas, markets, and parks. Unfortunately, accidents do occur, and when they do, pedestrians are especially vulnerable to injury or even death.

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Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

The Consequences of Failure to Diagnose in Seattle

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

The trust created between doctor and patient is essential to preserving our health and helping us to overcome illness and injury. We expect our doctors to professionally and effectively identify what is ailing us and to do everything in their power to cure or mitigate any disease, illness, condition, or injury we might have to deal with.

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Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Technological Enhancements May Help Encourage Safe Teen Driving

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

One of the saddest realities that we face at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. is that many of our cases involve teen drivers who are injured or killed behind the wheel. While you can’t always be with your child when they are out on the road in Seattle, we found that some companies have developed handy technology designed to encourage safe driving for teen drivers.

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Seattle Seahawks Cornerback Richard Sherman Tries to Breathe Life into Struggling Rideshare Company Lyft

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

Richard Sherman, one of the Seahawks’ most well-known players, experienced the life of a Lyft driver this summer when he donned a disguise and transported Seattle residents around town while being filmed. Rideshare companies have recently come under fire for refusing to accept liability for accidents caused by Lyft drivers. In an attempt to revive trust in Lyft, the company set up a web series with Richard Sherman.

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Posted in: Rideshare Accidents

Seattle Hospitals Refusing to Report Prescription Errors to Authorities

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 14, 2016

When many people hear the word “prescription,” they picture going to a local drug store to speak to a pharmacist and getting their prescription fulfilled. However, the majority of prescriptions are fulfilled at hospitals. Life-saving medications are fulfilled through the hospital’s pharmacy, which provides medications to nurses and doctors to be administered to patients in a timely manner. Unfortunately, prescription errors are common at Seattle area hospitals. The top two main causes of prescription errors are attributed to the prescribing physician and the pharmacist. Often times, the prescribing physician either writes down the wrong prescription on accident or misdiagnoses the patient and prescribes a medication that does not treat the illness. In addition, a pharmacist often times inadvertently fulfills the prescription with the wrong medication or the wrong amount.

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Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Lack of Oversight Is a Leading Cause of Medical Malpractice in Seattle Hospitals

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

Top Medical Malpractice InjuriesSeattle is home to some of the top hospitals in the country. The hospitals are equipped with state of the art equipment and are home to ground-breaking surgical and treatment methods. Despite the high quality of our local area hospitals, surgical errors do happen at an alarming rate. A recent study found that one of the leading causes of surgical errors at a hospital is due to a lack of oversight.

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Posted in: Medical Malpractice

How to Choose the Safest Nursing Home for Your Loved Ones

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 10, 2016

10% of nursing home patients are cruelly subjected to nursing home abuse each year, and this abuse ranges from neglect to financial fraud and embezzlement to sexual abuse. Many of these cases occur throughout the state of Washington at one of the various nursing home facilities covered by Medicare.

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Posted in: Nursing Home Abuse

Who’s Liable in a Seattle Crosswalk Accident?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 6, 2016

This April news story on a tragic crosswalk accident in North Seattle involving a teen being struck by an elderly driver once again highlighted an overlooked problem of traffic safety. Whereas Seattleites might assume a reasonable expectation of safety when walking on sidewalks and crosswalks throughout the city, the actual numbers indicate the reality is far more disturbing. Read the rest »

Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

Why Do Swimming Pool Electrocutions Happen in Seattle?

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

The recent news of a California man who was electrocuted while trying to save his children from his backyard pool has once again raised awareness of a serious safety issue when it comes to America’s swimming pools, a warning that Seattle area residents should definitely take heed of. Read the rest »

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