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2016 November Archive

The Most Common Delivery Room Mistakes and Resulting Injuries

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

Having a baby is one of the most exciting times of any parent’s life, and it all starts in the delivery room. Most of the time, everything goes as it should with happy outcomes all around. But sometimes, accidents happen and in the worst of cases, tragedy results. Those accidents sometimes occur due to error on the part of the doctors or nurses in the delivery room, and in most cases, it’s the infant that sustains injuries because of them. Below are some of the most common delivery room mistakes, and the possible injuries that can occur from them.

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Posted in: Birth Injury

Important News for Open Heart Surgery Patients in Seattle

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

When people visit hospitals, especially when it’s for something as serious as open heart surgery, they trust that the doctors and nurses there will give them the best care possible. Unfortunately, sometimes things can go wrong, and that’s most recently been the case with a device known as the Sorin Stockert 3T heater-cooler system.

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Posted in: Medical Malpractice

Pedestrians, Stay Safe in Seattle This Black Friday!

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

You might think that as a pedestrian you have nothing to worry about when going Black Friday shopping. After all, what’s going to happen when you’re on your own two feet? In fact, pedestrian accidents can happen more often, and have worse consequences, than car accidents on Black Friday. Drivers also become pedestrians at some point when they need to walk into a store. On Black Friday, even that can be dangerous. Read the rest »

Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

Are Stores Responsible if Customers Get Hurt on Black Friday?

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

You’ve heard the stories. A customer gets punched by another customer while fighting over the last Xbox a store carries. Or a woman gets trampled when a store’s doors open for their big Black Friday sales. While Black Friday shopping accidents aren’t always this extreme, they happen more than people think and often, injuries resulting from Black Friday shopping occur. When they do, the question most often asked is: are stores responsible if customers get hurt on Black Friday?

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Posted in: Premises Liability

Tips to Avoid a Car Accident in Seattle this Black Friday

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

Car accidents can happen any time, but on Black Friday, the chances of being in a car accident are much more likely. The Friday following Thanksgiving is of course, Black Friday, the day when consumers head out in droves looking for major discounts on their favorite items, and it comes at a great time, as many are just starting their Christmas shopping. But before excited shoppers can start lining up outside of retailers, they need to first get out on the roads and drive there, and because of this, it’s estimated that car accidents jump by 34 percent or more on Black Friday. Below are some tips to help prevent them from happening to you.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Washington State Government Vehicle Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 21, 2016

Suffering an accident can be a traumatic event no matter what the circumstances, forcing you to deal with insurance claims, police reports, and, if the accident is severe enough, hospital visits and rehabilitation. But the level of complexity increases if the accident involved a government vehicle and driver.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

The Dangers of Verbal Threat Road Rage

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

With the growing congestion on Seattle roadways and the increased length in average commutes, it’s only natural that a driver might feel frustrated or even angry. But when that exasperation turns to open hostility towards fellow drivers or erratic driving, a phenomenon known colloquially as road rage, what was an understandable reaction to unfortunate circumstances might turn into reckless or even illegal behavior.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

The Unknown Risks and Liability of Rideshare Accidents

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

With the rapid increase of ride-sharing services, such as Uber and Lyft, accidents involving drivers from these services are also on the rise. Unfortunately, as detailed in this feature from Fortune Magazine, there are still many questions that remain unanswered concerning the insurance policies of these companies.

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Posted in: Rideshare Accidents

Who’s Liable For a Dog Bite in Washington State?

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

In March of 2016, the tragic news of an elderly woman who was attacked and killed by her neighbor’s dogs shocked Seattle-area residents and brought into focus the state’s dog bite laws. Fortunately, Washington State has some of the most favorable laws when it comes to the victims of dog bites.

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Posted in: Dog Bite

Are Seattle Roundabouts Not as Safe as We Thought?

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

Washington area drivers may have noticed an increase in the number of roundabouts on Seattle roads over the past decade. This is due to a concerted effort by the state’s Department of Transportation to install what are considered to be a safer alternative to traditional intersections. And while data certainly supports a decrease in the number of head-on collisions, accidents still happen.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

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