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So…Can You Sue Starbucks Over a Hot Beverage Burn?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 25, 2017

Product Liability and What It Means for You

How responsible are companies for the products that they serve? That’s a question restaurants and consumers have been struggling with for decades. In particular, purveyors of hot coffee have found themselves the targets of lawsuits after their customers suffer severe burns.

But that’s not the only thing you can (or should) sue for. Read the rest »

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The Dangers of Space Heaters at the Office

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 3, 2017

While we might be able to control how warm our homes are, many employees find that their workplaces are maintained at uncomfortably low temperatures to save on heating expenses. The common solution to this problem is personal space heaters. Read the rest »

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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 »

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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 »

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