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Medical Malpractice

With Sepsis, a Delayed Diagnosis Can Mean Death

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 28, 2018

Hospitals exist to treat sick people, but sometimes they make people sick. Your chances of picking up an infection in a hospital, when you’re surrounded by infected people, are high.

Sepsis is one of those infections. Read the rest »

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What Virginia Mason’s Famous Medication Error Teaches Us

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 17, 2018

In 2004, Mary L. McClinton, a social worker and mother of four sons as well as foster parent to eight children, died almost three weeks after undergoing what should have been a routine medical procedure at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle. The error that led to her death? Read the rest »

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The Basics of Prescription Errors

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 20, 2018

It’s a running joke that doctors have the most atrocious penmanship around. But it’s no laughing matter when illegible handwriting ends up injuring or even killing a patient. Read the rest »

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How the Opioid Crisis Hit Washington State

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 5, 2018

Washington has been on the forefront of the battle against opioid addiction in America, which has been skyrocketing in recent years. As stated by the Office of the Attorney General, “In 2015, 718 Washingtonians died from opioid overdose, more than from car accidents. The majority of drug overdose deaths—more than six out of ten—involve an opioid. Nationwide, 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids for chronic pain in primary care settings struggle with addiction.” Read the rest »

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We Have the Medical Technology, but Not Always the Right Answers

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 15, 2018

It’s a sad truth, but cancer misdiagnoses are still a huge cause of medical malpractice claims in the United States today. National research studies claim that fewer than 2% of people get a misdiagnosis from a hospital pathology laboratory test for cancer. That may seem like a tiny percentage, but 1.3 million Americans receive a diagnosis of cancer every year. This means that a 1.2 percent error rate on cancer lab tests could equal about 14,300 incorrect results. Read the rest »

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Did Medication Contribute to Chris Cornell’s Suicide?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on October 2, 2017

People around the world are still mourning the death of Chris Cornell last spring. He was a high-profile musician and his suicide was sudden. Now, his family is claiming that medication he was taking at the time may have contributed to his death. Based on past cases that bear some striking resemblances, they may just have a medical malpractice case. Read the rest »

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Is Scheduling Multiple Surgeries at the Same Time a Risk?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 29, 2017

Close-up of gloved hands passing the surgical scissors, operating room, hospitalUndergoing surgery, at any time or for any reason, can be a scary experience. It’s for this reason that so many patients, particularly those undergoing cosmetic surgery, wonder if it’s possible to get multiple surgeries done at the same time; even when the different surgeries require different surgeons. While this may be a perfectly safe option, for the most part, surgeons usually advise against it. Read the rest »

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What Are the Most Common Defective Medical Devices?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 30, 2017

When you’re sick or injured, you go to the doctor in the hopes that they will treat you properly and make you well again. Sometimes that means implementing medical devices in certain areas of the body, meant to repair or replace.

Usually, these devices do what they’re meant to without problem. But in more unfortunate cases, the devices end up hurting the patient instead of helping him or her. This has been the basis of many class action claims over the past decade or so, and injured patients continue to come forward. Read the rest »

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The Steep Price of Doctor Fatigue

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 17, 2017

When most people contract an illness, or sustain an injury, they turn to their local hospital for treatment. Most hospitals and medical facilities provide patients with exceptional, compassionate care, and provide them with trustworthy and experienced physicians. This is the case with most hospitals, but there are still some medical facilities in our country that subject their physicians and other medical staff members to dangerously long hours. Continue reading to learn more about doctor fatigue and its potential impact on patient care.

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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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