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Bloodstream Infections

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 23, 2020

A bloodstream infection (BSI) is an infection where bacteria have entered your bloodstream and cause signs of infection throughout your body, including fevers, chills, and low blood pressure. Also called “blood poisoning,” BSIs can occur naturally, but most BSIs are secondary infections – meaning an infection in one part of your body spread into your bloodstream. Bloodstream infections can be very dangerous, and if not correctly treated, can lead to severe injury or death.

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Study Links Most Med Mal Deaths to Inaccurate Diagnosis

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 4, 2020

According to a recent study, slightly more than one out of three medical malpractices cases resulting in permanent disability or death are linked to inaccurate or delayed diagnosis, as reported by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Approximately 75% of these cases can be traced to diagnostic errors in only three medical conditions – cancer, vascular events, and infections.

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Notes on Medical Malpractice

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 7, 2019

Medical malpractice is one of the most complex, demanding, and exhaustive forms of litigation that both victims and attorneys can be involved in. Medical professionals, though they must go through years of training, make terrible errors that can cost patients their health and well-being. These cases are rarely straightforward, and there are many factors involved in holding the negligent parties responsible. Read the rest »

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Mold Closes Rooms in Seattle Hospitals

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 1, 2019

In an effort to contain an outbreak of Aspergillus mold, officials at the Seattle Children’s Hospital have closed all 14 main operating rooms at the facility. While Aspergillus is considered to be a common form of mold and is ingested almost daily by most people, patients with weakened immune systems are much more at risk for developing infectionsRead the rest »

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Chris Cornell’s Wife Sues Doctor for Malpractice

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 17, 2019

Vicky Cornell, the widow of Chris Cornell, has filed a medical malpractice suit against the late singer’s doctor, in which she claims that the doctor “negligently and repeatedly” prescribed dangerous “mind-altering substances,” which led to Mr. Cornell’s untimely death. Read the rest »

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The Anatomy of a Medical Malpractice Case

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 28, 2019

Medical malpractice occurs when a healthcare professional or medical facility injures a patient through negligence—outside of the “accepted” standard of care. When you’re a patient, checked into a hospital, every person working at or for the hospital owes you a professional duty. Medical malpractice does not have to be the result of a harmful act, such as operating on the wrong body part; it can also be the result of failure to diagnose or treat a condition, or a failure to do so in a timely manner. Read the rest »

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Why You Never Want to See a “Never Event” at Your Hospital

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 18, 2019

If you’ve ever gone to a hospital, you’ve had faith in those medical professionals’ skill and commitment to “do no harm.” But there are occasions when doctors, nurses, and healthcare facilities fall short of what is expected of them. Some mistakes are understandable, but others aren’t, and the worst of these are never events. Read the rest »

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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.

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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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