Medical Malpractice

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

DefibrillatorWhen 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

surgery-equipmentWhen 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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The Consequences of Failure to Diagnose in Seattle

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

doctors-surgeryThe 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.

That’s why stories of medical malpractice can be particularly devastating, because not only do they represent an individual tragedy, but they cause us to fear that the same thing might happen to us. Unfortunately, statistics indicate very clearly that there is a high cost when it comes to medical malpractice, including financially, physically, and emotionally.

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Seattle Hospitals Refusing to Report Prescription Errors to Authorities

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

medicationWhen 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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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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Be Wary of the July Effect at Local Seattle Hospitals

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

The July Effect, also known as the Killing Season, is a colloquial phrase that refers to the increased risk of injury and death caused by medical malpractice at hospitals during the month of July. This theory is largely attributed to the seasonal hiring of new hospital residents with little to no hospital experience.

In the United States, after a medical school student graduates, they apply to be a resident at a hospital, clinic, or surgery center. This process is known as matching in the medical community. The matching process occurs at the same time each year. The graduates then begin their residencies in hospitals across the United States during the month of July. This includes hospitals in the Seattle, Washington region, including University of Washington Medical Center, Swedish Medical Centers in First Hill and Cherry Hill, and Virginia Mason Medical Center. So is the July Effect real or is it simply a kooky theory? Read the rest »

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Who Can Be Held Liable for Injuries Caused by Emergency Room Accidents/Errors?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 8, 2016

When you visit an emergency room because you are injured or sick, the last thing you want to worry about is getting injured or sick even further while you are there. Unfortunately, sometimes it does happen and patients are left wondering who can be held liable for injuries caused by emergency room accidents or errors. The answer is not always an easy one. Although it’s easy to assume that the person who made the error is responsible, that’s not always the case.

When trying to determine who is responsible for your injury or sickness, a Seattle emergency room malpractice lawyer will first find out whether the responsible party is an employee of the hospital or not. Hospital employees typically include nurses, technicians, and administrators and so if any of these people caused your injury, the hospital may be to blame. So for instance, if a nurse gave the wrong medication through an IV, or a lab technician mixed up your bloodwork, the hospital may be to blame. If that’s the case, the attorney will begin working on the case to sue the hospital. Read the rest »

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