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Medical Malpractice

The Consequences of Failure to Diagnose in Seattle

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

The 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.

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Seattle Hospitals Refusing to Report Prescription Errors to Authorities

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

When 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. 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. Read the rest »

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Common Causes of Seattle Cerebral Palsy Birth Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 13, 2016

Cerebral palsy isn’t one disease, but an umbrella term to describe a number of health problems caused by damage done to a developing brain. Disorders related to cerebral palsy develop while a baby is still in the womb, or just after birth. People suffering cerebral palsy will have problems with movement, using muscles, reacting to outside stimulus, or trouble with balance. Some cerebral palsy sufferers have difficulties with speech, hearing, and intellectual development. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), about 1 in every 300 children are diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Read the rest »

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Who Can I Take Legal Action Against in a Seattle Medical Malpractice Claim?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 5, 2016

When we’re treated by a doctor, nurse, or other medical professional, a lot of trust is put in the ability of health care workers and facilities to heal patients. Unfortunately, people are injured by errors or negligent acts committed by medical professionals and facilities each day. If you or a loved one has suffered a medical malpractice injury, you need an experienced Seattle attorney on your side.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice happens when a doctor, nurse, or other medical official makes a mistake or acts negligently and their actions lead to a patient’s injury. Other health care professionals include a midwife, naturopath (ND or naturopathic physician), midwifery birth clinic, or others. Medical malpractice can also happen if a medical professional didn’t perform their duties at the accepted standard of medical care. In a medical malpractice lawsuit, this standard of medical care can by defined by the testimony of a qualified medical expert. Read the rest »

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Top 4 Causes of Seattle Medical Malpractice Claims

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 2, 2016

Unfortunately, medical malpractice is a serious problem in Seattle and nationwide. Medical malpractice is the third leading cause of death for Americans. Over 400,000 people die from medical malpractice related injuries annually. Only heart disease and cancer cause more deaths each year. That number is increasing from the 1999 study showing 98,000 deaths a year. That “To Err is Human” report equated medical malpractice deaths to a deadly jumbo jet crash each day. The medical negligence epidemic is getting worse.

What is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice or Medical Negligence is an injury caused by the negligent behavior or errors or omissions committed by health care professional, such as a doctor or nurse. Legally, this is referred to a violation of the “standard of care.” There are many different types of medical malpractice errors that can lead to serious injuries, and even death. Below are the top four causes of medical malpractice claims Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has handled over the years. Read the rest »

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Common Medical Malpractice Prescription Errors In Washington

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 26, 2016

According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), medication errors injure nearly 2 million Americans each year. These errors can happen for many different reasons. What’s tragic about injuries caused by prescription errors is that many are preventable. The NIH reports that the most common prescription error–administering the wrong dose of a drug–accounts for over 40 percent of deaths related to medication use.

Common Prescription Errors in Seattle Medical Malpractice Claims

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has handled many Seattle medical malpractice claims over the past 40 years. Here are the most common prescription errors our clients have reported: Read the rest »

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Seattle Medical Malpractice FAQs

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

Any time you visit a hospital, clinic, or doctor’s office, you’re putting your trust in health care professionals. When these professionals make a mistake, people get very hurt. Below is some information on medical malpractice laws in Washington.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice happens when a health care professional’s negligence lead to a patient’s injury. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and hospitals are among the health care professionals that can be held accountable in a medical malpractice claim. Read the rest »

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