Seattle is a popular launching point for many of the world’s biggest cruise lines. It’s the home base for Holland America, and sees arrivals and departures from Carnival, Norwegian, Celebrity, and Royal Caribbean International. With so many cruise ships in Seattle ports and Puget Sound, you’d think the issue of cruise ship safety comes up a lot.
But it usually doesn’t—until someone gets hurt. Read the rest »
In case you didn’t know, “hoverboards,” or self-balancing scooters, are two-wheeled battery-powered devices that you ride like a sideways skateboard. To move forward, you lean forward; to move backward, you lean backward; to stop, you stand up straight. What could go wrong? Did we mention that they can travel at a clip of 10 to 12 miles per hour and be stopped by something as small as a twig or a crack in the sidewalk? Read the rest »
Of course, the most obvious problem with long waiting times is that any condition might get worse the longer it’s left untreated. Conditions that are easily preventable and treatable, such as asthma, might not be that difficult to treat when the patient first comes in. But if that patient is left to wait, their breathing might become increasingly short and shallow, and soon they might not be able to get any air at all. In cases of severe cuts or scrapes, any time that passes is time that infection can set in, making the entire situation worse, and creating new conditions on top of the initial problem.
Children are especially prone to such accidents. More data from the CDC: almost one in five people who die from drowning are children 14 and younger; and for every child fatality from drowning, another five receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries. Read the rest »
Types of Defective Medical Devices
Many medical devices can cause injuries. Some medical devices that can have defects are breast implants, eye implants, transvaginal meshes, pacemakers, stents, and artificial joints such as hip replacements. Of these devices, metal-on-metal hip replacements have the most failure rates. The failure rates are two to three times higher than hip replacements with other materials. Complications with metal-to-metal hip replacements are bone fractures and dislocations, causing consequences such as inability to walk. Surgeries to correct problems occur frequently. Other complications of metal-to-metal hip replacements are tiny metal fragments from the metal rubbing together being released into the blood. This damages tissues around the joint and causing pain. Read the rest »
Many of the sports-related injuries that children sustain are found to have been preventable. In cases like this, the careless party may be held accountable and ordered to pay restitution. Read the rest »
Here are three major types of catastrophic injuries that can lead to paralysis:
• Traumatic brain injuries – Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) result in permanent neurobiological damage that can produce lifelong difficulties of varying degrees. It affects nearly 1.4 million Americans per year. Of that number, 50,000 will die, 235,000 will be hospitalized, and more than 80,000 will be left with life-long disabilities, such as paralysis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. TBI accounts for 23 percent of paralysis victims in the U.S. Read the rest »
Types of Construction Accidents
According to the Washington Department of Labor & Industries, the most common types of construction accidents that lead to injuries are being caught in, between, or under objects where the body is pinched, squeezed, or crushed by machinery, falls from elevations such as roofs, ladders, or other heights, and falls from the same level such as slipping, tripping, or falling on a flat surface. Other injuries are being struck by or against a stationary object or hit by moving objects. This includes noise injuries to the ear. Read the rest »
Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have helped many Seattle families suffering after an injury to a child. Here are the most common types of personal injuries suffered by children, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Read the rest »