Personal Injury

Seattle Injuries Caused by Defective Products

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 23, 2016

A hidden defect in the way a product is manufactured or designed can cause serious injuries to the user of the product. Injuries are also commonly caused by warnings not being included to alert users to hidden dangers in the product. Because the defect is often invisible to the eye, the user or others may be severely injured before they even realize the product poses an unreasonable risk of harm.

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has handled many defective product injury claims over the years. Here are some of the most common types of injuries caused by defective products our clients have suffered: Read the rest »

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Common Seattle Slip, Trip, and Fall Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 19, 2016

Slips, trips, and falls are common jokes in slapstick comedy, but they can cause serious injuries to those who suffer through them in the real world. Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has handled many Seattle slip, trip, and fall injuries over the years. Here are some of the most common types of slip, trip, and fall injuries our clients have faced:

• Slips on water, mud, or spills. Seattle’s rainy weather means that water and mud frequently get tracked into buildings, increasing the chances for a slip, trip, and fall. The risk is highest around entryways that are not frequently cleaned and monitored. In addition, a spill of any substance can increase the risk of a slip, trip, and fall. Read the rest »

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Seattle Burn Injury FAQ

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 22, 2016

Burn injuries are among the most expensive and difficult injuries to treat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If you’ve suffered a serious burn injury, below are some questions you may find yourself asking:

What kinds of injuries “count” as burn injuries?

The category “burn injury” includes more than just burns from heat sources. It also covers burns caused by electricity, scalding burns from hot steam, and chemical burns from exposure to noxious chemicals or fumes. All of these sources can cause injuries to tissue classified as burn injuries. Read the rest »

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Who is Liable for My Seattle Slip, Trip, and Fall Accident Injuries?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 17, 2016

Slips, trips, and falls are stock events in slapstick comedies, but in real life, they are no joke. A slip or trip that leads to a fall can cause serious harm. Broken bones, soft tissue injuries, or even brain and spinal cord damage can all result from a slip, trip, or fall.

If you’re injured in a slip, trip, and fall accident, it’s natural to want to know what happened and who was responsible.  The first place to look in a slip, trip, and fall accident is toward the owner of the property on which you were injured.

Property owners in Seattle have a responsibility to keep their premises in a reasonably safe condition – especially if the premises is open to the public, as many businesses are.  In order to be held liable for a slip, trip, or fall accident, the following must be true: Read the rest »

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Top 3 Seattle Dog Bite Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 12, 2016

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that well over 100,000 people are treated for dog bite injuries every year. Any one who’s suffered a dog bite knows that dog bites can cause serious damage and lingering physical and emotional trauma. This is especially true in young children, who are at the highest risk for a dog bite.

Here are the most common injury types that result from a dog bite:


Lacerations occur when soft tissue is torn in a dog bite. Cuts are a common type of laceration injury. In a dog bite, they typically occur when the dog’s teeth tear at the skin. A laceration may be shallow, affecting only the top layer of skin, or may break through the skin entirely and into the muscle beneath. Any laceration is likely to be contaminated with bacteria. Deep lacerations often require stitches. Read the rest »

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What to Do if A Loved One Suffers Paraplegia in an Accident

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 23, 2016

Paraplegia is a kind of paralysis that causes the loss of function in the trunk area and lower limbs of the body. Motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of injuries that leave someone suffering paraplegia. Paraplegia can leave a person suffering loss of movement, temporary or persistent tingling feelings, and prickling or burning sensations.

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has helped many people and their families file personal injury claims against the parties responsible for paraplegia injuries. Here are the steps we recommend taking after a loved one suffers a paraplegia injury: Read the rest »

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Common Seattle Quadriplegia Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 21, 2016

The human body can take a great deal of punishment, but there are some areas that are incredibly delicate and sensitive. Injury or trauma with the wrong amount of impact or pressure on the head, neck, or spine can cause paralysis. Each year, over 10,000 people are diagnosed with quadriplegia in the U.S.

What is Quadriplegia?

There are three different types of paralysis injuries: paraplegia, hemiplegia, and quadriplegia. Paraplegia is a paralysis of the lower body. Hemiplegia is a paralysis of one side of the body. Quadriplegia is the most serious paralysis. Quadriplegia affects the upper and lower body, usually from the shoulder below. Quadriplegia sufferers can have trouble breathing, along with their mobility issues. Read the rest »

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Seattle Natural Gas Explosion Injures Several Firefighters

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 12, 2016

The Seattle neighborhood of Greenwood was shaken awake in the middle of the night, recently, because of a massive explosion. While the exact cause of the explosion is still unknown, evidence points to a natural gas leak. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray called the blast a “devastating disaster” for the Greenwood neighborhood and the Seattle business district. The explosion sent nine firefighters to Harborview Medical Center with minor cuts and abrasions. Read the rest »

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Will Smith Film Concussion Exposes Football’s Risk to the Human Brain

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 3, 2016

The film Concussion starring Will Smith focused on the risks of repeated traumatic brain injury faced by players of one of our country’s favorite sports: football. In the movie, Smith portrays Dr. Bennet Omalu, a University of Pittsburg neuropathologist whose research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in football players who suffered repeated concussions. His findings went largely ignored by the National Football League (NFL) until Omalu’s dogged push for player protections could no longer be ignored. Read the rest »

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Downtown Seattle Electrical Accident Leaves Workers with Severe Burns

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on November 23, 2015

Two Seattle City Light employees suffered burn injuries recently in an accident on the 1600 block of 7th Avenue. The workers were inside an electrical vault beneath an office building on the block when the accident took place, according news reports.  

An electrical arc from a piece of equipment caused them both to suffer burn injuries. Seattle Fire Department rushed both workers to a nearby hospital. They are currently reported as being in satisfactory condition. Read the rest »

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Degloving Injury$2,400,000
Degloving Injury
from defective power winch.
Wrongful Death$1,925,000
Wrongful Death
from head-on van accident.
Rollover Accident$1,925,000
Rollover Accident
resulting in wrongful death.
Wrongful Death$1,625,000
Wrongful Death
from highway design defect.
Car Accident$595,000
Car Accident
injuries to 47-year-old woman.
Wrongful Death$460,695
Wrongful Death
oncoming traffic accident.
Rear-End Collision$450,000
Rear-End Collision
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$390,000
Car Accident
resulting in fractured leg.
Car Sideswipe$390,000
Car Sideswipe
resulting in injured back.
Head-On Collision$372,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in fractured pelvis.
Car Accident$360,000
Car Accident
resulting in lower back injury.
Car Accident$275,000
Car Accident
resulting in jaw fracture.
Overturned Truck$230,000
Overturned Truck
resulting in broken ribs.
Head-On Collision$230,000
Head-On Collision
resulting in shoulder injury.
Motorcycle Accident$225,000
Motorcycle Accident
resulting in leg fracture.

Written by Joseph Pendergast, this book is designed to help people who have suffered a personal injury understand their rights and the steps to take to be sure they get the compensation they deserve.

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