Spinal Cord Injury

Who Is at Risk of a Brachial Plexus Injury?

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

A brachial plexus injury is an injury that occurs to the network of nerves that are connected to the spinal cord and send signals from the spinal cord to the arm, hand, and shoulder. Signs of a brachial plexus injury include weakness in the arm, slow reflexes, lack of muscle control, decreased sensation, and ultimately paralysis. While some injuries recover on their own, others require physical therapy, splinting, and even surgery. If the injury is caused through negligence, such as doctor malpractice or a negligent driver, that individual will be liable for the damages suffered by the victim. Both adults and children are at risk of a brachial plexus injury, though the cause of the injury varies by age. Read the rest »

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Seattle Spinal Cord Injury FAQ

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 7, 2016

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. have handled many spinal cord injury cases. Over the years we’ve been able to secure spinal cord injury victims settlements to help them cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain suffering. Here are some common questions about spinal cord injuries we’ve heard over the years.

What is a Spinal Cord Injury?

Spinal cord injuries refer to damage done to the nerves inside vertebrae in the spine. These injuries can cause permanent disabilities like chronic pain and mobility issues. There are two types of spinal cord injuries: Read the rest »

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Study Finds Car Accidents a Major Source of Serious Spinal Cord Injuries

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on December 7, 2012

Washington Spinal Cord Injury Car CrashCar accidents are the most common cause of fracture in the axis vertebra, which is just one type of car accident spinal cord injury that can seriously affect the life of a victim. The axis vertebra is the second vertebra down from the base of the skull. The axis vertebra sits near the top of the neck. If the spinal cord is injured in this area as well, the victim may be partly or completely paralyzed.

One study, published in the medical journal Spine, followed 625 axis cervical spine fracture patients. Sixty-eight percent of the patients studied had suffered fractures in a car accident. Read the rest »

Spinal Cord Injuries Can Cause Lifelong Impairment

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on January 20, 2012

A spinal cord injury is any type of injury that damages the spinal cord, which is the bundle of nerves that travels inside the spine from the brain down the back. Even a relatively mild spinal cord injury can cause permanent pain, trouble with movement or coordination, or other disabilities. In recent years, researchers have begun to understand more about these devastating injuries, but they still know little about how to cure them.

According to the National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center (NSCISC), Americans suffer about 12,000 new spinal cord injuries each year. An additional unknown number of spinal cord injury sufferers lose their lives due to the injury, often before rescue workers can respond to the scene of their accident. Car accidents cause about 40 percent of new spinal cord injuries each year, and slip and fall accidents account for about 28 percent. Read the rest »

Seattle Car Accident Lawyer Notes Connections Between Spinal Cord Injury, Defective Equipment and Motor Vehicle Accidents

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on February 12, 2011

Motor vehicle accidents cause all kinds of injuries, possibly the most debilitating and tragic is a spinal cord injury. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 42% of all spinal cord injury cases were the result of auto or truck accidents. Tragically, the majority of Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) victims are young men between the ages of 16 and 30.

A Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) occurs when a sudden and traumatic blow to a person’s spine fractures, crushes or dislocates a part of his or her vertebrae. The effects of SCI depend on the type of injury and the level of the injury. SCI can be divided into two types of injury – complete and incomplete. A complete injury means that there is no function below the level of the injury, no sensation and no voluntary movement. Read the rest »

Our Case Results

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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