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Kids and Sports Can Be a Dangerous Mix

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 27, 2018

Sports are a part of American life, and can be especially important for youngsters. Organized sports and athletics can instill a sense of team play, responsibility, self-confidence, fitness, and good communication. Every day, parents enroll their kids in soccer, baseball, football, ballet, and other sports, and hope that even if they don’t become the next Kobe or Ronaldo, they will at least learn some valuable life lessons and remain healthy and active. Read the rest »

Posted in: Brain Injury

New High School Drivers Hit the Road in September

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 14, 2018

If we could turn back time, many of us would choose to go back to the day we passed our driver’s exam. There aren’t many other occasions when you feel such a sense of exhilaration, excitement, and newfound independence.

However, newly minted drivers can be problematic on the road. Read the rest »

Back to School Means Watch Out for Child Pedestrians!

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on September 4, 2018

As summer comes to an end, kids all over America are gearing up to go back to school. And many of them will be walking. Read the rest »

Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

All the Causes of Car Crashes (That You Did and Didn’t Know)

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 24, 2018

As we drive by a car wreck, many of us (even though most would deny it) slow down to look. We try to make out exactly what happened; we try to recreate the history of the crash in our heads. Was it one careless driver, was it both, or did everyone do what they were supposed to, but ended up in this predicament nonetheless? Read the rest »

Posted in: Car Accidents

Seattle, Land of Vacation Rentals (and Accidents)

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on August 10, 2018

There is nothing more depressing and unlucky than getting physically hurt while on vacation. A time that should have been spent having fun and relaxing in the sun turns into a scary situation where medical treatment might be necessary. Summer is here, and with the boom of Airbnb, almost anyone can enjoy a vacation stay in a different city, state, or even country, without shelling out exorbitant money on hotel prices.

Although most Airbnb stays are very safe, you can never be sure that the pictures you see online show you everything, including the potential dangers that await you in your host location. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Liability

Impaired Drivers and You

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 22, 2018

Despite years of public campaigns against driving while under the influence, impaired drivers continue to plague our roads. As the Washington Safety Traffic Commission points out, impaired driving is still a leading factor in Washington traffic deaths. And while driving under the influence of alcohol used to be the main issue, with the recent legalization of marijuana, more and more drivers are getting behind the wheel while high, many believing they are not impaired in any way. Read the rest »

Are You Safe During the 100 Deadly Days?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 13, 2018

For teenagers, few things are more exciting than getting their hands on their very own driver’s license. The freedom of the open road, no more begging mom and dad for rides, the ability to impress their friends, and the independence of being able to get away from the parental units for a while…we all remember these wonderful things.

But statistics tell a darker story. They point to the fact that teenagers are an at-risk group for car crashes, especially during the summer. Memorial Day is the start of what’s known as “The 100 Deadliest Days” of driving for teenagers. Read the rest »

How the Opioid Crisis Hit Washington State

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on July 5, 2018

Washington has been on the forefront of the battle against opioid addiction in America, which has been skyrocketing in recent years. As stated by the Office of the Attorney General, “In 2015, 718 Washingtonians died from opioid overdose, more than from car accidents. The majority of drug overdose deaths—more than six out of ten—involve an opioid. Nationwide, 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids for chronic pain in primary care settings struggle with addiction.” Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

We Have the Medical Technology, but Not Always the Right Answers

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 15, 2018

It’s a sad truth, but cancer misdiagnoses are still a huge cause of medical malpractice claims in the United States today. National research studies claim that fewer than 2% of people get a misdiagnosis from a hospital pathology laboratory test for cancer. That may seem like a tiny percentage, but 1.3 million Americans receive a diagnosis of cancer every year. This means that a 1.2 percent error rate on cancer lab tests could equal about 14,300 incorrect results. Read the rest »

Posted in: Medical Malpractice

While You Cheer Your Team, Watch Out for These Stadium Dangers

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 2, 2018

From CenturyLink Field to Safeco Field to Key Arena to Memorial Stadium, there are many stadiums and sporting events around Seattle that attract thousands of fans almost every day. Read the rest »

Posted in: Premises Liability

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