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Can You Claim PTSD in a Car Accident Claim?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 18, 2020

Traffic collision can be traumatic experiences that go beyond physical wounds. In cases involving traumatic brain injuries, victims can suffer mood swings, depression, anxiety, and other changes in cognitive functions. But even in accidents that do not involve head wounds, you can still be left with lasting emotional damage. This may affect your personal relationship, work-life balance, and ability to perform daily tasks.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Identifying and Treating Dog Bite Infections

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on June 4, 2020

Dog bites come with cuts, bruises, broken bones, and emotional trauma, but infections are another major risk most people forget about. As much as we love dogs, we all are aware of how filthy their mouths can be. After a dog bite, victims can suffer from a range of medical conditions and diseases caused by exposure to a dog’s saliva. It is imperative to understand the symptoms and treatments associated with dog bites in order to ensure you receive proper medical care and avoid costly injuries.

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Posted in: Dog Bite

Should You Report Your Car Accident on Google Maps?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 21, 2020

Google Maps has a host of hidden features that many people are not aware of. When you plan out a route, you can share your progress with friends and family to keep them updated on your arrival time or if you are worried about being involved in a violent crime. Or you can save your parking spot on a residential street or parking lot so that you can easily find your vehicle.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. Postpones Scholarship Announcement Dates

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on May 11, 2020

Since we announced our $500 scholarship on February 12, 2020, team at Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. has received an astounding amount of enthusiasm for the Make Your Mark Scholarship! Sadly, that means we still need more time to finish reviewing all of your well thought out essays and deciding on a winner.

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Holding Amazon Accountable for More Than Lost Packages

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 30, 2020

We all have experienced the joy stepping outside to check the mail and finding the package we ordered the night before on our doorstep. It’s become a mainstay of the 21st century. But this age of convenience also comes with new dangers that we now have to contend with – reckless delivery drivers.

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Can I Receive Compensation If I Was Jaywalking?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on April 8, 2020

Although jaywalking is illegal in Washington state, it is a fairly common practice. Pedestrians may assume that they have the right-of-way, think the fastest route is cutting across a major road rather than heading to a cross-walk, or think the road is empty. However, tragedy often strikes when we least expect it, and jaywalkers are often struck by vehicles. If you were jaywalking at the time you were injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be wondering how it will affect your compensation.

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Posted in: Pedestrian Accident

How Can Technology Help Your Bicycle Accident Claim?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 25, 2020

With the popularity of wearable fitness tracking devices on the rise, so is personal accountability. People typically begin wearing a fitness tracker to help them lead healthier lifestyles and track fitness goals. Should you get in an accident while cycling, personal activity tracking devices, such as Fitbits and Apple Watches, may also be able to help your personal injury case. Your data can help your Seattle personal injury attorney show a jury how the injuries you have sustained have affected your life after your bicycle accident. This is an unintended, but a potentially case-saving benefit of wearing a fitness tracking device.

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Posted in: Bicycle Accident

Are Electric Vehicles Safer in an Accident?

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 19, 2020

While our dreams of flying cars are still just that, the rise of electric vehicles is upon us. With both the advancement of hybrids and fully electric cars, consumers have more environmentally friendly and cost-efficient options when shopping for a car. At first, many of these vehicles were limited to shorter drive times, but with the availability of cross-country charging stations, it is not uncommon to see an electric vehicle on a major U.S. highway. But with this increase in electric vehicles on the road, we have to ask how safe they are in an accident.

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Posted in: Car Accidents

Seattle Regulations for Rideshare Drivers

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 10, 2020

If you believe you can download an app, slap a sticker on your car, and start raking in some extra cash, think again. Rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft can be a great source of income, but getting started is not as simple as it appears. The city of Seattle has stamped down hard on for-hire rideshare companies – referred to as “Transportation Network Companies” in government policies – in 2014, requiring strict regulations for how drivers are recruited and hired. These regulations are extensive and are designed to minimize the risks associated with rideshare accidents. Seattle requires rideshare drivers to complete the Transportation Network Company licensure before they can begin working.

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Posted in: Rideshare Accidents

Improve Your Commute & Travel Plans with Washington Travel Alerts

By Hardwick & Pendergast, P.S. on March 1, 2020

Let’s be honest – commuting around Seattle can be a nightmare. If it isn’t rain, ice, or snow causing traffic delays, it is the other commuters clogging up the roads. Here are some useful tools from The Washington State Department of Transportation to help you navigate any road conditions that may arise. We want you to arrive at your destination safely.

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Posted in: Safe Driving

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