Hospital Negligence May Kill Nearly 450,000 Each Year

Hospital errors may be the third most common cause of death in the U.S., according to a new study in the Journal of Patient Safety. The study estimates that as many as 440,000 deaths occur because of negligent care in hospitals every year.

That is far more than the 98,000 deaths estimated in an often-cited 1999 report by the called “To Err is Human” by the Institute of Medicine. Prominent researchers are deeming the methods used in the new study credible. Continue reading

27-Year-Old Cancer Patient Wins Medical Malpractice Case

On Sept. 9, Shilisa Rhodes was awarded $4.4 million for negligent care provided by her primary care physician, Jamie Hill-Daniel, and Unity Health Care. Hill-Daniel failed to diagnose Rhodes’ breast cancer when she went in with complaints of lumps and tenderness in 2009. Her cancer had progressed to incurable Stage IV by the time it was diagnosed in March 2011.

Rhodes is just 27. She is the mother of two children. Continue reading

Seattle Drowning Incidents Raise Serious Concerns

Safe n Sound Swimming DrowningA series of drowning incidents in Seattle has piqued our concern here at Perey Law Group, and we know we aren’t the only ones. We couldn’t help but be alarmed by Monday’s incident, which took place across the street from our offices.

According to the Seattle Times, a 6-year-old girl was rushed to the hospital after she was pulled from the deep end of a pool at Safe N Sound Swimming, which is located at 2000 Westlake Ave. It is not known how long she was below the surface of the water, but fortunately she was reported to be in stable condition and breathing.

The incident comes on the heels of another which left a young college student dead. Continue reading

Perey Law Group Honored By Best Lawyers Recognition

Ron Perey and the Perey Law Group are proud to have been named a 2013 Lawyer of the Year in medical malpractice law by Seattle’s Best Lawyers. The firm was featured in a cover story that dubbed Ron Perey Seattle’s ‘Godfather’ of medical malpractice.

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Seattle’s ‘Godfather’ of Medical Malpractice

Ron Perey has, indeed, had an illustrious career as an attorney. He was the first lawyer in the Northwest to win a jury verdict of over $1 million, and he holds the record for the largest jury verdict in the state of Washington — nearly $47 million — in a premise liability case.

While the Perey Law Group is proud of the settlements we have won, it is only because these settlements improve the lives of people who have been injured and need help.

“The satisfaction comes from helping our clients find closure and compensation after an event that has brought their lives to a halt,” Ron Perey told Seattle’s Best Lawyers.

Ron Perey was  chosen by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers. The honor is not only for the settlements won, but for his team’s honest dedication to their clients and their mission. The Perey Law Group takes on the most difficult cases in order to improve the lives of those who have suffered injury, but also to force broad change to prevent future suffering.

The Perey Law Group is honored to be recognized for our work, and we will continue to fight for closure, justice and compensation for our clients.

Fun Times Become Courtroom Battles as Trampoline Injuries Rise

As a child — and even as an adult — there is a certain playfulness and joy that only comes from springing off the elastic surface of a trampoline, soaring through the air and returning to a soft landing to be flung in the air once again. Trampolines are fun, no doubt about it. In rainy Washington, trampoline parks have become increasingly popular as patrons take advantage of a chance to be active indoors. With their rising popularity, however, has also come a rising concern over the safety of these parks. People are getting hurt. Badly. Reports of unenforced rules and dangerous conditions circulate not just through the community, but through the courts as well. One trampoline park in Bellevue in particular has faced numerous lawsuits for horrific injuries.

What Are Your Rights?

AA030138Cases against trampoline parks essentially claim premise liability and gross negligence. When you enter a place of business, you are considered to be an invitee. That means the business has the highest duty of care to keep you safe. Trampoline parks must adequately inform their customers of the dangers of the activity. In addition to this, however, they must ensure that all safety features are functioning properly, that all foreseeable dangers are protected against and that all safety rules are enforced. Continue reading

The Latest Pool Safety Infographic

It’s that time of year to hit the pool, especially with this nice Seattle summer! As an reminder to keep kids safe from drowning we make an infographic with important pool safety information. Last year was the introduction of the infographic and this year is the second edition.

Have a look and feel free to share this on your website or print-out and post next to your pool!

Click the image to see the full view.

Pool Safety Infographic


Recent Drowning Statistics

  • 5,100 emergency room-treated drowning related injuries treated annually from 2010-2012
  • 390 – annual average number of drowning deaths in pools and spas of children ages 0-14 from 2008-2010 as reported by the CPSC.
  • 67% of deaths involving children between ages of 1 and 3
  • Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4
  • 76% of reported fatalities and injuries which occur in children under 5

Robot Maker Wins First Case, But Faces More Trials

In 2008, Fred Taylor underwent surgery to remove his prostate. His procedure was performed with a surgical robot, but, after complications, his surgeon had to resort to traditional methods to complete the operation. For the next 4 years, Taylor suffered from complications linked to surgical errors, which eventually led to his death.

In May 2013, a jury found that Intuitive Surgical Inc., the maker of the da Vinci Surgical System used on Taylor, was not legally responsible for Taylor’s injuries. Taylor’s family had brought suit against Intuitive Surgical Inc., claiming that they were negligent in their training practices. There are at least 25 pending lawsuits against Intuitive, and some feel as though the loss of the first trial is bad news for other plaintiffs.

Fred Taylor’s case, however, was very unique and is not necessarily a good measure of how future juries will respond to future cases. Continue reading

$35 Million Verdict Awarded to Victims of Shoreline Dentist

In 2012, a Shoreline dentist was taken to court for malpractice and on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, the verdict was given. Henri Duyzend, Shoreline dentist since 1977, was found guilty of negligence, failure to obtain informed consent, fraud and the violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act. The award, to be shared between 29 former patients, is one of the largest in state history for dental negligence: $35 million. Continue reading

Is Your Gas Grill a Ticking Time Bomb?

On May 15, 2013, a propane tank connected to a gas grill exploded on the patio of a home in Agoura Hills, Calif. The condominium was engulfed in flames, but luckily the resident, Beck Rubin, saw the tank catch fire and fled to safety with her pets. Rubin told The Acorn that after turning off the barbecue when she finished grilling, she saw that the propane tank had caught fire. She called 911, grabbed her pets and ran.

Just two and a half weeks later, on June 2, a North Carolina man was taken to the hospital after his gas grill exploded. He reportedly had burns on 9% of his body, centered mostly around his face and ears. Continue reading

Was Washington Bridge Collapse a Terrible Accident or Trucking Company Negligence?

Dan Sligh and his wife, Sally, were driving along the I-5 in Washington heading for a Memorial Day weekend camping trip when, all of a sudden, the roadway disappeared in front of them. The bridge across the Skagit River collapsed after an over-sized truck hit the steel tresses. Three cars, including the Sligh’s, ended up in the river 25 feet below. Fortunately — and amazingly, considering the distance and the icy waters — no one was killed, and only minor injuries were sustained by the unlucky motorists.

The collapse of the I-5 bridge brings up several questions about the safety of bridges across the nation. Another pressing question: Who was responsible for the accident in the first place? Continue reading