Statute of limitations for medical malpractice claims

| Jan 10, 2019 | Medical Malpractice |

Many people in Hawaii need help at some point in time. Most people are not experts in everything that may go wrong with their house, car, finances and other aspects of life. Therefore, when they need plumbing help, assistance fixing electrical issues, fixing their cars or help with other problems they call plumbers, electricians and go to car mechanics to have the problems fixed. So, naturally when something goes wrong with their health they go to doctors and other medical professionals.

Just like when people hire others to work for them, they expect that doctors will do their job correctly. They expect that the doctor will do everything they can to heal them. However, doctors are like anybody else and from time to time they make mistakes. Unfortunately their mistakes can cause major health problems for the victim and in fact put them in a worse position than when they first went to the doctor.

If this does happen, the victim may have a medical malpractice claim against the doctor or medical professional. If they are successful, the doctor may have to compensate the victim for the damages they caused as a result of their negligence. However, the claim must be filed within certain time limits, otherwise the person may lose their opportunity to file the lawsuit. People must file the claim within two years of learning of the injury and in any case not more than six years after the doctor made the mistake and caused the injury.

Most of the time when people go to the doctor, their condition does in fact improve. Also, certain things that happen are out of the control of a doctor and there is nothing they can do. Unfortunately though sometimes doctors also make mistakes and make the problem worse for the victim. People who suffer further injuries due to these mistakes may have a claim for medical malpractice against the doctor. These are very complicated cases and experienced attorneys may be able to guide one through the process.

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Case Results

$10,000,000 – Birth injury Medical malpractice case for newborn’s disabilities

$7,200,000 – Prison Medical Malpractice Failure to treat and diagnose an infection causing multiple organ failure and blood circulation. Such required both legs and both hands to be amputated.

$3,400,000 – Car accident Auto collision case (details are confidential)

$2,700,000 – Brain injury Failure to timely treat headaches resulted in brain injury, memory loss and ability to ambulate.

$2,500,000 –  Medical malpractice Death from a Maui medical facility’s delayed treatment of heart attack symptoms

$10,000,000 –  Birth injury Medical malpractice case for newborn’s disabilities

$7,200,000 – Prison Medical Malpractice Failure to treat and diagnose an infection causing multiple organ failure and blood circulation. Such required both legs and both hands to be amputated.

$3,400,000 – Car accident Auto collision case (details are confidential)

$2,700,000 – Brain injury Failure to timely treat headaches resulted in brain injury, memory loss and ability to ambulate.

$2,500,000 –  Medical malpractice Death from a Maui medical facility’s delayed treatment of heart attack symptoms

$2,500,000 –  Medical malpractice Settlement for the family of a man who died from a reaction to the wrong drug

$2,200,000 –  Catastrophic injury Negligence leading to disabling back and neck injury

$1,625,000 – Ship Worker Injury to a ship worker, who suffered serious permanent injuries. Details are confidential.

$1,600,000 –  Medical Malpractice Medical negligence for a delayed diagnosis of cancer

$1,500,000 –   Whale Watch Passenger For injuries suffered to whale watch vessel passenger

$1,000,000 –  Failure To Diagnose Colon Cancer Failure to perform diagnostic tests for colon cancer by a primary care physician.

$1,000,000 –  Misdiagnosis Policy Limits For misdiagnosis of lupus of a woman that resulted in kidney failure.

$1,625,000 – Ship Worker Injury to a ship worker, who suffered serious permanent injuries. Details are confidential.

$1,000,000 –  Motorcycle Collision Policy Limits Automobile turned left in front of motorcycle, causing death.

$1,000,000 – Medical Malpractice Policy Limits Malpractice of a physician who delayed a diagnosis of colon cancer.

$9,500,000 – Auto Accident Client suffered back and neck injuries from a rear end collision.

$800,000 –  Medical Malpractice for an older gentleman who was not given a test for prostate cancer, resulting in undiagnosed metastasized terminal cancer.

$600,000 –  Golf Cart Collision Our client suffered serious back injuries

$500,000 –  Pedestrian Hit By Auto Underinsured Motorist Policy Our client was on the curb when a car hit her.

$443,000 –  Defective Rental Car Judgment entered by a Maui court after a nearly 3 week trial of our client who suffered a knee injury when the rental van seat was not properly attached to the floor.

$375,000 – Dram Shop (Liquor Service) Liability Our client was hit by a person, served excess alcohol.

$375,000 –  Night Club Beating Our client was illegally assaulted

$275,000 –  Slip & Fall On Premises A slip and fall case on a Chinatown sidewalk that the City has a duty to maintain, but outside a restaurant, who did regularly maintain the area. The City and restaurant were both liable.