Many people die each year because of medical error

| May 31, 2019 | Medical Malpractice |

One unfortunate fact of life in Hawaii is that the human body is not perfect. People are injured and become ill from time to time. In many situations these injuries and illnesses will heal on their own and not require professional medical treatment. Sometimes illnesses can be much more serious though and medical treatment is required to ensure that people recover from their health issues. However, as people are aware, no one lives forever either and sometimes the illnesses and injuries will ultimately lead to death.

In many situations people die and there is nothing that doctors or other medical professionals can do to stop that from happening. Doctors do make mistakes every once in a while and other mistakes can happen during the treatment process. A study found that in fact 250,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to medical error. This makes medical error as the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. Medical error does not necessarily mean that there is a medical malpractice claim in each case.

While there are many errors that would not lead to medical malpractice claims, there are many errors that fall below the medical standards. When this occurs, the victim can be left in a worse situation than they would have been if the mistake did not happen. This can lead to further medical treatment and more medical bills and, in some cases, death. The victims and their families could be entitled to compensation from the doctors or their malpractice insurance.

Luckily for people in Hawaii, most of the time when people go to the doctor to treat various illnesses and injuries, they leave in a better position than they were when they arrived. However, there are many mistakes that can be made in the medical treatment process and when they do they can create devastating problems for the victim. They may be entitled to compensation, but the victims may have to go through a complicated medical malpractice lawsuit. Experienced attorneys understand these cases and may be able to guide one through it.

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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.