How attorney Richard Turbin helps the underdogs in Honolulu and Oahu

| May 14, 2020 | Uncategorized |

Richard Turbin has always fought for the underdog, and he has the scars on his body to prove it.

Even before founding our firm, Turbin Chu Heidt, more than 40 years ago, Mr. Turbin has dedicated his career to helping people who often have serious problems and nobody to help them. Born and raised in Queens, New York, he first came to the South Pacific as a Peace Corps attorney. In 1971, he moved to Honolulu to work for the Office of the Public Defender, where he met his wife and future legal partner, Rai Saint Chu.

Mr. Turbin quickly became part of the community. He joined the Hawai’i Harlequins Rugby Football Club, which he considers his “first family” here in Hawai’i. He and Ms. Chu founded our firm, which over the decades has helped thousands of people who were injured due to a motor vehicle accident, medical malpractice and other forms of negligence get fair compensation.

Helping Wai‘alae-Kāhala tackle its problems for 40 years

When office hours end, Mr. Turbin’s work to make the community better continues. As a member of the Wai‘alae-Kāhala Neighborhood Board No. 3 since 1980 and chairman of the board for 20 years, Mr. Turbin has helped fight for solutions to neighborhood issues such as crime, liquor stores and real estate development. Among his proudest achievements is the neighborhood boards’ successful fight against notorious real estate kingpin Genshiro Kawamoto’s plan to drive down real estate prices and evict tenants on Kāhala Avenue. On his watch, the board has also gotten protective fencing for Kāhala Elementary School and forced The Kāhala Hotel & Resort to halt its plan to increase public easements on neighboring properties.

Serving ordinary people with complex legal problems

Through it all, Mr. Turbin has dedicated himself to the values he fought for when he took on bullies in the schoolyard as a child. Our law firm will use the law to give the underdog a fair chance for years to come.

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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.