Doctor visits are rarely fun. In fact, most of the time, people go to see their physicians because they are either hurt or sick. When a health problem or crisis arises in the life of a Hawaii resident, they may have to make a trip to their preferred hospital or clinic to have their ailment remedied by a medical professional.
When a doctor makes a mistake during a surgical procedure, the error may be discovered immediately. For example, it is very clear when a patient suffers a wrong-site surgical error because they may come out of their procedure to see that their operation was performed on the wrong side of their body. However, not all medical mistakes are obvious at the time they occur. In some cases, affected patients may not know that they are victims of medical malpractice for a number of months or even years.
Malpractice claims arise when medical professionals fail in their duty to provide reasonable care for the patients in their care. Cases of medical malpractice occur in Hawaii.and when they do ,victims are left in worse states of health than they were in prior to engaging the services of medical practitioners. This post will review one important component of pleading a medical malpractice case: the standard of care that a medical professional is expected to offer to the patients under their care.
Birth injury legal cases are a subset of the wider legal field of medical malpractice. All cases of medical malpractice must be supported by evidence of negligence or other wrongdoing in order for an injured party to prevail and receive the damages they may need to get past their incident-related losses. In Honolulu, a child harmed in a preventable or negligence-based labor and delivery incident may have a claim for damages based on their sustained birth injuries.
In Hawaii, medical malpractice cases are not always related to complicated medical procedures or a birth injury. Mistakes over simple medical diagnoses or treatment can be fatal. Earlier this month, the parents of an eight-year-old girl settled a lawsuit over the failure to treat a strep infection that led to the girl's death after three trips to the emergency room.
Families rely on nursing homes to care for their vulnerable relatives. Lawsuits may be the only remedy to seek compensation for a nursing home injury or other medical negligence at these facilities.
The U.S House of Representatives narrowly passed legislation earlier this year that will restrict non-economic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000. This bill, if enacted, would limit monetary awards for suffering, losing limbs, pain and loss of companionship.