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.