Medical Malpractice

Honolulu Medical Malpractice Attorney

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At the Law Office of Jon S. Jacobs, LLLC, we represent people who have been injured due to the negligence of medical providers. Despite the years of training that doctors and other medical professionals receive, mistakes still happen. In medical negligence/malpractice cases, the “acceptable standard of care” question is one that must be established very early in the case. The standard of care is understood to be the generally accepted practices and procedures used by other medical professionals in the same geographic area when treating patients suffering the same disease or disorder under the same or similar circumstances.

Our Honolulu medical malpractice attorney can guide you thorough the process to get the compensation you deserve. Call (808) 468-6484 for a free consultation with our team today, or contact us online.

What Is Medical Malpractice?

Medical malpractice is when a medical professional does something wrong or makes a mistake that causes harm to someone. In Hawaii, it is important to understand the accepted standards of care for medical treatment in order to determine if medical malpractice has occurred. If you believe you have been injured due to medical negligence, a Honolulu medical malpractice attorney can help get the compensation you deserve.

Compensation for Medical Malpractice Victims

Medical malpractice victims may be entitled to several types of compensation. Commonly awarded damages include the cost of medical expenses and lost wages, as well as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other non-economic costs. In severe cases, punitive damages can also be pursued. A Honolulu medical malpractice attorney will have knowledge in various areas of law that will help you pursue your case effectively.

What Are Common Injuries That Result From Medical Negligence?

Medical malpractice can lead to many different types of injuries. This is because medical care involves a lot of delicate work and it is important to get it right. Any mistake made by a doctor or other medical professional can cause harm and injury.

Here are a few common injuries that can happen due to medical error:

  • Hospital-acquired infections: This type of infection occurs when a patient gets an infection due to insufficient sanitation at a hospital or medical facility.
  • Birth injuries: Birth injuries refer to any physical or mental harm caused to the baby during delivery resulting from neglect by the healthcare providers involved in the process.
  • Misdiagnosis/delayed diagnosis: This happens when a doctor incorrectly diagnoses a condition, fails to diagnose it, or takes too long to make an accurate diagnosis, which can lead to further complications and even death in some cases.
  • Medication errors: A medication error is any preventable mistake involving prescription drugs such as incorrect dosage, wrong drug prescribed for treatment, etc., and can cause serious side effects including death depending on how severe it is.
  • Surgery complications/surgical errors: These include anesthesia errors, wrong site surgery (operating on the wrong body part), performing the wrong surgery altogether, leaving foreign objects inside patients after surgery (e.g., sponges left inside wound) among others. This negligence can lead to additional suffering for victims and their families if not properly addressed and if proper compensation is never recovered.

Requirements for a Medical Malpractice Case in Hawaii

  • Existence of a caring relationship - A medical malpractice case can only be pursued if there was a doctor-patient relationship at the time the injury occurred. Medical professionals and physicians may only be liable for malpractice if they were engaged in the treatment or diagnosis process.
  • Medical negligence can be proven - A patient must be able to prove that they were harmed due to treatment lacking the standard of care.
  • Medical negligence caused the injury - It must be proven that action or inaction on the part of the doctors or physician caused harm, not the patient's condition.
  • Damages as a result of injury - It must be proven that the patient experienced actual damages and harm due to the doctor's failure to meet the standard of care.

Contact our Medical Malpractice Attorneys

In order to prove a breach of this standard of care, your lawyer will have to rely on testimony from expert medical witnesses, who must have extensive experience in the same type of medicine at the same level of expertise and in the same region as defendant(s). Additional medical experts are often required to testify that the standard of care breach caused patient’s injuries, and further attest to the extent of the damages.

Our Honolulu medical malpractice lawyer has the resources and skills needed in order to prove your case and achieve the compensation you’re owed for your pain and suffering. Contact us today!

Common Types of Medical Malpractice

As a patient, you trust your doctors and health care providers with your life and to help you get better, not worse. It’s unacceptable for physicians to put their patients’ lives in danger and injure them further, but unfortunately, it happens all the time.

If you have been injured, you need an attorney who has experience in medical negligence and malpractice cases. Mr. Jacobs understands the complex laws that apply to these cases in Hawaii, and he can help you maximize your chances of winning the compensation you deserve.

Types of medical negligence/malpractice claims that our office pursues:

  • Failure to diagnose
  • Wrong diagnosis
  • Surgical negligence
  • Birth injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Hospital-acquired infections
  • Medication errors
  • Dangerous pharmaceuticals
  • Defective medical devices
  • Failure to treat
  • Blood contamination
  • Wrongful death
  • Hospital negligence/malpractice
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