Medical Malpractice

Rosenberg McKay Hoffman is a Honolulu law firm helping personal injury victims in Hawaii who have been injured due to the negligence or misconduct of others, including cases of medical malpractice.

When we are sick or otherwise need medical attention, we place our trust, our health, and sometimes our lives, in the hands of a medical professional whom we expect has the competence and concern to care for us. When that trust is broken, either through negligence or incompetence, our faith in the system is shattered. When the breach of duty also causes injury, we may find ourselves worse off than before we sought medical help, requiring additional medical care and sometimes left with permanent disabilities. Doctors who breach their professional duty by performing below the appropriate standard of care may be guilty of medical malpractice and liable to the patient for the damages they have caused.

Medical malpractice can cause serious injuries or wrongful death. A patient who is deprived of oxygen for an extended period of time (hypoxia) while under anesthesia during surgery or in the birthing process may be stricken with permanent brain damage. A botched back surgery or other procedure near the spinal cord could result in permanent paralysis such as paraplegia or quadriplegia. Improperly performed surgeries can cause internal bleeding, requiring additional surgeries to repair the damage. If the wrong procedure is performed or the wrong medication prescribed, the results can be disastrous.

Our firm handles all types of medical malpractice, including:

  • Failure to diagnose or misdiagnosis
  • Failure to treat or improper treatment
  • Prescribing or administering the wrong medication
  • Performing a surgery on the wrong part of the body (wrong site/wrong side of body)
  • Performing the wrong surgery or procedure (mixing up patients/charts)
  • Leaving a foreign object such as clamps or sponges in the patient after surgery
  • Misreading a patient's chart
  • Birth injuries to mother or child
  • Failing to monitor or negligently monitoring fetal health during birth

While events such as these are never acceptable, they do happen. When they do, it is important to aggressively pursue a claim against the doctor, nurse, hospital, or other appropriate medical professional or entity, not only to be compensated for your injuries, but to make sure that steps are taken so that others are not injured by the same form of negligence or incompetence as well.

If you have been injured through medical malpractice, it is important to retain an experienced personal injury attorney who knows how to handle the unique and complicated issues associated with medical malpractice claims, such as the proper statute of limitations and the appropriate measure of damages, and how to establish the standard of care and its breach through medical expert testimony and reports. In Hawaii, contact Rosenberg McKay Hoffman for personal service and attention from experienced Hawaii personal injury lawyers.