Medical Malpractice Law, Hawaiian Islands
What is Medical Malpractice?
There are many good medical providers and those who are not so good. Even conscientious doctors make bad decisions or mistakes that may result in serious injury or death to an innocent patient. Medical provider caused injuries can ruin lives and place tremendous burdens on the injured person and their family.
Mistakes and bad decisions can occur at any point in the process; during surgery or any other medical procedure routine or otherwise. Injuries to the patient may involve; failing to diagnose (missed diagnosis)or treat for the wrong condition (misdiagnosis), dispensing the wrong medication or improper administration of the dosage, failing to properly supervise staff or supervise the monitoring of the patient, or failing to fully inform the patient of the risks of the particulars of treatment, among numerous other potential errors.
The justice system provides a remedy of compensation to the victims of negligence, whether the negligence is committed by a doctor, nurse or someone else. That is the purpose of medical malpractice insurance in the case of medical errors. Insurance companies and doctors are among the wealthiest in our society and doctors in particular command tremendous respect. With that respect comes tremendous responsibility and accountability.
Patients expect and have a right to receive treatment that meets the standard of care. Medical malpractice or medical negligence means that the standard has not been met. Doctors recognize they can make mistakes, like anyone else, and that their mistakes can be extremely costly for their patients. Medical providers insure themselves for this very reason.
Of course, not every bad outcome following treatment is the result of medical malpractice. If the explanation of a bad outcome that has significantly diminished the patient's condition is unsatisfactory, then there may well be cause to inquire further. If you are in this situation, we invite you to contact attorney Judith Ann Pavey, a medical malpractice lawyer who represents patients and their families.
Judith Ann Pavey, Experienced Medical Malpractice Attorney, Hawaii
Ms. Pavey has handled medical malpractice cases involving death, permanent brain damage, permanent disability and disfigurement from birth injuries, failure to diagnose and delay in diagnosis of cancer, renal failure, brain aneurysm, cardiac conditions, etc., surgical and radiological procedure errors, post-surgical errors, medication mistakes, equipment malfunction, inadequate training of technicians/staff, and anesthesia errors, among others.