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Noteworthy Victories on Behalf of our Clients

$10.9 Million Record Jury Verdict | 34-Year-Old Woman - Failure to Diagnose Cancer

In an HMO negligence lawsuit, two large HMOs failed to collaborate and share medical information resulting in improper follow up on a patient with cervical dysplasia. After 20 months had passed, the woman was diagnosed with Stage IV cervical cancer. In a $0 offer for her case from the HMO’s defense attorneys, Dan Hodes successfully recovered a record breaking $10,960,000 jury verdict on her family’s behalf. To date, this was the largest medical malpractice wrongful death verdict in Orange County.

$4.3 Million Settlement | Mis-Programming by Doctor leads to Brain Injury

A young man suffered oxygen deprivation leading to severe brain damage after a physician allegedly mis-programmed his cardiac defibrillator. The man, now 30-years-old, cannot speak and will need around-the-clock assistance for the rest of his life. He is cared for by his parents, who are both in their 60s. The man was born with a heart condition and had corrective surgery when he was an infant. The condition and corrective surgery made him predisposed to irregular heartbeats. In 2004, he had a defibrillator implanted to detect any irregular heartbeats and return his heart to normal rhythm. Five years later, the device’s battery was running low and a physician replaced it, but did not correctly reprogram the device. When the man suffered a heart rhythm disturbance the following month, the defibrillator did not respond properly, leading to severe brain injury. Daniel Hodes, of Hodes Milman Liebeck, LLP and Ken Sigelman, of the Law Offices of Kenneth M. Sigelman, represented the man and his family. The case resolved following mediation.

$370,000 Settlement | Medical Negligence in ER Delays Cancer Diagnosis
$5.3 Million Jury Verdict | 39-Year-Old-Male - Medical Negligence

A 39-year-old male walked into an urgent care clinic with a new onset of chest pain at rest and was diagnosed with gastritis. The physicians at Urgent Care felt that our client’s symptoms were not typical for unstable angina and placed him on a treadmill. 40 minutes after being discharged, our client died from cardiac complications. After a 10 day trial, the jury awarded our client’s favor, including noneconomic damages of $3,000,000 and economic damages of $2,339,037.

$800,000 Settlement | 71-Year-Old Man - Motor Vehicle Accident

A 71-year-old man, struck by a vehicle making an unsafe lane change suffered a cervical fracture. The following week, the man’s hands became numb and he was taken to a different hospital by his wife, where it was determined that he had suffered an acute compression fracture of the C7 vertebral body. The plaintiff has been unable to return to his full-time work as a senior aerospace engineer. Daniel M. Hodes represented the plaintiff resulting in a settlement of $800,000 for medical expenses, loss of income and pain and suffering.

$300,000 Settlement | Dog Attack Causes Facial Scarring

A 15-year-old high school student was invited to the home of a fellow member of his track team to skateboard. While there, the homeowner’s dog attacked him, biting him in the face and causing lacerations of his cheek, lip, and chin. The matter settled for the homeowner’s insurance policy limit of the dog’s owner.


$3.1 Million Settlement | 58-Year-Old Father Becomes Quadriplegic Due to Faulty Tires

In 2004, a self-employed 58-year-old father of five, was driving his 1999 Black Ford Ranger when the tread on his tire separated causing the vehicle to rollover. Before the accident, he brought the car in to have one tire replaced under the warranty; however, after the accident, it was discovered that the tire had been patched, not replaced. It was also shown that the manufacturer of the tires used substandard materials which contributed to the premature aging of the tire. As a result of the rollover accident caused by the defective tire, he is now a quadriplegic and needs 24/7 care.


Motorcycles & Lane-Splitting: Who is at Fault?

Motorcycles & Lane-Splitting: Who is at Fault?

During stopped or slow-moving traffic in California, motorcycles are allowed to pass between cars. This maneuver is known as lane-splitting and is only legal in California. The California Highway Patrol published guidelines on motor lane-splitting for experienced...

Wrongful Death: When Should You File a Claim?

Wrongful Death: When Should You File a Claim?

If you have experienced the death of a loved one, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed and confused, whether it was sudden or expected. However, losing a loved one can be doubly difficult to recover from when it was a wrongful death. Families of wrongful death victims can...

The Difference Between a Class Action and Mass Tort

The Difference Between a Class Action and Mass Tort

Class Action and Mass Tort: The Differences Class action and mass tort cases are civil lawsuits with many similarities, yet very distinct differences in how they are “litigated” or processed through the legal system. Despite their differences, both class action and...

How the “July Effect” Puts Patients at Risk

How the “July Effect” Puts Patients at Risk

What is the July Effect? Every July, thousands of medical school students begin residencies, giving them the opportunity for increased responsibility involving patient care. After years of classroom learning, newly graduated doctors are working on real patients in...

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For more than 30 years, Hodes Milman Liebeck has provided families and individuals experienced, trusted and compassionate legal representation when they've been injured by another's carelessness or negligence. As a team of personal injury and product liability attorneys, Hodes Milman Liebeck provides focused expertise to build a strategic case against negligent, injurious and willful offenders.

Featured in the News

For their support of the Veterans Legal Institute, Managing Partners Jeff Milman, Dan Hodes and Kevin Liebeck received special recognition from the State of California, Congress and the United States. The firm has fought relentlessly to protect those who have served the country in matters involving medical malpractice, medical negligence and federal... Read More