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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, 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.
When older adults become less able to care for themselves, loved ones choose a residential care facility they hope will be a good option for safe, supervised living. The vast majority of elder care facilities are run by well-trained, compassionate staff with a genuine...
Most settlements, especially those involving doctors and hospitals, involve confidentiality provisions. They are almost always a condition of settlement and the defense will refuse to settle a case without one. The California Supreme Court on July 11, 2019 held in...
Ben Ikuta of Hodes Milman, LLP recently settled a wrongful death case against a Los Angeles area hospital. On January 20, 2017, the 66-year old Decedent successfully underwent a thrombectomy and angioplasty surrounding a clotted fistula at a different hospital. At...
Court of Appeal Says 7 Months is Enough Time to Evaluate a Million Dollar Offer and Penalizes the Defense
Code of Civil Procedure section 998 is a powerful tool that promotes settlements in California. When a party sends a section 998 offer for a monetary amount, the other side has 30 days to respond to it. If the offer is rejected or the 30-day period lapses, there can...
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