Benjamin T. Ikuta

Benjamin T. Ikuta

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Benjamin T. Ikuta is an attorney who has been licensed in California since 2008 and who joined Hodes Milman, LLP in November of 2016.  Ben focuses on nursing home negligence, elder abuse, personal injury and product liability.  For the majority of his career prior to joining Hodes Milman, LLP, Ben worked for firms that primarily focused on defending skilled nursing facilities, residential care facilities for the elderly, hospitals, physicians, and nurses. He defended elder abuse, malpractice, and employment-related actions.  As a defense lawyer prior to joining Hodes Milman, LLP, Ben routinely secured judgments in favor of healthcare providers and insurance companies and provided counseling and presentations on how to reduce or avoid liability.

 

In 2016, Ben realized that his true calling was not in defending healthcare providers and insurance companies, but rather to work for those injured by wrongdoing.  Ben’s extensive experience with defense firms provides him a unique perspective in relation to the tactics and strategies implemented by insurance companies, corporations, and defense attorneys. This experience from the other side of the table allows Ben to represent plaintiffs more effectively and obtain the best possible results.

 

In July of 2017, Ben represented a couple involving the purchase of a house in Orange County.  The couple were both cross-plaintiffs and defendants in a countersuit involving the purchase of a house in Orange County.  Not only did Ben obtain a defense award in favor his client, but Ben prevailed on his client’s counter-claims for breach of contract and fraud.  As a result, the Court ordered that full title and ownership of the home be transferred to his clients.

 

In October of 2018, Ben represented a young woman who suffered a stillborn during an unplanned pregnancy at 17-years old.  Ben contended that the baby’s heart rate was not properly monitored by a nurse at Parkview Community Hospital Medical Center, leading to the baby’s demise.  The hospital denied liability and argued that its nurses acted appropriately at all times.  After a two-week jury trial in Riverside County, Ben secured a unanimous verdict in the amount of $500,000.

 

Since joining Hodes Milman, LLP, Ben has secured three 7-figure settlements and over a dozen 6-figure settlements for his clients.

Education

Ben received his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UCLA. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, where he served as Symposium Editor of the Hastings Law Journal. During law school, Mr. Ikuta made significant contributions to the public sector, providing research and recommendations for the Judicial Council of California and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

Honors

  • Southern California Super Lawyers Rising Star (reserved for top 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40) in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. In 2016 and 2018, Super Lawyers also selected Ben for the Up-And-Coming 25: Orange County Rising Stars list.
  • Top 25 Up-And-Coming Attorneys in Orange County by Orange Coast Magazine, 2018
  • Top Southern California Up-And-Coming Lawyers by Los Angeles Magazine, 2018

Notable Recoveries

    • January 29, 2018 – $1,500,000 settlement after physicians at a hospital failed to properly diagnose the patient with adrenal insufficiency, resulting in brain damage.
    • December 13, 2017 – $2,499,000 settlement involving a slip-and-fall case against an urgent care center resulting in a severe hematoma and brain damage.
    • December 5, 2017 – $3,000,000 settlement of a baby who was brain damaged at a hospital after a NICU nurse failed to recognize the symptoms of a bacterial infection.

 

To reach Ben Ikuta, contact our firm by calling 949-640-8222 or by email at BIkuta@HML.law.

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For more than 30 years, Hodes Milman 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 provides focused expertise to build a strategic case against negligent, injurious and willful offenders.




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