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For every client, a favorable result, whether it be a jury verdict or settlement is a journey that originated in a catastrophic event thereby changing our client’s life. Upon deciding to seek legal counsel, they may have asked a trusted friend, knew someone who was a lawyer or researched the internet. However the thousands of individuals who have come to us began their case with a consultation, a common question is to know what the result may be and so we have collected more than 130 for you to read should you choose. The results are to help people just like yourself who may be viewing our website for the first time, to be able to see if your case is similar in nature and see examples of the resulting jury verdict or agreed to settlement. Please understand that many of the details are confidential and must be omitted, and several of our cases in which the outcome was exponential or record-setting, may not be disclosed publicly.
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Featured Case Results
Pregnant Woman Sustains Permanent Brain Damage Resulting from Improperly Managed Respiratory Issues
Infant Suffers Seizures After Hospital Mismanages Ventilator and Breathing Tube
50-Year-Old Woman Suffers Loss of Use of Left Arm After Attempted Biopsy
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 Ikuta, LLP and Ken Sigelman, of the Law Offices of Kenneth M. Sigelman, represented the man and his family. The case resolved following mediation.
$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.
$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.
$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.
Medical Malpractice Cases | Orange County Lawyer
Three Patients Developed Surgical Site Infections After Being Operated on by a Surgeon Colonized with MSSA; Cases Settled for $12,350,000
Pregnant Woman Sustains Permanent Brain Damage Resulting from Improperly Managed Respiratory Issues; Settled for $5,700,000
A 17-year-old pregnant woman suffered profound and permanent brain damage resulting from the hospital staff’s alleged failure to properly manage her respiratory issues. The woman, who was 34 weeks pregnant at the time, was admitted to the hospital with back and abdominal pain. Over the next few days, her condition deterioriated and she was septic in addition to developing respiratory problems. To manage these conditions, the patient was intubated and put on a ventilator. After giving birth to her daughter, her condition further worsened and she ultimately lost consciousness. Upon resuscitation, she was found to have suffered a severe global hypoxic brain injury resulting in significant diffuse cognitive impairment. Due to alleged improper monitoring of her respiratory status and the resultant lack of oxygen to her brain, the patient was severely impaired both cognitively and physically and will require constant medical care for the remainder of her life. Daniel M. Hodes represented the plaintiff through her conservator. After two years of litigation and two sessions of mediation, the case resolved for $ 5,700,000.
Infant Sustains Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy Birth Injuries; Settled for $4,250,000
Infant Suffers Seizures After Hospital Mismanages Ventilator and Breathing Tube; Settled for $4,100,000
After multiple visits to the emergency room because of minor seizures, the hospital arranged to have the 9-month old infant transported to a different facility for a higher level of care and was placed on a ventilator in anticipation of the transport. When the transport team from the second hospital arrived, it was discovered that there was an airway problem and the infant was not receiving adequate ventilation due to a mucus plug that was blocking the tube. After arriving at the second hospital, the infant suffered extensive continuous seizure activity due to a lack of oxygen to the brain. Representing the plaintiff’s family, attorneys Jeff Milman and Dan Hodes obtained a settlement of $4 million with the first hospital and $100,000 with the second hospital, resulting in a total settlement of $4.1 million.
Discontinuation of Antibiotic Medication Puts Women in Irreversible Coma; Settled for $4,000,000
After suffering from a fever for four weeks, a 49-year old woman was diagnosed with leukemia, underwent chemotherapy and was prescribed various antibiotics. During chemotherapy, she was taken off her antibiotics, and soon after her fever resumed. 24-hours later, she lapsed into a coma. If the doctors had followed the proper standard of care and kept her on the antibiotics, she would have avoided the neurologic insult.
Twin Child Suffers From Spastic Quadriparetic Cerebral Palsy After Negligence Related to Other Twin’s Death During Pregnancy Term; Settled for $6,000,000
Larry Eisenberg and Daniel Hodes of Hodes Milman Ikuta, LLP secured a $6,000,000 settlement on behalf of a 10-year-old brain-injured child. His mother was pregnant with monochorionic twins in 2009 who shared one placenta. Twin B was growth restricted, due to unequal placental share, a velamentous cord insertion, and reverse end-diastolic
flow in his umbilical artery. The plaintiff alleged that once the pregnancy reached viability, the standard of care required hospitalization, close monitoring, and early delivery. Instead, monitoring was eased. Two weeks later, Twin B, the smaller of the two, was found to have expired. His death caused a hypoxic injury to Twin A, which was discovered at age six months. That twin now suffers from spastic quadriparetic cerebral palsy.
Woman Suffers Permanent Paralysis Due to an Undiagnosed Stroke; No Offer Case; Arbitration panel Finds for Plaintiff on Liability and Causation, Case then Settles
A 44-year-old woman suffered from a middle cerebral artery stroke allegedly as a result of her physician’s failure to properly diagnose the condition based on early warning signs, resulting in permanent partial paralysis. The woman described her symptoms over the phone to her primary care physician, including a “pinching” sensation in the neck and a feeling of heaviness in her upper left extremity which progressed into numbness and tingling of her left handand wrist. Upon hearing the description of her symptoms, the physician purportedly advised her to take two Advil. When she woke up the next morning, the plaintiff was unable to move or speak. Upon her arrival at the hospital, she was diagnosed with a complete middle cerebral artery stroke, resulting in partial left upper and lower extremity paralysis and aphasia. It was argued that had she been advised by her physician to go immediately to the ER as per the standard of care, it is likely that her stroke could have been prevented by aggressive intervention. Daniel M. Hodes represented the plaintiff in arbitration, obtaining findings of liability and causation that resulted in a $2,225,000 settlement.
Insufficient Emergency Room Diagnosis Leaves 30-Year Old Woman in a Vegetative State; Settlement of More Than $4,000,000
The emergency room diagnosed a 30-year old woman complaining of blurry vision and headaches with hyperventilation and anxiety. Three days later she returned to the hospital after being found unconscious at home. Her condition worsened but her pulmonologist was not notified until she was irreparably harmed. The woman remains in a vegetative state.
Failure to Diagnose Bacterial Infection Leads Women to Undergo Multiple Limb Amputations; Settled for $3,850,000
An emergency room physician failed to properly diagnose and treat a young mother of two who suffered from a bacterial infection. The doctor failed to administer antibiotics which resulted in toxic shock syndrome leading to her becoming septic. This caused her to lose blood flow to her hands and feet resulting in gangrene and eventually limb amputation. The woman is permanently disabled because of the physician’s negligence.
$2,500,000 Settlement: Lack of adherence to protocol causes premature triplets to contract infections killing two of the infants and severe brain damage to the third infant
A 30-year old woman, pregnant with triplets, was admitted to the NICU due to pregnancy complications, stemming from in-vitro fertilization. After an extremely premature birth, all three infants contracted infections due to staff’s failure to observe proper hospital protocol, resulting in death for two of the triplets and severe brain damage for one. Following their birth, all three were treated for staph infections, and two were ventilator dependent. The first infant died due to lack of treatment for pneumonia contracted from the ventilator due to a clerical error, preventing the necessary immediate treatment. The second infant died due to complications from an unnecessary intubation attempt by an unqualified and uncertified doctor. The infant was reportedly doing very well before the intubation attempt. The third, healthiest infant was selected for a random clinical trial against protocol. After being given higher than recommended doses of the clinical drug, the infant experienced kidney failure and severe brain damage. Jeffrey A. Milman, Esq., and Geoffrey S. Gray of Counsel Hodes Milman Ikuta represented the triplet’s parents in mediation, resulting in a $2,500,000 settlement.
UCI Fertility Clinic Resolves Dispute with 12 Individuals for More Than $4,000,000
Two renowned fertility doctors from the UCI Center for Reproductive Health allegedly misappropriated embryos from 12 individuals and allegedly transferred the embryos to others without consent.
Multiple Sclerosis Misdiagnosis Causes Liver Failure and Neurologic Injury; Settled for $2,100,000
A 45-year-old woman was misdiagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) and as a result, sustained injuries including neurologic damage and liver failure. The woman, who consulted her primary care physician because one of her legs was dragging when she walked was referred to a neurologist for care. She underwent a complete MS workup, including MRIs of the brain and spine; although the results were not indicative of MS, the neurologist began treating her condition as such, implementing a regimen that included the administration of MS medications. Less than six months after this treatment regimen began, the plaintiff was hospitalized with acute liver failure, necessitating a transplant. While in the hospital, it was discovered that the plaintiff was not suffering from MS, but rather a herniated disc which could have been treated with surgery. Following the transplant, she experienced two episodes of rejection and remains neurologically impaired. Daniel M. Hodes represented the plaintiff. The case resolved in mediation for $2.1 million.
61-Year-Old Veterinarian Suffers Disabled Hand Due to Negligent Surgery; Settled for $2,000,000
Newlywed Man in Permanent Vegetative State after Appendix Removal; Settled for $2,000,000
Elderly Man Suffers Brain Injury Caused By Negligent Nurses; Settled for $2,400,000
A 71-year old man was scheduled to be transferred from the intensive care unit to the hospital floor. His nurses failed to notice his dire desaturation. During a blood transfusion, the nurses also failed to monitor his vital signs, an accepted standard of care. As a result, he now suffers from brain injury, is on a ventilator and requires 24/7 inpatient care. The defendant’s offered $1.5 million.
Woman Suffers Incurable Breast Cancer Due to Delayed Diagnosis: Settled for $1,550,000
HM represented a 46 year-old woman suffering from incurable breast cancer with a less than one year life expectancy due to a delay in diagnosis. The plaintiff visited multiple doctors and underwent several screening mammograms from May 2007 to June 2009. Unfortunately, worrisome findings were not appreciated, and a further work up was not undertaken, resulting in a two-year delay in diagnosis. If she had been diagnosed in 2007, the likelihood of a cure would have been upwards of 70%. HM attorney’s obtained a $1,550,000 settlement on behalf of their client.
42-Year-Old Woman Sustains Permanent Injury to Her Right Leg After a Lidocaine Injection Needle Struck Her Spinal Cord; Settled for $1,500,000
Daniel Hodes of Hodes Milman Ikuta, LLP, and Juan D. Garcia of Garcia and Phan represented a 42-year-old woman who was to undergo a blood patch procedure at T12/L1. In injecting lidocaine to numb the area before placing the blood patch, the needle struck her spinal cord, producing permanent injury to her right leg. The case settled for
50-Year-Old Woman Suffers Loss of Use of Left Arm After Attempted Biopsy; Settled for $1,500,000
Jennifer R. Johnson and Daniel Hodes represented a 50-year-old woman who underwent an attempted biopsy of what was believed to be a necrotic lymph node in her left neck. Her surgeon transected a major nerve in her brachial plexus, leaving her with the loss of functional use of her left arm. The case was resolved for $1,500,000.
Baby Born with Down Syndrome After Negligent Interpretation of Prenatal Genetic Testing; Settled for $1,750,000
Our firm represented a husband and wife who gave birth to a Down Syndrome baby girl after doctors neglected to exercise proper care while interpreting prenatal genetic test results. During the second trimester, doctors tested the fetus for Down Syndrome and other genetic abnormalities on two separate occasions, yet despite observing warning signs, they did not interpret the results of these tests as indicative of Down Syndrome. HM attorneys argued that the doctors failed to obtain a proper analysis within the required standard of care and, had this been done, it is probable that the result would have been positive for Down Syndrome. The firm settled the case for $1.75 million on behalf of the plaintiffs.
67-Year-Old Man Received Delayed Lung Cancer Diagnosis; Settled for $1,150,000
Misdiagnosis Causes Neurologic Injury; Settled for $1,300,000
A 45-year-old woman was referred by her primary care physician to a neurologist because she was noted to be dragging her leg while walking. MRI of the head, neck and thoracic spine was read by both a neuroradiologist and neurologist as normal. Both failed to appreciate a herniated thoracic disc. The neurologist diagnosed her with MS. By the time it was realized that the MS diagnosis was wrong, the patient had suffered permanent neurological damage. Daniel M. Hodes represented the plaintiff. The case resolved in mediation for $1.3 million.
Man Dies Because His Severe Heart Disease Was Not Diagnosed; Arbitration award of $1,100,000
A 52-year-old man died from a heart attack at work after doctors and a cardiac nurse failed to recognize his heart disease. An autopsy following the man’s death revealed a 90-95 percent blockage in the left anterior descending artery. Fourteen days before he died, during a routine visit to his doctor, the man complained of chest pain. The man had smoked for more than 20 years, had high blood pressure and had other risk factors for heart disease. His doctor ordered a treadmill stress test, which was performed several days later at a medical clinic by a cardiac nurse. Neither the man’s doctor nor the cardiac nurse took a detailed cardiac history before the treadmill test. When the man reported chest pain during the stress test, the test was stopped, but the circumstances surrounding the pain were not recorded. The man was not seen by a physician during the stress test visit; however, a physician reviewed the test data and determined that the man was at low risk for cardiovascular disease. If a detailed cardiac history had been taken before the stress test or if the nurse had recognized the serious nature of the man’s chest pain, it would have been discovered he had heart disease and appropriate treatment given. No settlement offer was made. Daniel M. Hodes took the case to arbitration, and $1,100,000 award was issued.
Emergency Room Incorrectly Assesses Mentally Impaired Woman’s Pregnancy and Induces Birth Causing Trauma to Baby; Settled for $1,500,000
A mentally impaired woman who did not know she was pregnant entered an urgent care with complaints of menstrual bleeding, abdominal cramping, nausea and vomiting. The emergency room failed to follow its own procedures and induced birth with medication. The child suffered from severe respiratory distress and asphyxia.
66-Year-Old Man Succumbs to Liver Cancer After Screening and Intervention Failures; Settled for $1,000,000
47-Year-Old Woman Experiences 30-Month Delay in Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis; Settled for $1,000,000
Veteran Amputee Insufficiently Treated for Increasing Back Pain; Settlement of $1,000,000
A veteran who underwent a leg amputation also complained of lower and mid-back pain at the time of surgery. He returned to the VA hospital for severe spinal pain, incontinence and numbness, and required stronger medications. Doctors first obtained a lumbar instead of thoracic spine MRI, which was indicated. Several days after being admitted, he was diagnosed with a neurological abscess in the spine, and had surgery.
Baby Born with Severe Birth Defects Due to Negligent Medical Care
A doctor prescribed Accutane to treat a 22-year-old woman’s acne. For years, the drug’s manufacturer had known that Accutane can cause birth defects, and initiated an educational program to reinforce the important of pregnancy prevention, including the recommendation that physicians twice administer a pregnancy test and require a signed commitment to use two forms of birth control while using Accutane. There is no evidence this patient was counseled about the risks, nor was she tested for pregnancy. In 2003, she became pregnant and two weeks later, stopped the Accutane treatment. When the baby was born, a CT scan revealed cystic expansion of one of the ventricles of her brain directly caused from utero exposure to Accutane.
Woman Develops Intractable Pain After Surgical Mishap; Settled for $1,000,000
HM represented a 47-year old woman who developed intractable pain syndrome as a result of a surgical mishap during her total vaginal hysterectomy. After the hysterectomy, the plaintiff returned to the hospital with pain and a CT scan showed a right hydronephrosis and was taken into surgery again. The surgery revealed her right ureter had been cut during her hysterectomy and as a result, she had to receive a right ureteronecystostomy and continues to suffer from pain. Our firm obtained a $1,000,000.00 settlement on behalf of their client.
63-Year-Old Woman Suffers Above-the-Knee-Amputation After Administration of Blood Thinning Medication; Settled for $1,000,000
52-Year-Old Woman Experiences Breast Cancer Treatment Delay After Diagnosis Error; Settled for $1,000,000
Daniel Hodes of Hodes Milman Ikuta, LLP and Sean M. Burke of Burke | Argos represented a 52 year-old woman whose positive breast biopsy was not communicated to her, resulting in a 6 month delay in treatment of her triple negative breast cancer. Her survival probability went from 90% to 60-70% consequent to the delay. The matter resolved for policy limits of $1,000,000.00.
Husband and Father Dies of Heart Condition That Doctor Failed to Diagnose; Settled For $1,000,000
A 48-year-old husband and father of two died of a cardiac arrhythmia that his doctor failed to diagnose, even though the man had seen the doctor just days earlier with symptoms suggestive of the condition. The victim visited the doctor the day after fainting while walking with his wife. Although the incident was suggestive of an arrhythmia, the doctor did not follow accepted standards of care, which would have required that his patient see a cardiologist immediately. The victim died four days later. Daniel Hodes represented the deceased’s family and recovered $1 million (the limit of the doctor’s insurance coverage) in mediation, for their personal loss as well as the loss of the decedent’s support.
Patient Requires Liver Transplant as a Result of Incorrectly Performed Surgery; Settled for $999,900
A 25-year old, who had a history of abdominal pain due to gallstones, was advised by a physician to electively remove her gallbladder. The surgery was performed incorrectly, resulting in a vein injury which necessitated a liver transplant. The operating physician used a single port procedure and not the required three port procedure. Post-operation, a bile leak was discovered due to the vein injury and the plaintiff’s liver was found to be irreparably damaged, ultimately leading to a liver transplant. Jeff Milman represented the plaintiff, settling with the physician in the amount of $999,900; the case against the hospital is ongoing.
“Predatory Dentists” Found Guilty for Excessive Tooth Extraction After 5-Week Trial
Dentists advocated the removal of teeth with amalgam fillings because they believed the fillings could cause mercury toxicity. They unnecessarily extracted teeth which caused an abundance of post-surgery complications and additional procedures, and resulted in even more expensive dental problems for three patients. The patients claimed the dentists used “predatory dentistry” to convince them that amalgam fillings had harmful side effects. The case was tried over the course of five weeks at the Orange County Superior Court. After two days of deliberation, the jury found the defendants liable and awarded the plaintiffs compensation for past and future medical and dental expenses. Additionally, plaintiffs succeeded in obtaining additional compensation after filing a motion for non-economic damages.
Woman Suffers Chronic Pain Caused by Improperly Handled CT Angiogram; Settled for $993,75
A 49-year old woman who had recently undergone knee surgery went to the emergency room on the advice of her physician in order to rule out a pulmonary embolism. Orders were issued by the ER physician to perform a CT angiogram of the chest with IC contrast. The ER nurse, unable to successfully insert an IV into the patient’s antecubital fossa, summoned a registry nurse, who started the IV in the patient’s right volar wrist. Before commencing the CT scan, the technologist rapidly infused contrast into the patient’s IV causing it to extravasate, causing a compartment syndrome and necessitating emergency surgery. As a result, the patient developed chronic neuropathic pain due to compartment syndrome. Dan Hodes represented the plaintiff, obtaining a $993,750 settlement for loss of earnings and medical expenses.
55-Year-Old Woman Suffers Paralysis in Connection with Surgery; Settled for $975,000
Woman Suffers Permanent Neuropathy Due to Misdiagnosis; Settlement of $950,000
Our firm represented a 69-year-old woman who is suffering from permanent neuropathy due to a negligent misdiagnosis. In Feb. 2014, the woman was referred to a doctor who misread a skeletal x-ray and erroneously diagnosed her as having multiple myeloma. The doctor recommended an aggressive treatment plan that included chemotherapy and a possible bone marrow biopsy and stem cell transplant. In Sept. 2014, the woman sought a second opinion from a multiple myeloma specialist, who correctly concluded that the woman never had multiple myeloma and diagnosed her as having a diffuse sensory neuropathy due to the treatment she had undergone. The case was settled for $950,000.
Failure to Identify Abnormal EKG Results Leads to Man’s Heart Attack and Eventual Death; Settled for $975,000
A middle-aged man visited the emergency room complaining of shortness of breath and chest tightness. He was a smoker and was on medications for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Following an EKG, which the emergency room physician assessed as “fairly normal,” the man was advised to see his primary care physician and was released. He did see his physician that same day but did not complain of chest pain and was thought to have reactive airway disease. Two days later, the man was brought back to the emergency room by ambulance, complaining of chest pain and was found to have had a cardiac event. He underwent angioplasty and stenting but had a difficult medical course and died of multi-organ failure approximately 15 months later at 48-years-old. If he had been hospitalized upon his first visit to the emergency room and undergone stenting at that time, the cardiac event two days later would not have occurred. Dan Hodes obtained a settlement of $975,000 on behalf of his family.
Six-Month Delay in Diagnosis of Ewing’s Sarcoma Leads to Liver Disease in 37-Year Old Husband and Father
A 37-year old husband and father made several trips to the emergency room complaining of pain in his kidneys. On each visit, a scan was done but the attending radiologists did not identify a present para-aortic mass. Due to increasing pain, the man went to another ER where the biopsy revealed the presence of Ewing’s sarcoma, a malignant round-cell tumor. He underwent aggressive chemotherapy and radiation but his condition persisted, developing into liver disease. His condition is worsening and will likely lead to death.
19-Month Delay in Breast Cancer Diagnosis Leads to Death of 28-Year Old Wife and Mother of Two Young Children; Settled for $875,000
A 28-year old wife and mother of two young children died after two separate pathologists pronounced her biopsied material as benign. After a third biopsy 19 months later, she was diagnosed with a dangerous form of breast cancer in an advanced stage. The original pathologist’s misdiagnoses allegedly lead to her death.
31-Year-Old Mother Suffers Fatal Complication from Cosmetic Surgery; Settled for $935,000
Hours after undergoing a cosmetic procedure that included an augmentation mammoplasty, liposuction and abdominoplasty, a 31-year-old mother of four began complaining of pain to her husband and shaking as if having a seizure. She was transported to the hospital by paramedics, where she was intubated and given an emergency blood transfusion, but she could not be resuscitated. The cause of death was determined to be an abdominal wall hemorrhage caused by poor surgical technique. Hodes Milman Ikuta resolved the case with a $935,000 settlement.
Negligent Treatment from VA Hospital Causes Months of Severe Pain for Veteran; Settled for $850,000
A veteran underwent back surgery at a Los Angeles VA Center and awoke to severe burning and pain in his legs. The radiologist failed to notice that the screw inserted into the veteran’s spine during surgery was malpositioned. After months of pain, a CT scan revealed that the screw had penetrated a nerve root. HM partner Jeffrey Milman successfully negotiated an $850,000 settlement for the veteran, plus retention of all federal and medical benefits.
Pathology Report Shows Cancer Not Acted On Timely, Causes Cancer Progression and Prognosis Worsens; Settled for $850,000
A 42-year-old women underwent a sinus biopsy showing an esthesioneuroblastoma, which if untreated, can be fatal. The pathology report went unnoticed by the treating physician and the women returned to her regular physician a few months later with the same symptoms. Further testing revealed the disease progressed, conferring on her a worse prognosis.
42-year-old Woman Loses One Eye in Delay of Diagnosis of Nasal Cancer; Resolved for $850,000
A 42-year-old woman underwent a sinus biopsy which pointed to a rare form of nasal cancer. The report was placed in the client’s chart, but went unseen by the doctor. It was only after returning to doctor with nasal bleeding, that the doctor discovered the report in her medical chart. After further imaging studies, it was found that the cancer eroded her orbit and she had to undergo surgery to remove portions of the orbit and her eye followed by chemotherapy and radiation. The plaintiff contended that had doctor followed the proper standards of care, the biopsy would have been reviewed, her eye would have been spared, and her prognosis would not have worsened.
Woman Develops Neurological Disease Due to Improper Medication; Settled for $850,000
Hodes Milman Ikuta represented a 52 year-old pharmaceutical sales representative who developed a neurological disease as a result of Zyprexa, an anti-psychotic medication. The plaintiff was prescribed Zyprexa in 2003 and remained on the drug for five years. She later developed Tardive Dyskinesia, a facial and speech disorder, causing a deterioration in the plaintiff’s quality of life. Our attorneys argued that because of the drug’s potential negative side effects, and the availability of suitable alternative drugs, their client should not have been prescribed Zyprexa in the first place. Our firm settled the case for $850,000 on behalf of the plaintiff.
Physicians Prescribe Methadone for Woman with History of Depression, Substance Abuse, Precipitating Overdose; Settled for $800,000
A 35-year old wife and mother with a history of chronic depression and anxiety, including prior suicide attempts, as well as abuse of alcohol and prescription medication, overdosed on methadone and died while under the care of two physicians. The physicians prescribed the drug for the patient despite her questionable history with such substances, including a non-lethal methadone overdose one year prior to her death. Daniel M. Hodes with represented the plaintiff and her family; the case was settled for $800,000.
Husband and Father of Two Commits Suicide After Psychiatrist Prescribes Inadequate Dosage of Antidepressants; Settled for $840,000
A 39-year-old husband and father of two young children committed suicide while receiving psychiatric care for depression as a result of an inadequate dosage of antidepressant medication, and the psychiatrist’s failing to reevaluate his condition in a timely manner. The decedent first sought treatment for his depression from his primary care physician and was prescribed antidepressants, which led to both physical and emotional side effects. After two weeks, he returned to his physician, where he was deemed “not actively suicidal” and referred to a psychiatric specialist for further care. From June to July, the psychiatrist prescribed two different kinds of antidepressant medications and instructed him to return for further evaluation in 30 days. The patient died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in August. HM represented the deceased’s wife and children, obtaining $840,000 for the victim’s family, arguing that the psychiatrist prescribed an inadequate dosage of antidepressant medication. If the psychiatrist followed accepted standards of care, the patient’s death by suicide would likely have been prevented.
Failure to Meet Accepted Standards of Care Paralyzes Women From the Knee Down; Settled for $790,000
A 60-year-old woman underwent a total left hip arthroplasty and awoke from surgery paralyzed from the knee down. Studies showed there had been severe damage to the sciatic nerve. She underwent additional surgery which confirmed there was a direct injury to the nerve resulting in her paralysis. It was below the accepted standards of care to traumatize the nerve and HM successfully obtained a $790,000 settlement on the day of trial.
Man receives wrong artificial disc in neck surgery due to surgeon’s negligence; Settled for $800,000
A 32-year-old male, who had been involved in a car accident, underwent surgery to replace a damaged disc in his neck. Due to surgeon’s negligence, he was given the wrong type of artificial disc at the wrong location. The mistake was due to a scheduling error resulting in the patient having to undergo another surgery to replace both artificial discs. The patient was unable to return to work, forcing him to obtain alternative employment at a lower wage. Dan Hodes represented the patient and obtained an $800,000 settlement.
63-Year-Old Woman Suffers Bowel Perforation After Vaginal Hysterectomy; Settled for $750,000
21-Month Delay in Diagnosis of Breast Cancer; Resolved for $750,000
A surgeon biopsied the breast of a 47-year old woman, but failed to identify and remove the cancerous tissue. The 21-month delay in diagnosis meant a modified mastectomy, followed by complications necessitating more surgery. She can no longer work.
Woman Diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer as a Result of Misread Ultrasound; Settled for $750,000
A 48-year-old married mother of two children was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer one year after a radiologist who reviewed her breast ultrasound reported the study as normal and unchanged from earlier breast imaging. When a lump was discovered one year after the ultrasound, it was biopsied and found to be malignant. Review of the earlier ultrasound revealed a suspicious lesion, which warranted biopsy. Had that been done, it was argued that her cancer would have been diagnosed at an earlier stage, with a better chance of cure. Daniel M. Hodes represented the plaintiff; the matter resolved for the sum of $750,000.
Five-Year Delay in Prostate Cancer Diagnosis; Settled for $750,000
A physician twice failed to inform a 54-year old father that his PSA levels were abnormally high, resulting in a five-year delayed diagnosis of prostate cancer. By that time, his disease had progressed to the point of incurability.
Man Diagnosed with Cancer After Doctor Failed to Warn of Risk; Settled for $750,000
Hodes Milman Ikuta represented a patient who was diagnosed with cancer after a gastrointestinal (GI) physician failed to properly warn him that he was at risk, indicated by a test three years prior. During a visit to the GI physician, the patient underwent a colonoscopy that identified a small mass, which was correctly interpreted by the GI physician as a risk for colon cancer. The GI physician indicated that he had informed the patient and his family about the risk of cancer, but the patient never received, and the family denied receiving such notice. Three years later, a different physician performed another colonoscopy on the patient, which revealed that the patient had cancer. HM attorneys contended that, had the GI physician properly informed the patient of his cancer risk, the patient would have sought a surgical consult and his cancer would not have spread. Claims were also brought against the Primary Care Provider, as a dispute existed regarding its ability to refer the patient to a specialist within the HMO system. HM settled the case for $750,000 on behalf of the patient.
Lumbar Decompression Surgery Complications Cause 58-Year-Old Man to Suffer from Neurogenic Bowel and Bladder; $720,000 Awarded At Arbitration
A neurosurgeon and neurosurgical resident performed a decompressive lumbar laminectomy on a 58-year-old man. A durotomy occurred during the surgery ,causing injury to his sacral nerve roots S-2, S-3 and S-4. As a result, the man suffers from a neurogenic bowel and bladder. No settlement offer was made. At the arbitration, five neurosurgeons, who performed a combined total of 5,700 decompressive lumbar laminectomies, testified that the surgeries they performed had never resulted in a cauda equina syndrome. The arbitrator returned an award of $720,000. Daniel Hodes represented the Claimants.
Man Dies of Cardiac Arrest After Failed Diagnosis of Blood Clots in Pulmonary Arteries
An obese man with hypertension died after multiple visits to a VA Medical Center for treatment of flu-like symptoms as well as cough and congestion. With each visit, the doctors failed to diagnosis an inflammation of his deep veins caused by blood clots. Days after his last doctors’ visit, he was taken to the hospital and was noted to be in full cardiac arrest. The doctors had failed to prescribe anticoagulant medicine which would have averted his death.
52-Year-Old Father Dies Due to Cardiac Arrest After Receiving Negligent Care; Settled for $700,000
The decedent was a 52-year-old married real estate agent/broker and father of two college-aged children. His cardiac history was significant for the fact that he had undergone two PCI stenting procedures, resulting in the placement of five stents.
The decedent e-mailed Roe primary care physician explaining that
he had experienced two syncopal episodes two days earlier, accompanied by
heartburn-type pain. In response, Roe physician arranged for a non-urgent Cardiology consultation. He later died as a result of cardiac arrest.
Plaintiffs contended that, given the decedent’s cardiac history, accepted standards of care required an urgent cardiac consultation or immediate hospitalization. Had that occurred, it is probable that further cardiac intervention would have prevented his death. The case settled for $700,000.
Woman Develops Breast Cancer After Physician Fails to Order Biopsy; Settled for $696,000
Jeff Milman with HM represented a woman who developed breast cancer after her physician failed to order a biopsy, instead misdiagnosing the problem area as a cyst. The physician conducted an office-based ultrasound, which was not reviewed by a radiologist or done via Doppler, and determined that the lesion was consistent with fibrocystic disease and therefore, did not require biopsy, despite its irregular shape and mixed echogenicity. Ten months later, after the lesion was initially discovered, the mass was revealed to be cancerous. As a result of the delay in diagnosis, the plaintiff was forced to undergo aggressive chemotherapy, which also led to the damage of her nerves. The case was resolved in mediation for $696,000, plus the payment of mediator’s fees by the defendant.
Delay in Breast Cancer Diagnosis Diminishes Woman’s Chances of Survival; Settled for $699,000
A 58-year-old woman who underwent a procedure to determine if a growth in her breast was cancerous was not informed that the biopsy indicated cancer until more than 100 days had passed, diminishing her chances of survival and recovery. After discovering the lump during a self-examination, the plaintiff made an appointment with her OB/GYN, who detected the lesion and ordered a biopsy. One week later, she was informed that the results of the biopsy indicated the lesion was benign and that she should return in a year. Over the next three months, the lesion continued to grow; finally, the plaintiff made an appointment with a breast surgeon and requested her medical records from the defendant physician. At which point she was informed by the defendant that the original biopsy had actually indicated a cancerous growth. Treatment began immediately, including chemotherapy and a partial mastectomy; however, tests indicate the presence of residual cancer in her breast and lymph nodes, diminishing her chances of survival and recovery. Had she been informed of the correct diagnosis in a timely manner according to the standard of care, it is likely that her cancer would not have progressed and treatment would have been successful. Daniel M. Hodes represented the plaintiff, resulting in a $699,000 settlement.
59-Year-Old Woman Dies of Breast Cancer Due to Misread Mammogram; Settlement of $680,000
A mother of two suffered an untimely death due to a misread mammogram that delayed her diagnosis of breast cancer by more than a year. She underwent a routine screening mammogram in March 2011, which was incorrectly read by the doctor and not investigated further through additional mammogram views and an ultrasound. When the woman visited a noted breast oncologist in July 2012, he concluded that if she had sought treatment from him in 2011 she would have been diagnosed as having a high grade triple negative tumor with an 80 to 90 percent cure rate. HM settled the case for $680,000.
Man Dies After Doctors Allow Elective Surgery to Go Forward; Settled for $650,000
A 63-year-old man died following surgery to remove a benign ear mass at a surgi-center. The man had multiple health issues that included coronary artery disease, hypertension, diabetes and obstructive sleep apnea. Prior to surgery, the man had a high blood sugar reading, and the anesthesiologist assessed him as having severe systemic disease. In spite of these issues, both the ENT surgeon and anesthesiologist allowed the operation to go forward. Although the man had obstructive sleep apnea, steps were not taken to guard against an upper airway obstruction post extubation. Upon arrival in recovery, the man was apneic and unresponsive. The anesthesiologist twice attempted to re-intubate, but doctors failed to perform a tracheostomy. Paramedics took the man to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. Dan Hodes represented the plaintiff’s family; the case resolved for $650,000 following mediation.
Young Mother of Two Dies from Uterus Cancer; Settled for $650,000
A 24-year old mother of two, visited her obstetrician multiple times complaining of spotting. After ultrasounds and blood tests were performed, she was pronounced healthy and was not instructed to return for a follow up. Seven months later, she was admitted to the emergency room and was diagnosed with lung and metastastis and immediately began chemotherapeutic treatment. Unfortunately, because of the delay in diagnosis, she died. HM obtained a settlement of $650,000 for the two surviving children.
Mother of Three Dies Due to Misdiagnosis by Several Doctors; Settled for $650,000
A 43-year-old mother of three went to a clinic with nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain and a periumbilical lump. Within two days, two doctors diagnosed the mother with gastroenteritis, and discharged her with medication. She was seen later in the day by an emergency physician and was diagnosed with appendicitis. While completing follow-up tests, the mother went into cardiac arrest and died. Plaintiff contends that if doctors diagnosed this as a surgical emergency earlier, she could have been saved.
58-Year-Old Man Dies After Stent Complications; Settled for $625,000
Woman Suffers Metastatic Brain Lesions After a Melanoma Misdiagnosis; Settled for $600,000
66-year-old Gentleman Suffers Traumatic Brain Injury After Falling on His Head While Under Anesthesia; Settled for $600,000
Veteran’s Injury Worsens after VA Physicians Fail to Diagnose Condition; Settled for $599,000
HM represented a veteran who sustained further injury after the treating VA physicians failed to properly diagnose burn-like symptoms on his ankle as a soft tissue infection. After being examined by the VA physicians, a VA employee placed a call to another hospital, where the head of the burn unit properly explained that the veteran was suffering from a rare soft tissue infection, which required surgery. The VA employee did not relay the message to the VA physicians, causing the condition to worsen, thereby requiring additional surgeries. Our attorneys argued that upon the phone call with the head of the burn unit, the VA physicians should have been notified of the veteran’s condition, and that the veteran’s displayed symptoms should have enabled a proper diagnosis, regardless. Jeff Milman settled the case for $599,000 in favor of the veteran.
Man Suffers Brain Damage from Fall in Emergency Room; Settled for $550,000
A 66-year old man was admitted to the emergency room with symptoms thought to be consistent with alcohol withdrawal. While in the hospital, the patient was told numerous times not to get of bed, but insisted on doing so anyway. When his attending nurse tried to help him stand from the bed, he struck his head on the floor and was diagnosed with subdural hematoma and had to undergo emergent neurosurgical evacuation. He remained in the ICU for four weeks, and after returning home, he underwent two months of inpatient neurocognitive treatment. He now suffers from mild brain damage. Had the nurse employed the required strict fall precautions for the patient, his fall could have been prevented. HM obtained a settlement of $550,000 for the plaintiff
Woman Dies of Pulmonary Embolism After Surgeons Fail to Take Preventative Measures Following Abdominal Surgery; Settled for $525,000
A 47-year-old wife and mother of four died of a pulmonary embolism after two surgeons failed to take preventative steps to avoid a deep vein blood clot following abdominal surgery despite the fact that she was at high risk for development of a clot. The patient, who had undergone a partial colectomy, was not prescribed medication to prevent the deep vein blood clot from either of her two surgeons, and died due to a saddle embolus as a result. Daniel M. Hodes represented the plaintiff and her family; the case was settled for $525,000.
Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer Results in Wrongful Death; Settled for $525,000
A mother of three underwent a mammogram screening for a lump in her breast, It was a screening mammogram and not a diagnostic mammogram. In subsequent visits, she received an ultrasound that was read as normal, when in fact it was not, and was told to return in six months. After visits to multiple doctors, the woman was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a partial mastectomy, chemotherapy and rehabilitation. After a year, she died due to three cancerous lesions which had metastasized from the primary breast site into her brain, lungs and leg. Had the original doctors performed the right procedures, the cancer would have been discovered earlier, and her life would have been spared.
Father Dies of Pulmonary Embolism Following Achilles Tendon Reconstruction; Settled for $500,000
Father Dies Due to Anesthetic Negligence; Settled for $500,000
A 60-year old man and father, who underwent surgery to remove a blockage of bile in his liver, died after anesthetic complications due to negligence. The father’s 15-year old son was represented by Daniel M. Hodes obtained a $500,000 settlement.
Mother Dies of Treatable Breast Cancer Due to Hospital Negligence; Settled for $525,000
A 46 year-old mother died of breast cancer after her primary care physician and radiologist failed to read an ultrasound correctly, which was ordered because of abnormalities in her left breast. After seeking a second opinion from another doctor, she was told that the abnormality was cancerous and underwent immediate treatment. Ultimately, the cancer spread to three other areas of her body, and the patient was unable to overcome the disease. HM partner, Jeffrey Milman, represented the decedent’s children in the case, winning a settlement of $525,000 on behalf of the family.
Medical Diagnosis of 58-Year Old Banker Leads to Wrongful Death; Settled for $500,000
A 58-year old man explained to his primary care physician that he had been experiencing muscle pains for four days in his upper body, which radiated to his left and right arms as well as his back. His wife testified that while he was climbing the stairs in their home her husband stated that he felt like he was “having a heart attack.” The defendant believed that the patient was suffering from statin-induced myalgia, and instructed him to discontinue his statins. Six days following the diagnosis, he was found unresponsive by his wife and resuscitative efforts were not successful. Plaintiffs argued that with the decedent’s initial complaints, accepted standards of required care would have been a specific marker for myocardial damage to the heart muscle and prompted an immediate referral to the emergency room, where revascularization would have ultimately saved the descendant’s life. Representing the plaintiffs was attorney Daniel M. Hodes who obtained a settlement of $500,000.
Urologist Mistakenly Removes Wrong Ureter from Cancer Patient; Settled for $500,000
A 62-year old woman diagnosed with transitional cell carcinoma underwent a laparoscopic removal of her right kidney and ureter. However, the urologist mistakenly removed her left ureter instead of her right. Post-surgery, the patient began experiencing severe abdominal bloating causing her to be readmitted when the error was discovered. As a result, she underwent another surgery to fix the error and currently suffers from a variety of complications. Dan Hodes represented the plaintiff, obtaining a $500,000 settlement on her behalf.
Surgical Errors During Liposuction Procedure Injure Woman; Settled for $500,000
A 27-year old woman underwent plastic surgical scar revision and liposuction, and was left with contour deformity. Two years later, a plastic surgeon recommended she undergo suction-assisted liposuction and fat grafting, however, two days following that procedure she was admitted to the hospital complaining of severe abdominal pain. A CT scan showed that her bowel was perforated in three places. After a lengthy hospitalization and several subsequent surgical procedures, she has significant abdominal wall defect. HM obtained a $500,000 settlement on behalf of the woman.
Elderly Woman Suffers Spinal Fracture Due to Hospital Negligence; Settled for $485,000
Delay in Diagnosis of Lesion Causes Man to Undergo Aggressive Chemotherapy; Settled for $450,000
48-Year-Old Woman Blinded In One Eye from Cosmetic Filler Injection; Settled for $425,000
War Veteran’s Delayed Diagnosis of Heart Inflammation Necessitates Future Open Heart Surgery; Settled for $421,000
Man’s Left Foot Amputated Due to Negligence of Physician’s Assistant – Settled for $405,000
Disabled Patient’s Condition Worsens Due to Hospital Injury Caused by Medical Negligence; Settled for $400,000
27-Year-Old Woman Suffers Diseased Right Fallopian Tube after a Surgery; Settled for $400,000
Man Sustains Radial Nerve Damage and Earnings Loss Due To Botched Surgery; Settled for $400,000
War Veteran Suffers Additional Spinal Injuries After Surgery to Fix Prior Spinal Issues; Settled for $400,000
Physician’s Neck Pain Escalates After Neurosurgeon Performs Wrong Operation; Settled for $400,000
70-Year-Old Woman Sustains Permanent Nerve Damage As A Result of Misdiagnosed Myeloma and Unnecessary Chemotherapy; Settled for $375,000
Medical Negligence in ER Delays Woman’s Cancer Diagnosis, Minimizing Her Chances of Survival; Settled for $370,000
US Courts to Eliminate Cruise Companies Immunity From Medical Negligence Lawsuits, Settled for $350,000
82-Year Old Man Dies After Falling Off Roof and Receiving Insufficient Medical Care; Settled for $350,000
Undiagnosed Breast Cancer Causes Woman’s Death; Settled for $350,000
College Professor Crippled with Pain after Laparoscopic Pad Left in Body During Surgery; Settled for $350,000
14-Year-Old Girl Suffers Necrosis After an Infusion of Chemotherapy; Settled for $350,000
Delayed Breast Cancer Diagnosis Leads to Mastectomies, Multiple Reconstructive Surgeries and Chemotherapy; Settled for $325,000
Delay in Diagnosis Causes Advanced Cancer and Cosmetic Deformity; Settled for $325,000
Woman Dies After Doctor Misreads Chest X-Ray Showing Signs of Cancer; Settled for $275,000
43-Year Old Woman Suffers Permanent Hearing Loss After Middle Ear Medication Injection; Settled for $262,500
Man Dies from Colon Cancer Because Doctors Did Not Follow Up on Removing Polyp; Settled for $250,000
A 77-year-old man died from colon cancer because doctors failed to remove a large precancerous polyp. The polyp was a type known to have a higher risk of becoming malignant, but neither the man nor his family were told about the risk. When the man, then 72-years-old, underwent the colonoscopy where the polyp was found, the gastroenterologist tattooed the length of polyp that was not removed during the colonoscopy, presumably for the surgeon who would remove the remainder. The follow-up surgery never took place. Approximately five years later, the man began experiencing gastrointestinal problems and underwent another colonoscopy. It was discovered he had colon cancer that had spread to his liver and lungs. He died the following year. The man’s family contended that they should have been told about the malignant potential of the polyp and that the man would not have died if it had been removed.
Delay in Breast Cancer Diagnosis Leads to Unnecessary Chemotherapy in 69-Year Old Woman; Settled for $250,000
A 69-year old women’s routine mammogram was misread as healthy when she really had breast cancer. Once properly diagnosed, she underwent surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. Had the mammogram been initially read correctly, she would have not needed chemotherapy, which only marginally decreased the likelihood of recurrence. The defendant’s original offer was $40,000.
Perforation of Colon Occurs During Attempted Biopsy of Ovary- Resolved for $250,000
A 54-year-old woman with a history of vaginal bleeding underwent an ultrasound which showed a complex cyst in her right ovary, and was thought to be a good candidate for an ovarian biopsy. The plaintiff underwent a hysteroscopy followed by an attempted laparoscopic biopsy of the ovarian mass, but upon entering, severe adhesions were noted. Her physician biopsied what was thought to be the ovarian mass but which was in fact a colonic diverticula. She was discharged that evening, but returned the following day with complaints of severe abdominal pain. A bowel perforation was diagnosed. She underwent a partial bowel resection. She slowly recovered, but developed a ventral hernia, which required further surgery, and also suffered from depression.
48-Year-Old Man with Disabilities Suffers Permanent Injuries; Settled for $235,000
Hodes, Milman represented a 48-year-old man with disabilities who suffered permanent injuries at the hands of a doctor. The case was settled for a total of $235,000, which included medical fees and a settlement for the man’s wife.
72-Year-Old Man Dies of Kidney Failure Due To Medical Negligence; Settled for $225,000
A 72-year-old man underwent a procedure to correct a weak artery, but the object put in place to strengthen the artery was set at the wrong location, causing blood to stop flowing into his kidneys. Even though an anesthesiologist pointed out the error a couple hours after the procedure, the hospital refused to correct it, and the man was placed on dialysis. He later died of kidney failure. Jeffrey A. Milman and Lee Weiss of Hodes Milman Ikuta represented the plaintiff, resulting in a $225,000 settlement.
Woman Receives Wrong Surgery on Wrist After Complaining of Thumb Pain and Remains in Considerable Pain- Partially Resolved for $225,000
A 58-year-old women developed pain at the base of her right thumb and saw a primary care physician who referred her to physical therapy. After no improvement, she was referred to an orthopedist who diagnosed her as having DeQuervain’s tendonitis in her right thumb. Cortisone shots and further physical therapy provided no pain relief, so surgery was recommended. During a preoperative office visit, the doctor realized the surgery had been mis-scheduled as a carpal tunnel release in her wrist instead of DeQuervain’s surgery. He corrected the surgical scheduling, but at the time of the actual surgery, the change still wasn’t made on the hospital operating room schedule. The doctor “forgot” that he was to perform the surgery for DeQuervain’s tendonitis instead of a carpal tunnel release, and proceeded to operate on the woman’s wrist rather than her thumb. The woman has been undergoing intensive physical therapy, and remains in considerable pain.
Four-Month Delay in Treatment of Gynecologic Cancer; Settled for $200,000
A 32-year old woman had surgery to remove a tumor. Pathology reports indicated the tumor was in fact, cancerous. She was mistakenly assured she was cancer-free. Several months later the woman returned complaining of increased adnominal bloating. She was referred to an oncologist and underwent surgery where a large cancerous tumor was removed. She began chemotherapy treatments and underwent multiple surgeries to remove remaining tumors. Hodes Milman Ikuta obtained a $200,000 dollar settlement on behalf of their client.
Doctor Fails to Screen Veteran for Aneurysm Resulting in Emergency Surgery; Settled of $200,000
A war veteran with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms was advised to have semi-annual scans to monitor any changes. Despite several visits to the VA hospital, his doctor never recorded the family history, nor scanned for small aneurisms. Months later the veteran’s aneurysm ruptured, and he was rushed into surgery. A prior diagnosis could have meant elective as opposed to emergency surgery.
Mistreatment of Undiagnosed Lymphoma Leads to Foot Drop; Settled for $180,000
A 55-year old woman was suffering from lower back pain when her neurosurgeon detected a lesion on imaging in her lumbar region that appeared to him to be benign. A gross total resection of the lesion was attempted, leading to a condition known as “foot drop” in which nerve damage or partial paralysis limits movement of the foot. A frozen section biopsy of the lesion, which was later determined to be a B-cell lymphoma that would have been better treated with radiation and chemotherapy, was not performed prior to the surgery. Dan Hodes with Hodes Milman Ikuta, LLP represented the plaintiff in mediation, resulting in an $180,000 settlement.
Dancer Develops Progressive Arthritis Due to Failure to Diagnose Fracture; Settled for $185,000
Hodes Milman Ikuta represented a dancer in his 20’s who developed painful and progressive arthritis after both a radiologist and orthopedic surgeon failed to diagnose and treat a fracture from an injury. The fracture progressed without treatment resulting in incurable arthritis, which ended the man’s career as a dancer. If the sleeve fracture had been recognized and properly treated, the man would not be facing a lifetime of arthritis and the need for a future knee revision. The attorneys at Hodes Milman Ikuta settled the case for $185,000 on behalf of the client.
Patient Dies Because Doctor Inserted Chest Tube Incorrectly; Settled for $180,000
Hodes Milman Ikuta partner Jeffrey Milman successfully negotiated a $180,000 settlement for the family of a recovering cancer patient who died after a physician reinserted a chest tube incorrectly. The patient, diagnosed with Stage 2 lung cancer, had undergone a successful lobectomy and was doing well post-surgery. In preparation for her discharge, the woman moved abruptly, causing a chest tube to dislodge. The attending physician reinserted the chest tube incorrectly causing the patient’s immediate demise.
32-Year Old Developmentally Disabled Man Dies Due to Insulin Mismanagement
A 32-year old developmentally disabled man with diabetes underwent several surgeries for a vertebral fracture. The day following his second procedure, the man’s insulin pump malfunctioned and his parents were allegedly forced to manage his insulin through injections. Over the next several hours, his blood sugar fell sharply causing a profound anoxic brain injury, which left him in a persistent vegetative state; he died thereafter. The facility contended that the parents insisted in managing their son’s insulin, however, the parents disputed this claiming that the facility acted below accepted standards of care by forcing them to manage their son’s insulin.
Nursing Assistant Fractures Elderly Man’s Femur While Transferring Him to a Bed; Settled for $150,000
An 89-year old man who recently underwent a total hip repair was transferred to a skilled nursing facility post-surgery. While at this facility, a certified nursing assistant was attempting to transfer him to a bed when the plaintiff heard and felt a loud pop in his left femur. Shortly after, it was discovered that the plaintiff had sustained a fracture to his femur and was forced to undergo another surgery, resulting in a lengthy recovery period. Dan Hodes with Hodes Milman Ikuta, LLP represented the plaintiff, settling the case for $150,000.
59-Year Old Man Dies After Misdiagnosis of Diabetes
2002, his tests indicated blood glucose of 164 and A1C of 6.5, and by early 2007 his levels drastically increased to blood glucose of 928 and A1C of 14.7. The doctor ordered the man to have labs done in 2003, and then on March 7, 2007, ordered him to go to the hospital, but he disregarded both. He was found dead March 8, 2007 by his 19-year old daughter. Since an A1C reading of 6.0 or higher is considered by most to be diagnostic for diabetes, the doctor under reasonable standards of care should have prescribed diabetes medication in early 2002. Additionally, if a “finger stick” blood glucose test was performed in March 2007, the man would have been taken to the hospital on site. Had either event occurred, it is highly likely the man would have survived.
Man Develops Viral Infection Resulting in Numerous Surgeries Following Insufficient Dental Care
After numerous dental procedures performed in the same time frame as various knee surgeries, a man suffered a viral infection that spread to his knee causing a need for more severe procedures on his knee. The dentist allegedly failed to give him the standard pre-procedure prophylactic antibiotics needed before a root canal.
Woman Sustains Hearing Damage During MRI; Settled for $132,500
Hodes Milman Ikuta represented a 49-year old woman who suffered permanent hearing damage as a result of an MRI for which she was not advised to use ear protection as mandated by the MRI Center’s policies. A technologist at the center approached the plaintiff, who was undergoing a breast MRI, while she was face down and attempted to place an earplug in her ear. When the plaintiff asked whether the hearing protection was necessary, the technologist indicated that it was not and proceeded with the MRI. The plaintiff heard loud banging noises and experienced pain during the procedure, which led to permanent tinnitus and hyperacusis. The case was resolved in mediation, with the defendant ordered to pay $132,500 plus mediator’s fees.
Woman Sustains Further Injury from Car Crash after Negligent Doctor Performs Faulty Surgery; Settled for $130,000
A woman sustained a serious injury from a car crash, which was due in part to a medically negligent doctor installing faulty hardware during a procedure to correct cervical issues. The woman had a history of cervical pain, and underwent three procedures in a span of ten years to correct faulty hardware. Prior to the crash, it was confirmed that the woman had requested another procedure to correct a snapped screw, which was made worse by the crash. Jeffrey A. Milman and Jason Caruso of Hodes Milman Ikuta represented the plaintiff, resulting in a $130,000 settlement.
Autistic Man Physically Assaulted; Settled for $100,000.
A 25-year-old highly functioning autistic man was staying at a group facility. In July 2008, the young man suddenly became agitated. Rather than having proper staffing and necessary precautions in place, four staff members placed him in restraints and assaulted him several times. Two days later, an x-ray revealed an acute arm fracture requiring an open reduction with bone-grafting surgery. A few months later, the young man developed an infection and had to undergo a second surgery.
Man Suffers Injuries Resulting from Unmonitored IV Line During Hospital Stay; Settled for $50,000
Auto Accidents Settlements
$871,919 Settlement | Couple Seriously Injured and Woman Dies as a Result of Car Accident
$655,000 Settlement | 59-Year-Old Woman Sustains Serious Injuries Due To Car Accident
$550,000 Settlement | 58-Year-Old Man Suffers Injuries in Car Accident
A 58-year old man suffered a spinal injury after being rear-ended in a car accident. He had previously been diagnosed with failed back syndrome, and had been undergoing pain treatment for years. At the time of the crash, he was periodically being treated with injections and opioids. As a result of the crash, the pain became worse, and he required an increase in opioids and epidural steroid injections to treat it. He also suffered significant financial loss, because he was unable to work. The defendant claimed that the man had already been compensated by the insurance company, and that the pain he suffered from before the accident had not changed. The man was represented by Jeffrey A. Milman, Esq. of Hodes Milman Ikuta, LLP, reaching a settlement of $550,000.
$375,000 Settlement | 34-Year-Old Motorcyclist Sues for Eye Laceration and Several Body Fractures
$250,000 Settlement | 38-Year-Old Motorcyclist Sustains Serious Injuries in Automobile Accident
$383,000 Settlement | Woman's Facial Surgery and Knee Replacement After Auto Accident
A women suffered facial lacerations and trauma to her knee after being struck in her vehicle at a stop sign. She underwent plastic surgery and arthroscopic surgery on her knee. She will require further facial surgery and a total knee replacement.
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$220,000 Settlement | Man Riddled with Pain Due to Defective Hip Replacement
Hodes Milman Ikuta represented a 54-year-old male who is riddled with pain and forced into early retirement after undergoing a right hip arthroplasty in 2007, where doctors inserted a defective hip replacement product. Hip replacement components were recalled in July 2008 after it was learned that the surgical parts did not work properly, forcing many patients to undergo painful and costly additional surgeries to correct the defect. Hodes Milman Ikuta obtained a $220,000 settlement on behalf of the patient.
$92,500 Settlement | Defective Wine Carrier Causes Accident that Severs Woman’s Achilles Tendon;
A 77-year-old woman purchased six bottles of wine packaged in a paper wine carrier that broke upon removal from her car, causing the bottles to shatter on her driveway. The glass caused severe lacerations on the woman’s ankle, requiring 32 stitches. It was later discovered that her Achilles tendon had been severed. The woman underwent an Achilles reconstruction but continues to suffer from pain that prevents her from participating in activities she once enjoyed. The defendant, the grocery store that sold the wine, continues to make negotiations difficult, and Hodes Milman Ikuta settled the case for $92,500.
Confidential Settlement | Motorcycle Cruise Control Failure Causes Uncontrolled Acceleration, Throwing Man from Vehicle
A man riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle was thrown off at high speed when a malfunction in the cruise control system caused the motorcycle to accelerate uncontrollably to a speed where the motorcycle became unstable and threw the rider to the pavement. The man suffered multiple injuries including a fracture of his left wrist and severe abrasions over much of his body. He was hospitalized for approximately six days. The uncontrolled acceleration and instability were attributed to defective product design.
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