Personal Injury Litigation Victories
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. If you have a question or if you would like a consultation, we encourage you to call us. Thousands of individuals have found themselves in a difficult situation possibly similar to yours and understanding your legal rights and time limits is an important first step. When ready and comfortable, call us seven days a week at (949) 640-8222.
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.
View Two Client Video Testimonials
Recently Dan Hodes was nominated as the “Top Gun” for the Orange County Trial Lawyers Association, and two of our clients were gracious enough to tell their stories on video. This four-minute video includes brief stories as told by Mrs. Kirsnis and Mr. Clary.
$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
$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
$427,500 Settlement | 46-Year-Old Man Receives Severe Burns Due To Gas Explosion Caused By Faulty MAPP Gas Cylinder
$220,000 Settlement | Man Riddled with Pain Due to Defective Hip Replacement
Confidential Settlement | Motorcycle Cruise Control Failure Causes Uncontrolled Acceleration, Throwing Man from Vehicle
Woman Dies by Lethal Drug Combination Under Psychiatrists Care After He Solicits Research Funds From Her; Settled for $640,000.
A 59-year-old woman suffering from an undiagnosed mental illness died from powerful doses of psychotropic drugs prescribed by a UCLA psychiatrist. Former model and philanthropist Phyllis Harvey was hospitalized several times for heart abnormalities associated with the drugs her psychiatrist prescribed. The lawsuit claims Mrs. Harvey’s psychiatrist knew of the couple’s wealth and charitable past, and actively solicited Mrs. Harvey for $490,000 that would supposedly fund a cure for her illness.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Liebeck represented the triplet’s parents in mediation, resulting in a $2,500,000 settlement.
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 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.
Multiple Sclerosis Misdiagnosis Causes Liver Failure and Neurologic Injury; Settled for $2,100,000
Baby Born with Down Syndrome After Negligent Interpretation of Prenatal Genetic Testing; Settled for $1,750,000
Woman Suffers Incurable Breast Cancer Due to Delayed Diagnosis; Settled for $1,550,000
Woman Suffers Incurable Breast Cancer Due to Delayed Diagnosis: Settled for $1,550,000
Emergency Room Incorrectly Assesses Mentally Impaired Woman’s Pregnancy and Induces Birth Causing Trauma to Baby; Settled for $1,500,000
Misdiagnosis Causes Neurologic Injury; Settled for $1,300,000
Man Dies Because His Severe Heart Disease Was Not Diagnosed; Arbitration award of $1,100,000
Woman Develops Intractable Pain After Surgical Mishap; Settled for $1,000,000
Veteran Amputee Insufficiently Treated for Increasing Back Pain; Settlement of $1,000,000
Husband and Father Dies of Heart Condition That Doctor Failed to Diagnose; Settled For $1,000,000
Baby Born with Severe Birth Defects Due to Negligent Medical Care
Patient Requires Liver Transplant as a Result of Incorrectly Performed Surgery; Settled for $999,900
Woman Suffers Chronic Pain Caused by Improperly Handled CT Angiogram; Settled for $993,75
Woman Develops Complex Regional Pain Sydrome following Unnecessary Foot Surgery; Settled for $990,000
Failure to Identify Abnormal EKG Results Leads to Man’s Heart Attack and Eventual Death; Settled for $975,000
“Predatory Dentists” Found Guilty for Excessive Tooth Extraction After 5-Week Trial
Woman Suffers Permanent Neuropathy Due to Misdiagnosis; Settlement of $950,000
31-Year-Old Mother Suffers Fatal Complication from Cosmetic Surgery; Settled for $935,000
Six-Month Delay in Diagnosis of Ewing’s Sarcoma Leads to Liver Disease in 37-Year Old Husband and Father
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
Pathology Report Shows Cancer Not Acted On Timely, Causes Cancer Progression and Prognosis Worsens; Settled for $850,000
Negligent Treatment from VA Hospital Causes Months of Severe Pain for Veteran; Settled for $850,000
Woman Develops Neurological Disease Due to Improper Medication; Settled for $850,000
42-year-old Woman Loses One Eye in Delay of Diagnosis of Nasal Cancer; Resolved for $850,000
Husband and Father of Two Commits Suicide After Psychiatrist Prescribes Inadequate Dosage of Antidepressants; Settled for $840,000
Physicians Prescribe Methadone for Woman with History of Depression, Substance Abuse, Precipitating Overdose; Settled for $800,000
Man receives wrong artificial disc in neck surgery due to surgeon’s negligence; Settled for $800,000
Failure to Meet Accepted Standards of Care Paralyzes Women From the Knee Down; Settled for $790,000
Five-Year Delay in Prostate Cancer Diagnosis; Settled for $750,000
21-Month Delay in Diagnosis of Breast Cancer; Resolved for $750,000
Woman Diagnosed with Stage IV Breast Cancer as a Result of Misread Ultrasound; Settled for $750,000
Man Diagnosed with Cancer After Doctor Failed to Warn of Risk; Settled for $750,000
Lumbar Decompression Surgery Complications Cause 58-Year-Old Man to Suffer from Neurogenic Bowel and Bladder; $720,000 Awarded At Arbitration
Man Dies of Cardiac Arrest After Failed Diagnosis of Blood Clots in Pulmonary Arteries
Delay in Breast Cancer Diagnosis Diminishes Woman’s Chances of Survival; Settled for $699,000
Woman Develops Breast Cancer After Physician Fails to Order Biopsy; Settled for $696,000
59-Year-Old Woman Dies of Breast Cancer Due to Misread Mammogram; Settlement of $680,000
Young Mother of Two Dies from Uterus Cancer; Settled for $650,000
Man Dies After Doctors Allow Elective Surgery to Go Forward; Settled for $650,000
Mother of Three Dies Due to Misdiagnosis by Several Doctors; Settled for $650,000
Veteran’s Injury Worsens after VA Physicians Fail to Diagnose Condition; Settled for $599,000
Man Suffers Brain Damage from Fall in Emergency Room; Settled for $550,000
Woman Dies of Pulmonary Embolism After Surgeons Fail to Take Preventative Measures Following Abdominal Surgery; Settled for $525,000
Failure to Diagnose Breast Cancer Results in Wrongful Death; Settled for $525,000
Mother Dies of Treatable Breast Cancer Due to Hospital Negligence; Settled for $525,000
Urologist Mistakenly Removes Wrong Ureter from Cancer Patient; Settled for $500,000
Father Dies Due to Anesthetic Negligence; Settled for $500,000
Surgical Errors During Liposuction Procedure Injure Woman; Settled for $500,000
Medical Diagnosis of 58-Year Old Banker Leads to Wrongful Death; Settled for $500,000
Woman Suffers Partial Paralysis of Hand, Chronic Nerve Pain from Botched Surgery to Remove Benign Mass; Settled for $500,000
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
War Veteran Suffers Additional Spinal Injuries After Surgery to Fix Prior Spinal Issues; Settled for $400,000
Man Sustains Radial Nerve Damage and Earnings Loss Due To Botched Surgery; Settled for $400,000
Physician’s Neck Pain Escalates After Neurosurgeon Performs Wrong Operation; Settled for $400,000
Woman Needs Facial Surgery and Knee Replacement After Auto Accident; Settled for $383,000
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
Undiagnosed Breast Cancer Causes Woman’s Death; Settled for $350,000
82-Year Old Man Dies After Falling Off Roof and Receiving Insufficient Medical Care; Settled for $350,000
College Professor Crippled with Pain after Laparoscopic Pad Left in Body During Surgery; 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
Newlywed Man in Permanent Vegetative State after Appendix Removal; Settled for $2,000,000
Delay in Breast Cancer Diagnosis Leads to Unnecessary Chemotherapy in 69-Year Old Woman; Settled for $250,000
Perforation of Colon Occurs During Attempted Biopsy of Ovary- Resolved for $250,000
Woman Receives Wrong Surgery on Wrist After Complaining of Thumb Pain and Remains in Considerable Pain- Partially Resolved for $225,000
Man Dies from Colon Cancer Because Doctors Did Not Follow Up on Removing Polyp; Settled for $250,000
48-Year-Old Man with Disabilities Suffers Permanent Injuries; Settled for $235,000
72-Year-Old Man Dies of Kidney Failure Due To Medical Negligence; Settled for $225,000
Doctor Fails to Screen Veteran for Aneurysm Resulting in Emergency Surgery; Settled of $200,000
Four-Month Delay in Treatment of Gynecologic Cancer; Settled for $200,000
Dancer Develops Progressive Arthritis Due to Failure to Diagnose Fracture; Settled for $185,000
Mistreatment of Undiagnosed Lymphoma Leads to Foot Drop; Settled for $180,000
Patient Dies Because Doctor Inserted Chest Tube Incorrectly; Settled for $180,000
Arbitration Award: 8-Year-Old Boy Loses Testicle Due to Kaiser Staff’s Repeated Failures to Take Appropriate Action; Total Award of $175,550.
32-Year Old Developmentally Disabled Man Dies Due to Insulin Mismanagement
Oncologist Fails to Diagnose Post-Chemotherapy Tumor, Causing Patient to Suffer Crippling Abdominal Pain; Settled for $150,000
Nursing Assistant Fractures Elderly Man’s Femur While Transferring Him to a Bed; Settled for $150,000
59-Year Old Man Dies After Misdiagnosis of Diabetes
Man Develops Viral Infection Resulting in Numerous Surgeries Following Insufficient Dental Care
Woman Sustains Hearing Damage During MRI; Settled for $132,500
Woman Sustains Further Injury from Car Crash after Negligent Doctor Performs Faulty Surgery; Settled for $130,000
Autistic Man Physically Assaulted; Settled for $100,000.
Woman Undergoes Additional Surgery Due to Intestine-Filled Bag Left Behind After Surgery; Settled for $92,500
A woman who underwent bariatric surgery and suffered post-operative complications learned that she required emergency surgery to remove an endo-bag filled with resected intestines that had been left behind in her abdominal cavity by the surgeon. The plaintiff, who experienced stomach pain, nausea and vomiting following a surgery to eliminate weight gain due to a thyroid condition, underwent two surgical revisions of the original procedure. Following the second reparatory procedure, the plaintiff displayed symptoms of infection and was taken into surgery yet again, where it was discovered that a specimen bag containing intestines that had been removed during the previous procedure had been left inside of the patient’s body. Kevin G. Liebeck of Hodes Milman Liebeck, LLP represented the plaintiff in a medical malpractice claim, which was settled in mediation for $92,500.
Defective Wine Carrier Causes Accident that Severs Woman’s Achilles Tendon; Settlement of $92,500
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 Liebeck settled the case for $92,500.
Man Suffers Injuries Resulting from Unmonitored IV Line During Hospital Stay; Settled for $50,000
A 73-year old man, who checked into a medical center after briefly losing consciousness at his home, suffered injuries to his arm due to extravasation resulting from an IV line that was not properly monitored. The plaintiff was given a 20-gauge IV catheter upon his arrival at the hospital. Since vesicants were being administered, the line should have been checked every 2 hours according to standard of care. However, proper monitoring of the line did not occur and infiltrating potassium – a caustic substance – leaked into the surrounding tissues, causing injury and necessitating the patient’s transfer to a different facility for further treatment. Jeff Milman and Jessica Vanden Brink with Hodes Milman Liebeck represented the plaintiff and the case was resolved in mediation for $50,000.
Additional Case Results
$475,000 Settlement | Unlawful Misconduct of Orange County School District
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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