Best Lawyers in Hawaii

Honolulu Magazine

July 2007

L. Richard Fried, Jr.
Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina and Fairbanks

News PhotoWhen Island residents recall last spring's 40 days of rain, they remember the victims of the Kaloko Dam breach. When the Peterson family's story unfolded-a local hospital gave a newborn baby carbon dioxide instead of oxygen-people's worst medical fears were realized. L. Richard Fried, Jr., was at the helm of both of these high-profile cases. Over the years he has helped his firm win more than a billion dollars for its clients. In the Peterson case, the parents received the highest single personal-injury settlement in Hawai'i's history, $16.5 million.

It may seem like common sense to do so, but many people fail to check if their doctor is insured and board-certified. A doctor needs to be both to earn active hospital privileges. "I would never get surgery from someone without active hospital privileges," Fried says.

"It's important to speak to a doctor who can give you good advice," Fried suggests. "I can't tell you how many cases I hear where the client says, 'Betty said this doctor would do a good job; how would I know if he was unqualified?'" Fried advises seeking referrals from a trusted medical professional, such as your family doctor.