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Medical conditions exacerbated by defective products in Hawaii

There have been significant advancements in medical technology over recent years. Companies have developed numerous devices that aide in the treatment of various medical conditions. These are often essential for people in Hawaii who suffer serious injury, but they can create new problems if they are not manufactured and tested properly. A recent lawsuit has been filed by three parties claiming that they were implanted with defective products.

The device in question is an inferior vena cava filter, which is implanted just below the kidneys to prevent or capture blood clots. All three defendants were implanted with IVC filters manufactured by the same company. One of the victims suffered a pulmonary embolism while the product was in place, which it is designed to prevent, resulting in his death.

Facility facing medical malpractice after failing to locate mass

Discovering a serious health condition in a timely manner is often crucial to the outcome. Some conditions will cause the health of a patient to deteriorate if not addressed, and failure to diagnose and treat these can cause irreparable harm and, in some cases, death. Patients in Hawaii expect doctors to have the utmost diligence when performing medical evaluations. In a recent lawsuit, a woman in another state is accusing a facility of medical malpractice resulting in the death of her husband.

The husband received a physical exam from a doctor who did not identify any medical conditions that would require further testing. A year later, another check-up was performed by a different physician, which uncovered a large cancerous mass. After examination, it was determined to be inoperable. Despite undergoing alternative treatment, the patient passed away.

Car accidents involving pedestrians often end with serious injury

Many drivers attempt to be mindful of surrounding vehicles when out on the road. This type of awareness may  decrease the possibility of a collision with another vehicle, but there are other areas that require attention. Many people in Hawaii choose walking as a means of travel, and the result can be catastrophic is a driver fails to notice them. Many car accidents involving pedestrians result in serious injury and, in some cases, death.

In a recent accident, a 49-year-old man and a 9-year-old boy were using a crosswalk to cross a street when a vehicle hit the boy. He was taken to the hospital shortly thereafter, and remains in critical condition. The man did not suffer any injuries in the accident. The 82-year-old driver of the vehicle was taken into custody on suspicion of negligence resulting in injury.

Woman dies after medical facility's failure to diagnose infection

Patients expect a certain level of care when admitted to a medical facility. With many of the workers in these establishments undergoing extensive training, people in Hawaii expect the utmost diligence regarding the treatment they receive. Anytime there is failure to diagnose a medical condition, the health of the patient may be at risk. A man is accusing a facility of medical malpractice in a similar situation that resulted in the death of his wife.

The wife had recently been diagnosed with a specific type of cancer. She was undergoing treatment for the disease and was informed by a doctor that her recent surgery was a success, and she could begin chemotherapy. Several days after receiving chemotherapy she began to experience pain and sickness, prompting her husband to rush her to the hospital.

Fires caused by defective products in specific trucks

Many consumers put a great deal of thought into buying an automobile. With so many different choices in various price ranges, considering available options is often advisable. Upon purchasing a vehicle, people in Hawaii expect the product to be safe and reliable. Any defective products in a car or truck have the potential to put the driver's safety at risk.

Recently, a specific type of truck has received reports of defective alternators. These parts have been known to cause fires near the engine, which could create a dangerous situation for someone who is traveling when it occurs. In a recent incident, a woman was driving her truck when she noticed a burning odor coming from under the hood. 

Friends often remember happier times after fatal car accidents

Those who knew a particular young woman in Hawaii have been sharing memories of her talents as a stand-up paddling champion in the area. Sadly, those memories have been offered alongside their sorrow and mourning after the woman's unexpected, tragic death. It is not uncommon for loved ones and friends to share stories of deceased victims' lives after car accidents, and many believe that doing so helps the grieving process.

This incident involved only one vehicle. The woman was a passenger in the car. The driver is said to have been someone she was dating at the time. The collision occurred some time after 10 p.m. on a recent Saturday.

Balcony falls and other potential premises liabilities

What if a person staying at a hotel in Hawaii is enjoying the oceanic view from  the balcony when the railing dislodges, causing th guest to fall to the ground? Balcony falls have occurred on many occasions, resulting in catastrophic injuries, sometimes even death. It begs the question as to who may be held accountable for such tragedies?

Falling from a balcony that was not properly secured may be grounds for a premises liability claim against a hotel owner. This type of accident is one of many that may come under this category. Any time a person suffers injury on property where another person had an obligation to keep visitors safe, there might be grounds for filing an injury claim in court.

Where those injured in car accidents can seek support

Along with oceanic beauty and scenic highways, Hawaii is also home to many motor vehicle collisions every year. While some car accidents are very minor, others involve major impacts, serious vehicle damage and catastrophic injuries to one or more persons. Families suffering in the aftermaths of such accidents may reach out for support in any number of ways.

The most obvious type of help a car accident victim might need is medical care. Although rescue workers and law enforcement agents are usually on hand at an accident scene to provide aid and transport anyone in need to the nearest medical facility, some injuries are so severe that long-term medical treatment and/or physical therapy is needed for weeks, months, even years. Such care is typically expensive, which can place tremendous financial strain on those who are already suffering.

When a doctor error is discovered, should the doctor apologize?

Most medical patients in Hawaii would agree that physicians should be forthright regarding their own mistakes and should definitely apologize to patients, especially those who become injured. Such might not be very likely, however, according to approximately 300 primary care doctors who participated in a national study that included questions about doctor error, medical malpractice and more. In fact, most doctors who answered the questions said they would probably try to obscure any errors and would most likely never apologize to their patients.

Reasons vary as to why that might be so. Some say doctors fear lawsuits. Others say many of them have enormous (fragile) egos that they'd rather protect than risk ruining their reputations. Many doctors apparently try to blame others when mistakes are undeniable in a misguided effort to escape responsibility.

Grieving family claims medical negligence caused girl's death

Many parents in Hawaii can relate to having loved ones who suffer from various types of headaches. Often, a severe headache prompts a visit to an urgent care facility or emergency room. For one young girl, it meant repeated visits over an extended period of time. Sadly, not only did those visits not lead to solutions for her problem, her family says medical negligence caused her unexpected, untimely death.

The 13-year-old child had complained about her head hurting so much that her mother thought it warranted a trip to the hospital. Strangely, even though the patient was apparently presenting symptoms commonly associated with pediatric brain tumors, no CT scan was ordered. The test was performed much later, after the child had actually stopped breathing and become unresponsive two times.

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