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Honolulu Medical Malpractice Attorneys Representing Injured Patients & Their Families

The medical malpractice lawyers at Shim & Chang are committed to representing patients injured as a result of the negligence of doctors, nurses, clinics, and hospitals. Unfortunately, medical mistakes are one of the nation’s leading causes of death and injury.

According to an Institute of Medicine (IOM) study, as many as 98,000 people die in U.S. hospitals each year as the result of medical errors–the equivalent of a fully loaded 747 jet liner crashing every other day. Preventable medical errors in hospitals cause more deaths than motor vehicle accidents, breast cancer, and AIDS.

Honolulu Legal Team Holding Medical Providers Liable for Their Mistakes

Various factors and behaviors negatively affect the quality of health care in Hawaii and elsewhere in the United States, including but not limited to:

  • With staffing shortages and high turnover, some medical personnel are poorly trained.
  • Some medical clinics operate like patient “factories.”
  • Doctors may not spend enough time with their patients.
  • In cases of joint care, doctors may not sufficiently communicate with each other.
  • Medical personnel may make mistakes in medical records and medications.
  • Medical personnel may take unnecessary risks with patient safety.
  • Health care providers may make unsafe choices for their patients because of lack of time and money.
  • Some medical personnel are not following patient safety rules and standards of care.

If you come to Shim & Chang after suffering harm as a patient, you will work with a Honolulu medical malpractice attorney who believes in holding medical providers to a safer and higher standard of care, which ultimately will benefit all Hawaiians.

A Representative Case Handled by a Malpractice Attorney at Shim & Chang

Shim & Chang represented the family of a man who was diagnosed with cancer. His prognosis for survival was good, provided he underwent chemotherapy. The treating clinic started giving him chemotherapy drugs, but failed to do a liver function test to see if he had ever had hepatitis.

During chemotherapy treatments, he became increasingly weak because the chemotherapy was actually suppressing his immune system, allowing a once dormant hepatitis strain to flare up and destroy his liver. He eventually suffered a horrible death from hepatitis within a month. He left a wife and three children who came to us for help.

We showed that the clinic breached the standard of medical care in this case by:

  • Not taking a proper history of the patient;
  • Not requesting a liver function test prior to the chemotherapy administration; and
  • Continuing the chemotherapy in the face of obvious signs of liver failure.

This case was settled for over $1 million.

Dispelling Myths & Retaining the Right Experts to Win Medical Malpractice Cases

Medical malpractice cases are sometimes difficult to win because jurors have been misled by malpractice insurance carriers that physicians will leave town or that health care costs will go up if they hold medical providers liable for malpractice. None of these fears have actually been realized. When doctors leave a hospital, clinic, or community, it is not because of malpractice lawsuits, but because of lower medical reimbursements from Medicare and health care insurance carriers.

At Shim & Chang, our Honolulu personal injury attorneys approach medical malpractice cases by first retaining the right experts to testify as to the correct standard of care in a given situation. We only work with experts who seek to make the practice of medicine safer, not those motivated by a retainer fee. Based on our expert’s insight, we then analyze the facts to find what the medical providers did wrong, and whether patients were seriously harmed or even killed needlessly. Over the course of 30 years, we have found that many medical mistakes were preventable, but for the carelessness of a health care provider.

Talk to an Experienced Honolulu Medical Malpractice Attorney Today

Our experience handling medical malpractice cases enables us to prove the mistakes made by medical providers, and to hold them accountable for all the harms and losses their negligence or error may have caused. If you or a loved has been harmed as a patient, please contact Shim & Chang in Honolulu for a free initial consultation to discuss bringing a claim for medical malpractice. Only in this way can we ensure safer medical care for all of us and our families.

“We are extremely pleased with the outcome of our case and have Shim & Chang to thank for it. Our case was a difficult personal injury case. Never having been a party to a legal matter like this, we had no idea what to expect, but from the beginning, the attorneys explained every step of the process, in terms that we understood. They were professional, responsive, patient, thorough and most importantly, realistic. We were treated with courtesy and respect by both the attorneys and their staff. We highly recommend the firm to anyone looking for exceptional representation on a personal injury case.”
-Beth Stefano, 5.0 Rating ★★★★★

“As a law abiding citizen, I had never envisioned a need for an attorney until I was rear-ended. Searching for an attorney wasn’t a problem for me because I had heard a lot about the law firm of Shim and Chang. Mr. Chang is someone you will immediately feel comfortable with. In a short period of time, my anxieties had lessened because of his calm demeanor. Due to his reputation and years of court experience, my case was resolved in a timely manner and I was extremely happy with my settlement. Thank you, Mr. Chang!”
-Wanda Wong, 5.0 Rating ★★★★★

“I have worked with the Attorneys at Shim & Chang, and have seen the compassion, effectiveness and pride they take with each and every case. They have practiced for over 35 years, and are committed to helping people have suffered personal injuries. I highly highly recommend them to my friends and family.”
-Ikaika Nakoa, 5.0 Rating ★★★★★

  • "Shim & Chang were committed to helping my son no matter how long it took. They got the settlement we needed to take care of him for the rest of his life."

Verdicts & Results

The Estate of Mark Tokuyama v. City and County of Honolulu Jury awarded $953,114.57, which at the time was the highest award ever for a drowning case.

  • Death of a mother due to a hospital error

    $7 Million medical malpractice settlement.

  • Brain injury suffered by a teenager in a motor vehicle crash

    $6.5 Million settlement.

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Roy K. S. Chang

With more than 30 years of practical and trial experience handling all types of personal injury cases, Roy K. S. Chang has molded Shim & Chang into a highly creative and innovative law firm that honors the Hawaiian spirit of aloha. He has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, indicating…

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Harvey M. Demetrakopoulos

With his unique name and background, Harvey M. Demetrakopoulos' character and experience have greatly added to the creative and innovative approach of Shim & Chang. He has been with the firm since 1996, exclusively handling personal injury cases. Raised in Honolulu, Harvey graduated from Kaimuki High School and attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa…

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