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.
Various factors and behaviors negatively affect the quality of health care in Hawaii and elsewhere in the United States, including but not limited to:
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.
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:
This case was settled for over $1 million.
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.
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.”
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“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!”
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“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.”
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"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."
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