Girardi | Keese

Former inmate wins $1 million in medical malpractice lawsuit

Although medical professionals have access to better technology today than ever before, medical malpractice cases are still filed annually in every state throughout the country.

Our California readers may keep close tabs on what is going on in Hawaii, as it is one of the closest states to the island. A recent story out of Honolulu is intriguing, as a former prison inmate is in line to win approximately $1 million as the result of a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against the state.

The state Intermediate Court of Appeals recently upheld an earlier award of $983,000.

While the former inmate was incarcerated at Halawa Correctional Facility in 2003, he developed a painful infection. This eventually led to a civil trial in 2009, during which time he claimed he was in so much pain that he threatened to hang himself if he was not provided the appropriate medical attention.

The judge overseeing the trial determined that the doctor treating the man not only gave him the wrong antibiotic but also the wrong dosage. In the most recent court appearance, the judge read from her earlier findings and noted that "the plaintiff appears pale, appears in severe pain."

This case goes a long way in showing that prescribing the wrong medication and/or the wrong dosage can lead to additional issues, such as the ones faced by this man during his time in prison.

Regardless of the situation, it can be difficult to determine if medical malpractice has occurred. Consulting with an experienced attorney can help make this process more transparent.

Source:, "Former inmate sues over scrotum infection, wins $1M" Ben Gutierrez, Jan. 03, 2014

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

DISCLAIMER: Case results depend upon a variety of factors unique to each case. Case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result. Any testimonials and endorsements at this site do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter or potential legal matter.


The Soto Verdict

Girardi | Keese attorneys have won a $2.3M verdict for a Long Beach resident run over by a Parks & Rec truck. Read more here.

The Madero Verdict

Attorney Christopher T. Aumais persuaded a San Bernardino County jury to deliver an  exceptionally high verdict in an area known for low jury awards.

A Champion of Justice

Partner Amy Fisch Solomon was a Champion of Justice in 2015, proving that success in law isn't just about the size of your verdict or settlement.

Own a VW Diesel?

Read about VW's emissions scandal and 
our class action against the automaker.


Learn About Our Referral Network Read More

Our Attorneys

Meet our award-winning team Read More


The true measure of a lawyer isn’t the awards, but what the awards say about the lawyer: dedication and commitment to the client.

Review Us
Super Lawyers Distinguished AV | Lexis Nexis | Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability American Association For Justice Consumer Attorneys Association Of Los Angeles Consumer Attorneys California Supreme Court Icon 7 Icon Best Lawyers | Best Law Firms 2014 | U.S. News American Board of Trial Advocates Law Dragon America's Top 100 Attorneys | Lifetime Achievement Martindale-Hubbell | AV Preeminent | Peer Review Rated For Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2017