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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

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