Organ failure can occur in a variety of ways. A person’s organs can fail due to atraumatic injury or due to a severe illness. Often, a person’s organ failure is caused by the careless or negligent actions of another party. At Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli, and Pratt, our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys are here to help when you need a Hawaii organ failure lawyer by your side. We will investigate what happened in your case in order to secure any compensation you are entitled to.
Common types of organ failure we help Hawaii clients with
Organ failure in Hawaii is an extremely serious medical condition that, when left to progress, can result in extended suffering and possible death. When an entire organ system fails—such as the heart, liver, or kidneys—medical intervention is necessary to avoid death. But even if medical professionals are able to partially restore an organ’s functionality, the damage may already be permanent, the temporary shutdown causing complications that can last a lifetime.
Only a few things cause these serious conditions. At the time of death, organs naturally shut down in a progression. But severe injury or medical malpractice can put the body into a situation where organs can shut down or lose function. At worse, some forms of organ failure can be subtle at first until it is too late. Here are some examples:
Internal bleeding – It can be tough to catch internal bleeding depending on where in the body it happens, but it is very damaging to any organs affected. Lack of blood can easily cause an organ to shut down. If not immediately identified, other organs are put at risk of failure as well.
Pneumothorax – Commonly known as a punctured lung, this serious condition can develop after an injury crash. It can also happen as a result of medical malpractice during a surgical procedure.
Ruptured spleen – T-bone crashes on the driver’s side can often result in ruptured spleens. While you can live without a spleen, immediate surgery is necessary to remove the organ if it is beyond repair
Drug interactions – Drugs can assist with the functioning of various organs, but they can also push them beyond their limits or cause harmful interactions. The result can be fatal. One common form of organ failure is an overdose of Tylenol (acetaminophen). This causes liver failure.
Organ failure can also result from health complications such as sepsis (bacterial tissue infection), blood loss, and trauma. In order to try and reverse organ failure, medical professionals need to make an immediate diagnosis of organ failure. Each organ has varying symptoms of failure, and these symptoms may be attributed to another health issue besides organ failure. When a medical professional misdiagnosed cases of organ failure, they put the patient at greater risk of prolonged health issues, if not multiple organ failure and even death.
If it can be proven that the cause of the failure was due to someone else’s fault, the possibility of a lawsuit is opened. By far the most common cause of organ failure is due to medical malpractice. The wrong dose of a drug during a delicate state of health can push an organ, or multiple, into failure.
How long do victims have to file lawsuits in these cases?
Each state is responsible for setting time limits for how long victims of injuries have to file lawsuits against the alleged negligent party. The Hawaii statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date the injury occurs. This gives Hawaii organ failure victims a two-year window with which to file a lawsuit against the person that caused their injury. Failing to file a claim within this time frame could result in the victim being unable to recover the compensation they deserve.
What type of compensation is available for organ failure victims in Hawaii?
If you or a loved one have sustained organ failure due to the actions of another party, there may be various types of compensation available for your injuries. At Kurzban, Kurzban, Tetzeli, and Pratt, we are regularly able to help clients recover the following:
- Full coverage of medical bills caused by organ failure
- Lost income if a victim cannot work
- Any physical therapy or rehabilitation necessary
- Household out-of-pocket expenses
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of personal enjoyment damages
The total amount of compensation available for these claims will vary depending on the circumstances related to each particular situation. Our attorneys will fully investigate your case and work with trusted financial and economic experts to help calculate your total losses.
Call us for a free consultation of your Hawaii organ failure case today
If you have a loved one that has suffered a failure to treat situation in Oahu that led to organ failure, speak with Jed Kurzban, Esq., today. With over 25 years of experience in this field, he can advise you on what you can do in your situation. Call today for a free consultation, before the bills pile up too high. We can help.
We will not hesitate to stand up to aggressive insurance carriers or at-fault parties in your case. Our team is standing by to help you today. When you need a Hawaii organ failure attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling 866-377-3676.