Medical and Dental Malpractice

In 2014, 2016, and 2018, Ian Mattoch was recognized as Best Lawyer’s “Lawyer of the Year” for Hawai`i in the area of Medical Malpractice Litigation. These honors reflect Ian’s consistent and superior legal representation of Hawaii’s victims and their families in this highly specialized area of law by his peers.

Over 40 years, the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch has represented persons and their families who have been catastrophically injured or who have died as a result of a doctor, dentist, or hospital’s failure to provide the minimum care expected within the State of Hawai`i. The Law Offices of Ian Mattoch has obtained settlements, judgements, and verdicts from dental and medical malpractice claims arising out of catastrophic and serious injuries from the negligence of:

Birth Facilities;
Cardiologists;
Dentists;
Emergency Departments;
Gastroenterologists;
Hospitals;
Hospitalists;
Internal Medicine Physicians;
Obstetric/Gynecologists;
Ophthalmologists;
Oral surgeons;
Orthopedic Surgeons;
Physicians;
Plastic Surgeons;
Radiologists;
Surgeons; and
Trauma Surgeons.

If you wish to bring a lawsuit for dental malpractice or medical malpractice against a physician, surgeon, physician assistant, osteopath, podiatrist, or health care facility licensed to practice or to operate in the State of Hawaii, you need an attorney who is knowledgeable and sensitive with regard to the adversarial nature of these claims. You are suing a person within the close-knit island dental or medical dental community in which you are living and continuing to seek treatment.

In a dental or medical malpractice claim, it is paramount to have an attorney with resources to be able to hire experts who are not only board certified in specialty areas of medicine or dentistry, but to find experts who are currently treating patients in reputable hospitals and have academic appointments to conduct research and teach at nearby universities. Ian Mattoch has built relationships with qualified experts after collaborating on cases.

In a medical or dental malpractice claim, you need an attorney and a law firm that has experience with working in this area of law with specific deadlines, hearings, and documentation requirements.

I think I have a medical/dental malpractice case. What do I do?
First of all, make sure you continue to seek immediate medical care and follow your physician’s recommendations in a timely manner. If you no longer trust your doctor, seek treatment from a doctor you can trust. If you do not follow your doctor’s recommendations, you may be accused of not mitigating your damages.

Any treatment of injuries sustained as a result of a medical/dental malpractice continues to be paid for by your health insurance or application must be made immediately for coverage through State of Hawaii’s Medicaid/MedQuest program if you are staying in the State of Hawaii.

Most health insurance plans and all Medicare, Medicaid/MedQuest insurance plans do NOT cover alterative medical treatment such as chiropractic, naturopathic, massage, and/or acupuncture treatment.

Second of all, call the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch for a free consultation. We can advise you of your rights, limitations on treatment, and your benefits prior to giving a recorded statement to any insurance company.

Do you have a personal injury case?
You’ll never know unless you call for a free consultation.

The Law Offices of Ian Mattoch has physical offices with staff and video conferencing capabilities in Honolulu, Hilo, Waimea, and Kona. Our investment in local offices shows our firm’s commitment to be there for accident victims and their families.

Legal fees are paid on a contingency basis – we only get paid when you get paid. All costs to prepare your case are advanced by the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch. In addition, the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch is prepared to negotiate the subrogation claim of your health insurance for payments made for treatment of accident-related injuries.

Call us if you think you or a family member are a victim of malpractice.

Choose a law firm that elicits a quick response from attorneys and legal professionals.
The Law Offices of Ian Mattoch has extensive experience in the practice of personal injury law. We have the resources to investigate and develop your case in order that you receive just compensation for your injuries and your losses.

Our firm works as a team to investigate the facts of the accident and insurance coverage. Our paralegals and attorneys have experience in working with physicians and medical professionals in documenting and advocating for gold standard care to achieve the best medical outcome possible.

Choose a law firm with continuing commitment.
The Law Offices of Ian Mattoch has built its firm based on its reputation of commitment to its clients even after settlement is obtained. You want a law firm that is willing to negotiate outstanding medical bills, liens, and claims after settlement. Every day there are legal cases heard in State and Federal courts that affect you. You want a law firm that is up to date on the latest decisional law and how it affects you and what you net from your personal injury settlement.

What does an attorney’s timeline to handle a personal injury case look like?
After 40 years of experience in this area of law, Ian Mattoch will tell you that every case is different. However there are three simple things that we looks at when evaluating a personal injury case: 1) liability; 2) injur(ies); and 3) in the case of malpractice, what are the damages.

Every case has different accident facts. Every person reacts differently to an injury with regard to resulting impairment and disability. Every negligent person or company has different insurance coverages. The timeline to each personal injury case is based on the time it takes to complete an investigation and documentation of the three areas of your case: 1) liability; 2) injur(ies); and 3) damages.

If an attorney suggests the value of your case during the first call, then this attorney is guessing and is showing inexperience in the practice of personal injury law.

During the time it takes for your case to evolve, the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch will keep you informed of the status of your claims. The Law Offices of Ian Mattoch prides itself in returning telephone calls and emails promptly.

How will the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch handle my case?
The Law Offices of Ian Mattoch has a reputation of having a staff of attorneys, legal assistants, and secretaries who are experienced and knowledgeable. You can be assured that every person at the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch will treat you and your case as if we were representing our own family.

At the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch, we look for creative ways of making sure that every insurance adjuster knows a person and can see a face of our client before they put a value on our client’s life changing injuries and the damages that arise out of those injuries. Our office has a videographer that has created unique “Day in the Life” videos for clients’ with catastrophic brain injury, spinal cord injury, and wrongful death. These “Day in the Life” videos play like short film documentaries about our clients and the impact that a catastrophic injury has had on their lives and the lives of the people around them. {Click here to see some of our client testimonials that have clips from these videos.}

At the Law Offices of Ian Mattoch, you can expect that every malpractice case has a “case management plan” that includes:

1) Investigation of the breach in the standard of care includes but is not limited to obtaining:

a. Obtaining an Expert Opinion(s)
b. On-going collection of evidence and research

2) Investigation/Documentation of Injuries and Medical Treatment:

a. Ambulance Records/Bills
b. Hospital Records/Bills
c. Hospitalists Bills
d. Radiologists Bills
e. Consultant Physician Medical Records/Bills
f. Therapy Records/Bills
g. Massage Records/Bills
h. Chiropractic Records/Bills
i. Nurse case manager or advocate to review medical records
j. Nurse to create a medical chronology

3) Investigation/Documentation of Damages

a. Nurse Life Care Planner to project future needs
b. Evaluations by experts in various medical fields
c. Physical capacity evaluations by human performance experts
d. Narrative reports from treating physicians
e. Employment Records
f. Education Records
g. Copy of Social Security Earnings Statement
h. Questionnaire from Employer
i. Copies of Employment File
j. Copies of Labor Agreements, Pension Funds, etc.
k. Obtaining an economic loss projection from an economist to calculate wage loss, loss of household services, loss of health/medical insurance benefits, etc.

A medical malpractice case has many deadlines to keep track of during the preparation of a claim. Choose an attorney that will be responsible for deadlines to be met so that you can concentrate on healing and recovery.