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What is the potential liability in a medical malpractice case in Hawaii?

Hawaiian law, like the law in other states, allows a plaintiff to recover for all of the expenses he has incurred as a result of medical malpractice. So, damage awards typically include compensation for medical bills, loss of income and other expenses directly related to the injuries. Plaintiffs may also be entitled to compensation for future economic damages such as medical bills or loss of income if they can prove that their injuries are likely to result in those expenses. Noneconomic damages such as those for pain and suffering awards are limited to $500,000 under Hawaiian law. Punitive damages are rare in Hawaii but they are possible.

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