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Martindale Hubbell - AV rated lawyer - Best Rating Possible
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
AVVO Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney, 10 of 10
ATLA Top 100
Lawyers.com - Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 - Top Rating Possible
National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
American Society of Legal Advocates - Top 100 - 2014
Marquis' Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law
AVVO Clients' Choice Personal Injury Lawyer
American Society of Legal Advocates - Top 100 - 2013
The Hawaii Supreme Court recently denied AIG attempt to recover attorneys
fees and costs in a bad faith case against it and reaffirmed the principle that auto
PIP claimants who bring suit on their no-fault claims for medical benefits can often recover
attorney's fees and costs of suit even if their claims are unsuccessful.
In the case of Enoka v. AIG, Sup. Ct. No. 25291 (Feb. 23, 2006) the Hawaii Supreme
Court decided that insurers cannot recover attorneys fees from their insureds who
claim bad faith against them - unless those claims are determined to be fraudulent
or frivolous. Moreover, the Court reaffirmed that PIP claimants who sue their own insurers for payment
often may recover their attorneys' fees and costs even when unsuccessful.
Many no-fault insurers - eg. AIG - have become very aggressive in denying their own
customers claims for medical benefits. Such lawsuits and claims occur both because
the PIP claimant has been denied treatment and because of a dispute over the amount of a medical bill.
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An important victory in the fight for individual rights (as opposed to insurer rights) is the case of Yukumoto and HMSA v. Tawahara. In that case on May 26, 2017, the Hawaii Supreme Court rejected the efforts of a health insurer who tried to convert its insurance coverage into a 'loan agreement' and recover its medical expense payments from Mr. Yukumoto when he had a 3rd party claim - in spite of the fact that he was not being fully compensated for his losses. This insidious insurance practice has been damaging the citizens and members of the Hawaii community for many years. For more info, see the decision here: Yukumoto and HMSA v. Tawahara, Hawaii Sup. Ct. No. SCAP-15-0000460 (May 26, 2017).