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National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
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American Society of Legal Advocates - Top 100 - 2014
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American Society of Legal Advocates - Top 100 - 2013
Recreational injuries in Hawaii
Deadlines for filing a Recreational Accident claim in Hawaii
claim arising out of a recreational accident may be
subject to the two-year statute of limitations
in Hawaii in some situations. It should be noted, however, that there are
exceptions to this rule- for example, claims
against the City and County of Honolulu and the
various other Counties must be filed with the appropriate agency
within six (6) months of the date of the accident.
You must file your claims in
court prior to the expiration of such deadlines, or your
claims may be lost—regardless of their merit.
To be wise it is recommended that you contact an attorney, lawyer
or law firm experienced in recreational accidents right away
after an accident giving rise to injuries occurs. Please do not
hesitate to :
Accident Lawyer Hawaii now for a free evaluation of your case.
Brief overview of Recreational Accident claims- in Hawaii
Recreation accidents in Hawaii occur in a large number of different activities.
Recreational and entertainment activities here seem only to be limited by the bounds of human
imagination. A few of the more challenging activities include surfing, body boarding (bodyboarding), body surfing (bodysurfing) and riding all kinds of things- dirtbikes, horses, jetskis (jet skis), ATVs, etc. Then there are amusement park rides like roller coasters, parasailing, paragliding, gliding, parachuting, bungee jumping, mud sliding, hiking, trail riding, and the like. People here are sometimes even injured doing the more mundane things like playing tourist, sightseeing (siteseeing), going to our scenic lookouts, walking around Diamond Head, shopping and the like.
recreational accidents in Hawaii involve an injury received
because of a dangerous condition on property. Many of these
accidents are now suhject to Hawaii's recreational use
statute which shields many landowners from liability for
accidents occurring on their property. Business that
are involved in recreational activities (and which charge
for their services and property use) generally are not
able to take advantage of this shield from liability.
Such an owner or occupant of real property are required
to take reasonable steps to eliminate any unreasonable
of harm posed by the property to people who may come onto
it. Depending upon the situation this may be done either
by correcting a dangerous condition or by warning about
it. The owner or occupant is responsible for conditions
known about and which should have been known about. If you
wish to find out more about Premises Liability law in the
State of Hawaii, please review the Brief Overview set forth
on the Fall/Slip/Trip page.
Other recreational activity injuries occur as a result of swimming,
diving, surfing, body-boarding or otherwise using the ocean. We have
a particular interest in certain types of leashes used on bodyboards (body boards), like
the Morey boogieboards, which have inflexible leashes that pose dangers to
the user. For these and other swimming, diving, surfing and body-boarding
accident claims claims, please contact us. You may wish to review further
information provided about the deadlines to file such claims on our page on
Drowning, Diving and Swimming accidents.
Accident Lawyer Hawaii
William H. Lawson, Esq.
1188 Bishop St. Suite 2902
Honolulu, HI 96813
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HI accident news
Court cases re:
Hawaii accident law
Products Liability - Cases & Comment
Jones Act- maritime law and seaman cases
The Constitution Of The State Of Hawaii
Recent Personal Injury and Car Accident News
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).