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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 - 2015
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 - 2017
Best Attorneys in America - Life Charter Member
Wrongful Death - Fatal Accidents and Personal Injuries in Hawaii
Wrongful Death Attorneys - Honolulu, Hawaii
Wrongful Death Deadlines - Claims for Fatal Accidents:
The deadlines to file most wrongful death claims and fatal accident cases are generally the same
as for most other personal injuries in the State of Hawaii. The deadline is generally
two (2) years from the date of the accident. It should be noted, however, that it often takes
time to set up a probate proceeding or special administrator to pursue such claims. By itself, this often takes several months. Nonetheless, the wrongful death claims themselves must be filed in court prior to the expiration of the applicable deadlines, or the claims are likely to be lost, regardless of their merit. To be wise, it is recommended that you promptly contact a personal injury attorney in Hawaii after fatal accident occurs. If you wish to do so now, please do not hesitate to
Contact Us at Accident Lawyer Hawaii for a free evaluation of your case.
After a fatal accident it is often very important (from the point of view of making
a claim) to obtain and to preserve whatever evidence is available regarding the accident.
Many of the surprisingly successful results which we have obtained in trial and in settlement
have only been possible because of thorough and extensive efforts in finding, documenting,
saving, storing, preserving and analyzing the evidence - especially that which may
for some reason be perishable or subject to change. A thorough and prompt investigation also
involves locating and interviewing witnesses to the accident and others who may be familiar with the
conditions which gave rise to the accident before memories fade or other reasons intervene to prevent the
collection of this information. To examine these issues more closely, please visit the following page:
Inital Steps in Making Your Claims.
The damages and loss arising out of a wrongful death include, but are not limited to:
- Loss of relationship with spouse, children and parents
- Loss of relationship with some siblings and others dependent upon the decedent
- Pain and suffering of the decedent
- Loss of enjoyment of life of the decedent (generally)
- Medical expenses
- Burial and funeral expenses
- Loss of excess earnings - financial and support losses
Most wrongful death claims arise as the result of negligence claims (failure to exercise appropriate care
situations). Strict liability, recklessness, intentional conduct and other bases for liability make up a much
smaller portion of wrongful death claims.
There are many different reasons why wrongful death claims arise.
These include car accidents, other motor vehicle accidents, defective products, construction accidents, falls
from elevation, dangerous animals, boating, ocean and maritime accidents, drunk drivers, explosions, fires,
electrical accidents, chemical burn accidents, elevator accidents, other dangerous conditions on property,
safety violations and so forth.
Successful resolution of a wrongful death claim can be critical to the future
of a family. The funds recovered in a wrongful death claim can pay back bills and ensure support for the
future. They also can help to address the enormous social and emotional problems related to the injuries.
Such claims often include claims for tangible losses such as the loss of future income, past medical expenses,
the cost of substitute services and the like.
Such claims also often include claims for intangible losses such as pain
and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of consortium and emotional support,
loss of love and affection and the like. A wrongful death claim may never get the family back to where it
was before the injury, but with the help of an experienced wrongful death attorney, such claims may at least be
able to lessen some of the losses and pain from the accident.
The effects of a wrongful death can have a drastic economic effect on the surviving family,
especially here in Hawaii. Many Hawaii families live very close to the edge financially and the loss
of one income can drastically impact the likelihood of financial success of the remaining
family members. Spouses, parents, children and others dependent on the decedent are often
eligible to pursue recovery for the damages and losses arising from the death. Here at
Accident Lawyer Hawaii, we proudly provide legal assistance to help survivors
of wrongful death put themselves on a sound financial footing going forward. If you
are considering obtaining the assistance of legal counsel to address such issues, please
feel free to contact us now by phone or by email.
Accident Lawyer Hawaii now for a free evaluation of your wrongful death case.
Accident Lawyer Hawaii
William H. Lawson, Esq. and
Amy L. Woodward, Esq.
1188 Bishop St. Suite 2902
Honolulu, HI 96813
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HI accident news
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Recent Personal Injury and Car Accident News
In Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California, No. 16-466 (June 19, 2017), the U.S. Supreme Court held that a state court does not generally have specific personal jurisdiction to entertain class-action claims by non-resident plaintiffs against a company headquartered outside of the forum state (here Bristol-Myers Squibb was not based in California). In future class action claims against nationwide corporate defendants, it appears that the U.S. Supreme Court is generally requiring piecemeal litigation in each state where a plaintiff was injured, instead of allowing for a single consolidated class action in a single state court lawsuit.