Personal injury in Hawaii often occurs when a person is acting irresponsibly or negligently. If you suffer physical or emotional harm as a result of the negligence of another person then you might be able to file a claim. The idea of recovering monetary compensation from the person who has done you harm might be appealing, but often small mistakes limit our ability to collect what we deserve.
|Hawaii Personal Injury Laws|
Statute of Limitations
|Damages Recoverable||Property damage, lost wages, medical expenses, cost of household help, pain and suffering, future earning ability|
|Strict Liability||Product manufacturer may be liable for injuries caused by a consumer product|
|Joint Liability||Each defendant liable for percent of damages as determined by court|
|Contributory Negligence||Damages may only be awarded if plaintiff is less than 50% at fault.|
It is sometimes a natural instinct to confront the person, or people, responsible for an injury. If they cannot be reached the next instinct is to talk to the person who you feels owes you for your suffering. This should always be avoided! Do not attempt to contact the liable parties in anyway other than to tell them that you will be filing suit.
Never call their insurance company; never send any statement in writing. Whatever you say, even casual remarks, can later be used against you. To avoid losing your claim because of a thoughtless statement simply avoid communicating with the liable parties except through an experienced lawyer.
Adults are often afraid of going to the doctor or sometimes feel that their injury does not require a doctor. This can be a serious mistake that can cost you your personal injury claim in Hawaii. In order to help prove your case you must always be able to prove that you suffered an injury either physically or emotionally. The only way to prove this is producing documents provided by a licensed physician.
To make sure that you will always be able to produce this evidence you must go to the doctor immediately after any accident or injury. Even if you do not feel pain you should go since sometimes more serious pain will occur later. Being able to prove that sought medical attention immediately after your injury will help you prove your case.
Nothing will hurt a claim of personal injury in Hawaii more than lack of organization. Taking the time to go to the doctor, record witness information, and save documents received from a liable party is worthless if you cannot find the information when the time comes to go to court. Always carefully organize everything pertaining to your claim. Purchase a separate folder and storage container that should be used only for this information. Do not put yourself in a situation where you are desperately hunting for documents the night before you have to go to court.
For more information about your specific case, contact a Hawaii Personal Injury Lawyer.