As personal injury lawyers in Wailuku, Hawaii, we know that residents and visitors sustain injuries caused by the negligence of others every day. The same types of cases come across our desks year after year, with a disturbing trend of rising incidents.
While accidents are inevitably going to happen no matter where you are, it can be helpful to know about some of the most common accidents and injuries suffered here in Hawaii, so that you might be better able to avoid them.
What types of cases do we see most often? Let’s take a closer look:
1. Motor Vehicle Collisions
Personal injury claims involving vehicles such as cars, trucks, motorcycles, and buses are common in Hawaii. Pedestrians and bicycles related incidents are common as well, as any collision with a large vehicle is sure to result in serious injuries. These collisions typically involve injuries, lost wages, pain, and suffering.
The severity of injuries can range from minor to severe. Sadly, some car accident cases result in loss of life, partially turning into wrongful death cases when the victim does not survive and, in addition to their Estate, his or her family seeks compensation for their losses.
2. Slip-and-Fall Injuries
Slip-and-fall injuries occur when someone sustains injuries after slipping, tripping, or falling due to a hazardous condition on an owner’s premises. This type of lawsuit requires the victim to show that the owner of the property did not attempt to repair, safeguard, or at minimum warn visitors of these hazardous conditions. The injured person usually needs the help of a personal injury lawyer to prove these claims.
3. Dog Bites and Attacks
Dog bites and attacks are extremely frightening for the victim. Hawaii is a ‘one-bite’ state, which means that the owner of the attacking animal is liable for your injuries. This law puts the owner on the hook for medical expenses, mental anguish, and future medical care.
4. Medical Malpractice
Medical professionals are not above making mistakes or acting negligently. Unfortunately, they are in a position that requires a high standard of care for their patients. Medical malpractice occurs when your providers fail to meet that standard of care, which results in an injury to your body or mind. These are easily the most complicated, expenses, and longest types of personal injury cases. A personal injury attorney is essential.
5. Product Liability
Product liability arises when a product injures someone due to defective parts, poor design, or a lack of warning about the dangers associated with its use. Injuries caused by faulty products may qualify for filing a product liability claim in the Hawaii civil court system.
Will a Personal Injury Lawyer in Maui, Hawaii Take Your Case?
Injuries under the above-described actions may or may not result in a valid personal injury claim. It is frustrating to hear that your injuries might not enable you to compensation, but every case is unique. The only person qualified to determine the admissibility and lawfulness of your claim is a licensed attorney in Hawaii who specialized in personal injury law.
Your lawyer can discuss the particulars of your case with you. Experienced injury law firms like us typically offer free consultations, so take advantage of the face time with the person you are meeting by preparing your information and questions beforehand.
Consider Working with Lowenthal & Lowenthal, LLLC
Contacting a personal injury attorney in Hawaii as soon as possible has advantages for injury victims. At Lowenthal & Lowenthal, LLLC, we want to make your experience as easy as possible. We invite you to schedule a free consultation today with our team in Wailuku, Maui by phone at (808) 242-5000 or by emailing our firm at [email protected].