Honolulu Personal Injury Lawyers Ready to Help You After an Accident
Providing honest and dependable legal guidance to injury victims throughout the state
If you or someone close to you is dealing with an injury due to another party’s actions or negligence, it is important to work with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to explore your options for seeking compensation. Since 1966, Shim & Chang, Attorneys at Law has served injured people throughout Honolulu and the rest of the state, providing dependable guidance for a broad range of issues. We understand how an injury or illness can impact your entire family, especially when it affects your ability to work and support your loved ones. Our dedicated legal team gives you the honest advice and personal attention you need during this difficult time in your life.
What you need to know about Hawaii’s personal injury laws
In Hawaii, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years, so you have a limited time after an accident to take legal action. If your injury involves a long-term condition like mesothelioma, the statute of limitations begins as soon as the initial symptoms appear. Time is of the essence in most cases.
Another important state law concerns comparative negligence. If the court finds that an injured party was at least 25 percent responsible for an auto accident, for example, it may reduce the compensable damages by one-quarter of the amount that would have been awarded if the person was blameless. If you were more than 50 percent responsible for your injuries, you may not be able to receive any compensation. According to state law, courts must apply the comparative negligence rule to all personal injury claims that go to trial, and pointing out this fact is a common tactic that insurance adjusters use during settlement proceedings.
Additionally, there are caps on damages in Hawaii personal injury cases, including a limit of $375,000 for pain and suffering for medical malpractice claims. This does not apply to mental and emotional anguish and is not applied to other types of injury and wrongful death claims.
How can a lawyer help you?
By working with a skilled attorney, you show insurance companies and negligent parties that you are serious about your claim. A lawyer can also help you resolve the issue more quickly than if you were on your own. Experienced lawyers know how to determine liability and examine the details of an accident, pinpointing fault and seeking compensation from the right sources. This is particularly important when dealing with insurance companies and adjusters, who use a variety of techniques to reduce the amount of money they have to pay claimants.
Our Honolulu legal team handles cases involving auto accidents, slip and fall accidents, dog bites, defective products, tourist claims, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, workplace accidents and more. Whether you are dealing with short-term or long-term injuries, it’s critical to consult a legal professional who knows how to navigate the related legal issues.
Contact a widely respected Honolulu personal injury lawyer today
After a serious accident resulting in an injury to you or your loved one, contact the experienced Hawaii lawyers at Shim & Chang, Attorneys at Law. You pay no legal fees unless you receive compensation from your claim. We can travel to meet with you if you cannot come to our office because of your injuries. Set up your free initial consultation by calling 808-524-5803 or contact us online.