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How to Deal With Injuries Sustained While on Vacation in Hawaii

As many as five million visitors come to the island of Oahu each year, staying an average of 9-10 days during their visit. Even though Hawaii certainly is a paradise, it only makes sense that vacation injuries will occur when tourists participate in biking, helicopter rides, airplane rides, sailing, scuba diving, hiking, horseback riding, jet skiing, skydiving, snorkeling and surfing activities. Suffering an injury while on vacation in Honolulu can ruin your trip, and it can also be extremely difficult to handle the aftermath of the injury without the assistance of a Honolulu personal injury attorney.

Many entities who were negligent or otherwise responsible for the vacationing person’s injuries count on the fact that a large number of injury victims leave the state without filing any sort of personal injury claim. The number of watersports activities can lead to drowning or spinal cord injuries from diving in waters which are too shallow. In fact, on average, 60 – 77 tourists drown each year in the beautiful waters of Hawaii. Other injuries, such as fractures, brain trauma, burns and back and neck injuries can occur from other recreational sports.

Businesses must maintain their property in a manner that minimizes the risk to tourists to the fullest extent possible. Many slips and falls, swimming pool injuries, watercraft collisions or even injuries resulting from inadequate security are preventable. Negligent maintenance and operation of businesses cannot occur when visitors pay the price. Tourists can feel totally helpless, however, when they land in an unfamiliar hospital with serious or life-threatening injuries. They may not know which way to turn or who to call.

The attorneys  at  Shim & Chang have been taking care of injured visitors to Honolulu for more than 35 years. Our attorneys understand how much anxiety and stress can go along with unexpected injuries and we offer trusted, knowledgeable legal information and representation.

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With more than 30 years of practical and trial experience handling all types of personal injury cases, Roy K. S. Chang has molded Shim & Chang into a highly creative and innovative law firm that honors the Hawaiian spirit of aloha. He has achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the national directory of attorneys, indicating…

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With his unique name and background, Harvey M. Demetrakopoulos' character and experience have greatly added to the creative and innovative approach of Shim & Chang. He has been with the firm since 1996, exclusively handling personal injury cases. Raised in Honolulu, Harvey graduated from Kaimuki High School and attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa…

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Alvin Tong Shim, Founder of Shim & Chang In Memoriam of Alvin Tong Shim, November 10, 1923 - June 24, 2006 The Spirit of Aloha Born in Wailuku, Maui on November 10, 1923, Alvin Tong Shim was the second child and first son of Henry and Helen Shim. As a young boy, he earned money…

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