Historically, negligence was a much broader term than it is today, referring to any type of breach of the peace. Today, however, the term negligence generally applies to those who have a specific duty to provide reasonable care — whether behind the wheel of a car or doctors who hold lives in their hands. In short, negligence may only be claimed when it is clear the injuries suffered by the plaintiff were caused because of lack of reasonable care by the defendant.
While the general public will be held to the “reasonable person” standard, professionals, such as physicians, are held to the professional standard of care. Standard of care refers to the level of precaution taken by a person or entity that is charged with providing care to the injured party . The risks associated with a person or entity’s actions have a direct relationship to the level of precautions which should have been taken to reduce the possibility of harm to others. In the end, an accident is not really an accident any time due care was not taken to reduce the likelihood of harm to another. In instances where manufacturers were aware of a defect which had the potential of causing serious harm to others, punitive damages may also be included in a personal injury suit.
If you were harmed through the direct negligence of another, the attorneys at Shim & Chang can help you.
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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…
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…
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…