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Accidents in Paradise: Staying Safe

The Islands of Hawaii are widely considered “paradise” – the ideal spot for a relaxing vacation. While there certainly is much to love in Hawaii, there are also some dangers which visitors should be mindful of during their visit.

First of all, with a latitude of 21°, Honolulu receives considerably more direct sun than many other places. Visitors forget that this beautiful, temperate climate’s intense sunlight can also cause serious sunburns which could spoil a perfect vacation. The powerful surf is also a serious safety concern; Hawaii has more drownings than any other state. There are simply more beaches and more swimmers in Hawaii, and the waves are much larger and more powerful. Rip currents can occur with little warning, and large rogue waves are not uncommon.

In other words, common sense is critical to avoid becoming a tragic statistic when swimming in paradise. Those who engage in snorkeling or scuba diving should always have a partner along in case of unforeseen injury. Jellyfish or other unexpected sea creatures can harm the swimmer, snorkeler or scuba diver; and serious undertows can occur without warning. Be sure to ask questions during lessons and make sure you know what to do if conditions become dangerous.

While the mountains of Hawaii are stunning, there are certain potential dangers.  There could be wild boar in the mountains which can injure or kill, as well as poisonous insects, scorpions and centipedes. Take along a hiking partner and never go off by yourself in uncharted territory.

If you engage in other recreational activities such as jet skiing, parasailing, horseback riding, surfing, helicopter tours or bicycle riding while on your vacation, it is important that you be aware of any potential hazards and take precautions to keep yourself and your family safe. Should you have been injured due to the negligence of another person or entity, or if you did not receive complete and proper training prior to your activity, you may be entitled to compensation for those injuries. Many visitors to Hawaii don’t follow through when they’ve been injured through negligence, simply because they know they have to return home and don’t know how to deal with the legalities from such a distance. It is in these instances that the experienced Hawaii personal injury attorneys at Shim & Chang  can help.

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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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