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Compassionate Honolulu Legal Team Representing Victims of Airplane Crashes

single prop aircraft plane closeup parked on countryside airstripIn Hawaii, both small and large planes are used with frequency to travel around the Islands, but while ideal for efficient travel, airplanes are obviously dangerous if improperly equipped or maintained, or if pilots are careless or irresponsible in operating a plane. The airplane accident lawyers at Shim & Chang in Honolulu have experience helping people hurt in plane crashes, and can help you recover compensation after an accident.

Causes of Airplane Accidents in Hawaii

Too often general carelessness or an avoidable oversight or mistake causes airplane accidents when they do occur. Specific causes of airplane accidents include:

  • Weather-related pilot error
  • Mechanical-related pilot error
  • Mechanical failure resulting from design or structural issues with the airplane
  • Violations of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations
  • Oversights or errors made by federal air traffic controllers
  • Failure to properly maintain or repair the airplane or a component of the airplane
  • Failure to properly fuel the airplane

An experienced Hawaii airplane accident lawyer understands how to investigate and prepare a plane accident case, identifying all liable parties and effectively linking certain behaviors and circumstances to an accident victim’s injuries. The Honolulu attorneys at Shim & Chang readily take on challenging cases. For example, we represented one of the passengers injured in the Aloha Airlines midair accident between Hilo and Maui, where a portion of the cabin flew off the plane.

In addition to the FAA, air travel is also regulated by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), which determines the causes of airplane accidents. The lawyers at Shim & Chang know how federal rules and findings may affect a personal injury or wrongful death claim, and will call on experts to establish the standard of care owed by potentially liable parties to the victim of airplane accidents.

Seek Advice From a Hawaii Airplane Accident Lawyer

Some personal injury attorneys have never handled an airplane accident case. If you come to Shim & Chang, you can be confident that an experienced lawyer who knows aviation law is working on your lawsuit. If you or a loved one has been involved in an airplane accident, please contact our offices in Honolulu to schedule a free initial consultation at a time convenient for you. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means you pay no attorney’s fees unless we recover compensation on your behalf.

  • "Shim & Chang were committed to helping my son no matter how long it took. They got the settlement we needed to take care of him for the rest of his life."

Verdicts & Results

The Estate of Mark Tokuyama v. City and County of Honolulu Jury awarded $953,114.57, which at the time was the highest award ever for a drowning case.

  • Death of a mother due to a hospital error

    $7 Million medical malpractice settlement.

  • Brain injury suffered by a teenager in a motor vehicle crash

    $6.5 Million settlement.

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Roy K. S. Chang

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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Harvey M. Demetrakopoulos

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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