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Honolulu Boating Accident Lawyers with Expertise in Maritime Cases

Being in a maritime or boating accident can be a terrifying experience. You may be out in the open water, and without proper safety precautions the risk of drowning is very real. The Hawaii boating accident lawyers at Shim & Chang have helped many accident victims and their families obtain compensation from boat operators, equipment manufacturers, and charter companies, always with the goal of achieving maximum recovery for our clients.

Learn About Our Firm’s Maritime & Boating Accident Experience

As a Honolulu law firm in practice for more than 30 years, Shim & Chang has extensive experience in water sports, boating, and maritime cases. Unfortunately, boating accidents can occur with alarming frequency in Hawaii, if simply because so many people go out on the water, fishing, skiing, parasailing, or simply sightseeing. We have handled the full range of water-injury related matters, from wrongful deaths to fishing injuries, for example:

  • We represented the family of a girl from Japan who died in a parasailing accident. She fell from a parasail chair that was not equipped with appropriate safety devices.
  • One of our clients, a passenger on a commercial boat, was injured because boat operator encountered oncoming waves at too fast a speed.
  • We represented a crewmember of a racing sailboat who was injured as the result of a sudden jibe maneuver brought on by an emergency.
  • Our client, a visitor from the mainland USA, was on a fishing charter when his forearm was stabbed by a trailing fishhook. The first mate on the boat had lifted a mahi-mahi from the water and negligently threw it in our client’s direction.

At Shim & Chang, our personal injury attorneys in Honolulu are creative problem solvers. If the most obvious route to recovery is not an option for our client, we will dig deeper looking for other sources of compensation. In matters involving boating accidents and maritime law, we will consult investigators and experts to ensure thoroughness and accuracy in our theories.

Talk to an Experienced Honolulu Boating Accident Lawyer Today

We understand that a boating accident is a traumatic event, especially when you are far away from home. At Shim & Chang, we are committed to representing injury victims in Hawaii, as well as those who visit our Islands. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in maritime or boating accident, please contact our office in Honolulu to schedule a free consultation. Together, we can make Hawaii safer for all.

  • "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.

Reviews and Ratings
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    The attorneys of the law firm Shim and Chang are excellent, helpful, trustworthy, compassionate and conduct their business with integrity. Shim and Chang are not a law firm looking only to make money.Rather, Shim and Chang showed me they truly cared...

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    Kimberly Kau

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    When the condo owner living above us caused water damage to our condo, we were displaced for nearly two months. When his insurance carrier refused to compensate us for the inconvenience and the temporary housing cost, we hired the law firm of Shim an...

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    Dean N

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    I was injured while on vacation in Hawaii and actually was referred to Shim and Chang by an attorney that had litigated against them in the past. I was told that if she were in my position that is who she would contact. Immediately that was a plus an...

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    Suzanne Shaw

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    This is the kindest, most well-prepared and capable group of lawyers you can find. I contacted them for a personal injury due to negligence. They took care of me in every way. Every member of the team, from the office administrative to legal aid and ...

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    Kimberly L.

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    My experience with this team has been exceptional! From the very first meeting they were nothing but professional. I highly recommend them for any personal injury litigation or mediation. Thank you Mr. Chang!

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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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