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Honolulu Wrongful Death Lawyers With Experience & Integrity

The wrongful death lawyers at Shim & Chang in Honolulu have significant experience handling wrongful death actions on behalf of families who have lost a loved one in a tragic accident. We understand that feelings of shock and sadness often supersede legal and financial concerns during such a difficult time. Shim & Chang can help you obtain fair recovery for your losses so that you can focus on your emotional recovery.

Our firm is undaunted by challenging cases and powerful adversaries. We went up against the City and County of Honolulu in a wrongful death case, winning nearly $1 million in damages on behalf of our client in an unprecedented victory. You can trust us to handle your case with the same determination and commitment to excellence.

A Honolulu Lawyer Explains Wrongful Death Actions

Under Hawaii law, a deceased person’s legal representative or qualifying family members or dependents may bring a wrongful death action against a person or entity whose wrongful act, fault, or default caused the death of another person. If a legal representative brings the action, he or she may recover on behalf of the estate the reasonable expenses of the deceased person’s last illness and burial. When a family member, such as a spouse, partner, child, or parent, brings an action, he or she may also recover compensation for loss of love and affection, including:

  • Loss of society, companionship, comfort, consortium, or protection
  • Loss of marital care, attention, advice, or counsel
  • Loss of a partner’s attention, advice, or counsel
  • Loss of a child’s care or attention to his or her parent
  • Loss of parental care, training, guidance, or education

Knowledgeable personal injury attorneys who have successfully handled wrongful death claims can assess the amount of compensation that may be available to you for the loss of your loved one. At Shim & Chang, we also emphasize the importance of holding at-fault parties responsible for their actions that led to a fatal accident. One lawsuit can instigate changes in behavior and safety requirements that ultimately prevent dangerous situations for everyone in Hawaii.

Talk to a Knowledgeable Honolulu Wrongful Death Attorney Today

If you have lost a loved one in an accident, we can help you in your time of need by offering strong, compassionate legal support to you and your family. Please contact Shim & Chang today to learn more about bringing a wrongful death action against the parties responsible for your tragedy. During a free initial consultation at our office in Honolulu, we can discuss the strength of your case and the best course of action for obtaining the compensation you need and deserve to remedy your losses.

  • "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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