Determining Fault in Hawaii and Filing a Claim
The process of filing a personal injury claim will vary depending on what kind of accident you were in. For example, Hawaii is a no-fault state, so if you are injured in an auto accident, your medical bills are paid by your own insurance policy first, even if you were not at fault for the accident. However, if you are injured in a different kind of accident, like a slip and fall or dog bite, you would file a claim with the insurance company of the person or business responsible for your accident.
In Hawaii, you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. This time limit can seem daunting if you are already overwhelmed with recovering from your injuries. As your attorneys, we will ensure that all deadlines are met and paperwork is completed.
Comparative Negligence in Hawaii
A roadblock that you may encounter when seeking compensation for a personal injury is comparative negligence. This rule reduces the amount of damages that you are able to receive according to the percentage of fault that is assigned to you.
For example, if you are involved in an accident and found to be 10% at fault, your damages would be reduced by 10%. However, if you are found to be more than 50% at fault, then you are unable to recover compensation for your personal injury.
Insurance companies often try to use comparative negligence as a defense in both car accident cases and slip and fall cases. We employ top expert witnesses in accident reconstruction and human factors analysis to squash those defenses and make sure our clients get the full compensation they deserve.
Why You Should Hire A Personal Injury Attorney
An experienced and qualified personal injury attorney can identify all appropriate defendants, insurance policies, and other sources of compensation. At Ranken, Shnider & Taylor, Attorneys at Law, we always make ourselves available to answer any questions or concerns you may have as you navigate this complex situation.
The attorneys and support staff at Ranken, Shnider & Taylor, Attorneys at Law take the time to get to know our clients. We want to establish a strong attorney-client partnership so you feel comfortable coming to us for guidance at any point in the legal process, and so that we can convey who you are and how this accident has affected your life, to an insurance adjustor, mediator, judge or jury, thus making sure you get every dollar of compensation that you deserve. We’re always just a phone call away. By coming to us first, you’ll have a trusted professional in your corner from start to finish. Reach out today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and case evaluation at our offices in Wailuku and Maui. Let us help you get back on your feet.