Car accident attorney Hawaii
MVA injury lawyer Honolulu
(Car, bus and truck accidents)
William H. Lawson, Attorney at Law
1188 Bishop St.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Phone: (808) 524-5300 New Client Hotline
Phone: (808) 528-2525 Main Business Line
Do you wish to find out more about the various types of automobile insurance coverages which are sold in Hawaii? These have been summarized for you at the following link:
Hawaii is a "no fault" state. That means that all drivers are required by law to maintain minimum insurance coverages applicable to their vehicle. The minimums differ for depending upon the particular vehicle involved. These requirements vary from time to time - so contacf an insurance professional in the State of Hawaii for the latest requirements.
- The deadline for filing a lawsuit in court to make claims for injuries arising out of a motor vehicle accident is generally two years from the date of the accident- or two years from the date of the last no fault, worker's compensation or public assistance benefit payment related to the accident, if such payments are made. You must file your claims in court prior to the expiration of this deadline, or your claims may be lost- regardless of their merit.
- If you have been injured in an auto accident in Hawaii, you first need to obtain and fill out a No Fault (Personal Injury Protection) benefits application form from the insurance company for the car in which you were riding (or the car that impacted you if you were a pedestrian or a bicyclist). No Fault (PIP) usually provides medical coverage for injuries arising out of the use, maintenance or operation of a motor vehicle in Hawaii and it may also provide various other coverages (wage loss, substitute services, etc.)
- In Hawaii at present you generally must have at least a certain amount in medical expenses- $5,000 (1/1/98 on) [$13,900 (9/1/95 to 12/31/97); $11,000 (9/1/94 to 8/31/95) ; $10,000 (9/1/92 to 8/31/94), etc.]-
before you can recover for pain, suffering, mental anguish, loss of enjoyment of life, wage loss in excess of that paid by No Fault and various other losses caused by a motor vehicle accident. However, there are also a few other situations in which recovery for these additional losses may be possible. These situations include (1) accidents arising out of conduct for which punitive damages could be awarded, (2) accidents resulting in death, (3) accidents causing permanent loss of use of a part or function of the body, (4) accidents giving rise to permanent serious disfigurement, (5) accidents in which the No Fault benefits are exhausted and a few other situations.
- Our office charges on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis in accident cases which we accept. There is NO CHARGE for an initial consultation to evaluate your case. E-mail us or call us at (808) 524-5300 or (808) 528-2525 if you have any more questions.
- If you believe that you may have a claim of this type, please take a few moments to visit with a paralegal to outline the nature of your claim. Thank you!
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Hawaii Personal Injury and Accident Law News and Cases
On June 29, 2015, the Hawaii Supreme Court rendered its decision in the case of St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance, Hi. Sup. Ct. Case No SCCQ-14-0000727 (June 29, 2015). This case arose out of a wrongful death personal injury case handled by this office which resulted in a $4.1 million verdict in favor of our clients - even though Liberty Mutual, the primary liability insurer, never offered anything even close to its policy limits of $1 million. St. Paul - who had to pay our clients everything recovered in excess of the initial $1 million - claimed that Liberty Mutual committed bad faith towards it by failing to settle within its $1 million policy limits. The Hawaii Supreme Court agreed and found that an excess insurer has claims for bad faith against a primary insurer.