Personal injury attorney Hawaii
Construction Accident Lawyer
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
The Deadline to File a Construction Accident Claim
The deadline for filing most construction accident claims in court in Hawaii is two (2) years from the date when the victim was exposed to the danger AND the injuries resulted therefrom. Some statutes appear to indicate that there is also a maximum limit of six (6) years from the date of the alleged negligence in which to file a professional malpractice claim against an architect, a structural engineer, etc.
A construction accident claim may arise in a number of different ways.
One contractor may conduct its business in a dangerous or negligent fashion giving rise to injuries to others- such as a property owner or the employees of a different contractor. (Under Hawaii law if the contractor's employees themselves are injured, this would generally give rise to a workers' compensation claim and not an independent construction accident claim.) A property owner may fail to warn of dangerous conditions on its property and this may cause an employee of a contractor to be injured. A contractor may be using equipment which is dangerous or defective and which causes injury to a worker or to a propery owner.
Examples of Construction Accident Claims
Some examples of construction accident claims are:
- Dangerous construction equipment having inadequate safety devices or warnings
- Cave-ins, sink holes, collapsing excavations, etc.
- Falls due to failures to barricade or warn
- A property owner's failure to warn of known dangerous conditions on the property
- A structure which collapses
- Injuries to the employees of one contractor caused by the activities of a different contractor
- 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.
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