Lose a Loved One to Negligence?
Our Honolulu Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You File a Wrongful Death Claim
A wrongful death is a fatality caused by another party's negligent,
reckless, or intentional actions, such as a death caused by a defective
product, drunk driving accident, or premeditated murder. Wrongful death
cases are civil suits brought by survivors who were dependent on the deceased
for financial or emotional support. Civil suits differ from criminal murder
cases in their standard of proof, damages sought, and role of the victim's
family in pressing charges.
For legal assistance, call (808) 518-2120 to request a free initial consultation.
Why Do I Need a Wrongful Death Attorney?
Since the process of litigation in cases of wrongful death can be overwhelming
and confusing, having gifted attorneys on your side is absolutely imperative.
Our Honolulu wrongful death lawyers will determine whether you have a
case, help you meet Hawaii's statute of limitations, interview witnesses,
help you collect documents, choose the best litigation strategy, and protect
you from the defendant's insurance company. To secure excellent legal
representation for your case, contact our practice today.
When Should I File My Wrongful Death Claim in Hawaii?
Hawaii law requires that wrongful death claims are filed in court within
two years of the victim's exposure to harm and the appearance of their
injuries, not from the time of death. The City and County of Honolulu
and certain other counties maintain a six-month time limit. Contacting
an attorney as soon as possible will ensure that you meet the statute
What Kinds of Wrongful Death Settlements Can My Family and I Pursue?
Suppose a person that is seriously injured and hospitalized, presses charges
while in the hospital, but dies before the case is settled. Two types
of damages can come of this case. First, according to "survival statutes,"
the surviving immediate family members can continue pressing the initial
charges and collect the damages their loved one would have received. Second,
the family can press separate wrongful death charges to vindicate their
own emotional and financial losses. The amount of compensation awarded
to survivors is based on their present financial dependence on the victim.
Damages can cover:
- Medical and funeral expenses associated with the death
- The victim's future earnings and benefits at their present value
- Lost inheritance
- Survivors' pain
- Mental anguish
- Possible punitive damages
How Much Does it Cost to Bring a Wrongful Death Claim?
The attorney fee you will pay is a percentage of the damages your lawyer
achieves from litigating your case. Our Honolulu wrongful death lawyers
at Leavitt Yamane & Soldner charge on a contingency basis, meaning
that we collect fees if and only if your case is successfully settled.
For more information about filing a wrongful death claim, please give us a call today.