For more than 45 years, Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner has guided hundreds of clients through the Hawaii legal system. If you or a loved one has suffered from a catastrophic injury because of someone else’s negligence, we can provide diligent representation for your case. Our Honolulu catastrophic injury lawyers can investigate the situation and uphold your rights to compensation. We know you are going through an emotional and stressful time. Our attorneys can keep you informed throughout the process. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Under the legal definition, catastrophic injuries prevent the victim from maintaining any gainful employment. They often occur suddenly without warning, and often cause permanent physical and mental damage. Whether your injury resulted from a car accident, construction accident, medical malpractice, defective product, or other incident caused by the negligence of another person, our Honolulu catastrophic injury attorneys can work hard to pursue justice for your case.
Common types of catastrophic injuries include:
• Traumatic brain injuries
• Second, third, and fourth-degree burns
• Organ damage
• Spinal cord injuries
• Accidental amputation
• Brachial plexus injuries
• Multiple or comminuted fractures
Treatment for catastrophic injuries is often long-term and intensive. It includes speech therapy, physical therapy, surgery, and other expensive medical procedures to improve the patient’s quality of life. In-home care is also often required for patients who lack the ability to take care of themselves and perform routine daily tasks.
In Hawaii, there is no cap on economic damages you may receive for a catastrophic injury. This means you may be able to obtain a large financial award to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and other economic damages. However, there is a limit on how much compensation you may receive for non-economic damages.
Non-economic damages include:
Pain and suffering
Loss of enjoyment of activities
In Hawaii, the cap on non-economic damages is $375,000. This means, even if a judge determines you are eligible to receive $500,000 for non-economic damages, by law you can only receive $375,000. It is important to remember that this law only applies to non-economic damages, so your total award could exceed $375,000.