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Hawaiian tourist injuries & deaths reported at sea & on land

Hawaiian tourist injuries & deaths reported at sea & on land

September 16, 2013

Hawaii is undoubtedly one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations due to its pristine beaches, volcanoes and lush tropical flora. However, while tourists come to the Aloha State to unwind or seek a bit of adventure, many leave with unexpected injuries caused at sea and on land.


While many people come to Hawaii simply to sit on a beach, more adventurous tourists come to engage in activities such as surfing the big waves, hiking the islands, boating and numerous other activities that can lead to serious injury or death. Sadly, these recent tourist accidents are just two of the many reported every year:

  • On Land. According to Hawaii News Now, a 33-year-old hiker from Seattle Washington was recently rescued along the Hanakapiai Trail on Kauai. Reports say that the hiker had a broken ankle and was stranded. Rescue teams were notified and Rescue 3 aboard Air 1 located the man roughly a quarter of a mile from the trail’s falls. A rescue specialist was short-hauled to the injured hiker and airlifted him back to the landing zone where he was loaded in the helicopter and flown to Lihue Airport (LIH). He was later transported to Wilcox Hospital where he was treated.
  • At Sea. According to CNN, a 20-year-old German woman was snorkeling about 50 yards off the Hawaiian island of Maui when a shark severed her right arm. Two male friends and a kayaker came to her rescue and brought her back to shore. First responders found her unconscious and took her to the Maui Medical Center where she was in critical condition. She died four days later. It was the fourth shark attack on Maui this year, with two happening on the same day in February and the other in late July.

Accidents happen – everywhere. However, when a tourist injury accident happens in Hawaii, issues for out-of-state visitors can arise in the interplay between Hawaiian insurance companies, insurance adjusters, doctors and their out-of-state counterparts. These situations generally involve complicated legalities that require experienced legal counsel in Hawaii. We are that counsel


At Leavitt Yamane & Soldner, we are intimately familiar with Hawaii state law and its bearing on tourist injury cases involving car accidents, moped accidents, boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, surfing accidents, airplane and helicopter accidents – and everything else in between. Since 1971, we have helped the wonderful people who visit our island resolve accident cases they never dreamed might happen – especially when away from home.

Our firm’s team approach allows us to investigate, reconstruct and analyze your accident quickly and estimate the amount of compensation you and your family may be entitled to including medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, lost wages, physical and emotional pain and suffering, loss of consortium and more. Contact Leavitt Yamane & Soldner today for a free consultation.

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