If you were injured on someone else’s property and it wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to financial compensation. When you visit a business or any other property owned by someone else, you have the right to feel safe. If something on someone else’s property causes you to become injured, you may be faced with medical bills, lost wages from time you have to take off work during your recovery, and family responsibilities that you cannot keep up with financially or physically.
When a property owner has failed to uphold their duty to keep you safe, they should be held responsible. Attorney Glenn Honda has won millions for his clients in premises liability and other personal injury cases over the past 20-plus years, and he is ready to help with your case.
Premises liability is a legal term that refers to holding a property owner responsible for injuries that occur to visitors and patrons on their property or “premises.” Property owners have a duty to take reasonable steps to inspect their property for hazards, promptly repair any hazards, and warn visitors about those hazards in the meantime.
If you are injured because a property owner fails to take reasonable precautions against hazards, they may be held liable for your injuries.
What Do You Have to Prove in a Premises Liability Claim?
To successfully bring a Honolulu premises liability claim, you will have to prove that the property owner was legally negligent. This means that they failed to take reasonable precautions to keep you safe from harm on their property, directly causing you significant injuries. How you prove these elements will depend on the specifics of your case.
Proving that they failed to take reasonable precautions to protect you from harm is the first element. You will have to prove that the property owner knew about the hazard that harmed you and failed to repair it or warn you about it in time. If the owner claims they were unaware of the hazard, you will need to prove that they reasonably should have been aware of it. Proving this may require surveillance footage from the premises, maintenance logs, employee handbooks detailing repair procedures, employee testimony, and more.
You will then have to prove that the property owner’s actions directly caused your injuries. Again, video surveillance from the property, as well as photographs from the scene and witness testimony, can come in handy here. Medical records and expert testimony can also be valuable.
Finally, you’ll have to show that the injuries caused you significant damages. Hold on to your medical bills and receipts from any other expenses you incur as a result of your injuries. Keep a journal detailing your pain and how your injuries affect your life.
How Can a Honolulu Premises Liability Attorney Help?
If you have been injured on property owned by someone else, you need a Honolulu premises liability lawyer to help you with your case. Any kind of litigation can quickly become complicated. Premises liability claims are no different.
Sometimes, cases can be won or lost on procedural elements, meaning that even if you were wrongfully injured at the fault of someone else, you may lose your case because of mistakes made in filing your lawsuit or other legal rules associated with the process.
These kinds of mistakes are easy to make if you try to take on a case on your own. At the Recovery Law Center, our professional legal team takes care of all of the details for you so that you never have to worry about deadlines or filing paperwork. You can relax and put your focus where it belongs – on recovering from your injuries and putting your life back together.
Premises liability claims can easily become complicated in Honolulu. You will need to compile a large amount of evidence to prevail in your case. Between medical bills, information about your injuries, and other paperwork, things can easily get overwhelming.
Your main focus needs to be on recovering from your injuries so you can get back to work and spend more time with your family, not learning how to properly organize paperwork and other evidence in a lawsuit. Let the Recovery Law Center use our decades of experience in managing legal claims here in Hawaii so that you can focus on your health and your family.
One of the primary complications in a premises liability case is the fact that they often deal with multiple parties. The property owner may turn to a builder or maintenance company who may have improperly constructed or poorly repaired whatever caused your injuries. They could point to product manufacturers that they think should be responsible for your accident, or even blame your accident on you.
The bottom line is that no one wants to be held responsible and they will point fingers at anyone else so that they do not have to pay. You need an experienced Hawaii personal injury lawyer to find the liable parties and make sure they pay for their mistakes.
Premises liability cases will also usually involve insurance companies. Do not try and take on the insurance companies alone. It is the insurance company’s job to try and make the lowest possible settlement for claims – and ideally offering nothing at all. This means that you can easily get taken advantage of.
One way to make sure this does not happen to you is to call a personal injury attorney. At the Recovery Law Center, we deal with the insurance companies regularly and we know how to best counter their tactics to seek the maximum compensation owed to you for your injuries.
Common Types of Premises Liability Cases We Handle
If you have been injured in a situation like these or any others on property belonging to someone else, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries by talking to a premises liability lawyer and making a premises liability claim.
Tips for Dealing With Insurance Companies After an Accident
Insurers may offer quick settlements for your injuries, which may seem like a simple solution. However, if you accept a quick settlement that sounds good at the time, you may be left with medical bills that far exceed the amount you received. You will have lost your opportunity to seek what you actually need to pay for all of your damages.
Your response when you get a call from the insurance company should always be to “talk to my attorney at the Recovery Law Center.” We have years of experience dealing with insurance companies. We know when a settlement offer is satisfactory, and we are not afraid to tell the insurance company that we will see them in court if their offer is not where it needs to be. We will work tirelessly on your case so that you can seek what you deserve for your injuries.
Compensation Available for Injury Victims in Hawaii Premises Liability Claims
Compensation in a premises liability claim may include both economic and non-economic. Economic damages are those that are associated with a clear dollar value, while non-economic are just as real but do not come with a clear dollar amount attached.
Damages may include:
Lost earning potential
Transportation to and from medical appointments
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium
Death benefits, including funeral costs and loss of income
Please contact us at the Recovery Law Center and we will review what kinds of specific damages might be possible in your case.
What to Do if You’ve Been Hurt on Someone Else’s Property in Hawaii
Get the medical treatment you need. This is crucial for your health. Some serious injuries have delayed symptoms, so waiting to get treatment can put your health in danger.
Make an accident report. You should report your accident, though who you need to report it to will vary depending on the circumstances of your accident. You should inform the property manager if one is available. If your incident occurred at work, inform your employer. If you were in an area where police or security guards may be present, such as a store, hotel or other high-traffic area, make your report to an officer.
Take photos of the scene as well as your injuries. Take photos of the area where you were injured. If you are injured too severely to do this, have a family, friend or your lawyer return to the scene to take photos as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more likely it is that the hazard that injured you will be cleaned up or repaired.
Call an attorney. Premises liability claims are complicated and trying to handle it on your own is risky. Instead, hire a lawyer as soon as possible. While you are recovering from your injuries, they can handle the details of your case.
If you are unable to perform all of these actions, contact Recovery Law Center right away. We can advise you of the best steps to take in your circumstances.
Time Limits on Premises Liability Claims in Hawaii
Whenever you experience a personal injury, you will have a limited amount of time to make a claim for damages. This is referred to as the statute of limitations.
In Hawaii, you have two years from the date of your accident to bring a claim for a personal injury, including premises liability accidents. At the Recovery Law Center, our premises liability lawyer encourage our clients to act faster than two years so that you remember more details about your accident, and you have better chances for a successful claim.
Contact Us Now for Legal Help With Your Premises Liability Claim
Property owners have a responsibility to keep visitors to their premises safe. When they fail in this duty, they should be held to justice for their negligence.
At the Recovery Law Center, we are available to help you with any type of premises liability claim in Hawaii. Call us or contact us online now to learn more about how we can help you seek financial compensation for your injuries.
The consultation is free and comes without further obligations on your part.