Hawaii: gorgeous beaches, beautiful waters, and endless summer. Being here can seem like a tropical paradise. With all that good weather, however, comes the injuries that accompany outdoor activities.
Maybe it's you who was hurt and needs help, or perhaps it was a friend or family member. Whatever the case, if you need guidance for your personal injury case, Enjuris is a good place to start.
This is where you’ll find Hawaii's laws. The official website has information regarding how long you have to bring a case, damage caps on personal injury claims, and other relevant information.
In Hawaii, you have two years to bring a personal injury claim or a property damage claim. That doesn't mean the whole lawsuit must be completed in two years, but the paperwork has to be filed with the court before that time is up.
The first meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free. (Keep in mind that other legal specialties, such as real estate law or estate planning law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency fee, which means that they will receive a third of the eventual reward, plus office expenses.
If your case ends up going to trial, the percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't set by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something different.
Personal injury cases (also know as a tort lawsuit) come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Auto accidents, medical malpractice and premises liability (slip/fall) are a few examples of the most common types of personal injury cases, but there are many more. In fact, torts are among the most common legal actions in the United States. Read more
There are many issues you can solve without the help of a lawyer. If you don't know where to begin, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like Westlaw or LexisNexis.