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Personal injury law involves civil claims in which an individual is injured through the negligence, recklessness or intentional misconduct of another person, a company, or property owner. A personal injury lawsuit may arise from physical or emotional injuries. Personal injury law compensates individuals injured as a result of another's negligence or intentional misconduct. Personal injury laws vary from state to state. If you believe you have a personal injury claim, you should contact a personal injury lawyer in Hawaii to evaluate your claim.

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Hawaii follows a system using the modified comparative negligence – 51% rule.  In states following a modified comparative fault – 51% rule, an injured party can only recover if it is determined that his or her fault in causing the injury does not reach 51%.  If the injured party was 50% or less at fault, he or she may still recover damages.  However, if a plaintiff’s fault reaches 51%, he or she recovers nothing.  In other words, a plaintiff may have caused half of the accident and still recover damages from the court, but if it is found that the plaintiff’s fault was responsible for more than half of the accident, that plaintiff is barred from receiving any damages determined by the court.  Here, as in a pure comparative negligence state, a plaintiff’s recovery is reduced by the degree of his or her fault.  For example, if Debbie sued Dave for damages she suffered in a car accident involving their vehicles, and Debbie was 51% at fault, Debbie would not recover anything from Dave.  If, however, Debbie was 40% at fault, she could recover damages, but the damage award would be reduced by her portion of the fault in causing the injury.  Therefore, a finding that Debbie suffered $10,000 in damages would result in Debbie receiving an award reduced by 40%, or a final award of $6,000. 

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A statute of limitations is a type of law that restricts the period of time that a person may initiate legal proceedings.  Time limits can vary depending on the type of case and the state where the particular cause of action occurred. To learn more about statutes of limitations, read our Statute of Limitations page. To see a state by state comparison chart for the personal injury statute of limitations for each state, read our Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Actions page.

Hawaii Statutes of Limitations

In Hawaii, the courts follow a modified joint and several liability approach in entering judgment against multiple defendants.  Generally, damages for economic loss in personal injury and wrongful death claims are joint and several.  If the defendant is 25% or more negligent, damages for non-economic loss are also joint and several.  If the defendant is less than 25% negligent, that defendant is subject to several liability only and damages are apportioned based on fault. 

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One of the best ways to research personal injury lawyers in Hawaii is to contact courts in HI and ask them for information about the personal injury attorneys who utilize their legal facilities when they bring personal injury cases to court. We have compiled a list below of some courts in Hawaii to get you started:

Supreme Court
Hawaii Supreme Court
Ali`iolani Hale
417 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96813-2902
808-539-4919

Courts of Appeals
Intermediate Court of Appeals
Kapuaiwa Building
426 Queen Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
808-539-4919

Land Court
Ka`ahumanu Hale
777 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813-5093
808-539-4777

Tax Appeal Court
Ka`ahumanu Hale
777 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813-5093
808-539-4777

Circuit Courts
1st Circuit Court of Hawaii - Oahu
Ka`ahumanu Hale
777 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813 - 5093
808-539-4767

2nd Circuit Court of Hawaii - Maui
Hoapili Hale
2145 Main Street
Wailuku, HI 96793-1679
808-244-2823

3rd Circuit Court of Hawaii - Hawaii
75 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4253
808-961-7440

5th Circuit Court of Hawaii - Kauai
3970 Ka`ana Street
Lihu`e, HI 96766
808-482-2300

District Courts
1st District Court of Hawaii - Oahu
Kauikeaouli Hale
1111 Alakea Street
Honolulu HI 96813
808-538-5767

1st District Court of Hawaii – Oahu, Ewa in Pearl City Rural Division
870 Fourth Street
Pearl City, HI 96782
808-454-5488

1st District Court of Hawaii – Oahu, Kaneohe Rural Division
45-939 Pookela Street
Kaneohe, HI 96744
808-234-0800

1st District Court of Hawaii – Oahu, Wahiawa Rural Division
1034 Kilani Avenue
Wahiawa, HI 96786
808-621-5097

1st District Court of Hawaii – Oahu, Waianae in Nanakuli
87-1784 Farrington Highway
Waianae, HI 96792
808-668-1509

2nd District Court of Hawaii - Maui
Hoapili Hale
2145 Main Street
Wailuku, HI 96793-1679
808-244-2800

2nd District Court of Hawaii – Maui, Hana Rural Division
4974 Uakea Road
Hana, HI 96713
808-661-0970

2nd District Court of Hawaii – Maui, Lahaina Rural Division
1870 Honoapililani Hwy.
Lahaina, HI 96761
808-661-0970

2nd District Court of Hawaii – Maui, Lanai Rural Division
312 8th Street
Lanai City, HI 96763
808-565-6447

2nd District Court of Hawaii – Maui, Molokai Rural Division
55 Makaena Street
Kaunakakai, HI 96748
808-553-1100

3rd District Court of Hawaii – Hawaii
75 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4253
808-961-7470

3rd District Court of Hawaii – Hawaii, North and South Hilo Rural Division
75 Aupuni Street
Hilo, HI 96720-4245
808-961-7470

3rd District Court of Hawaii – Hawaii, Puna Rural Division
16-200 Pili Mua
Keeau, HI 96749
808-961-7470

3rd District Court of Hawaii – Hawaii, South Kohala Rural Division
64-5000 – 64-5011 Kamamalu Street
Kamuela, HI 96743
808-885-4615

3rd District Court of Hawaii – Hawaii, North Kohala Rural Division
54-3900 Government Main Road
Kapaau, HI
808-885-4615

3rd District Court of Hawaii – Hawaii, North and South Kona Rural Divisions
79-1020 Haukapila Street
Kealakekua, HI 96750
808-322-8700

3rd District Court of Hawaii – Hawaii, Kau Rural Division
95-5669 Mamalahoa Highway
Naalehu, HI 96772
808-322-8700

5th District Court of Hawaii – Kauai
3970 Ka`ana Street
Lihu`e, HI 96766
808-482-2300

 

 

 
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