Maritime Attorney - Ocean Accident Lawyer Hawaii

Maritime Claims, Admiralty - Accidents at Sea - Hawaii

Hawaii Shipping, Boating & Diving Accidents, Drownings, Unseaworthy Vessels



William H. Lawson- Attorney / Lawyer

1188 Bishop St.
Suite 2902
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
Phone: (808) 524-5300 New Client Hotline
Phone: (808) 528-2525 Main Business Line


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  • Deadlines: The deadline for filing a claim arising out of water-related accident in court can be difficult to determine. Similar situations may have very different deadlines for filing. Some claims are state law claims and generally follow Hawaii's two (2) year statute of limitations. Other claims for maritime personal injury or death fall under federal maritime law which generally has a three (3) year statute of limitations. 46 USC Appendix section 763a. Even under federal law, however, the deadline may be different. Claims against the United States, for example, have a two (2) year statute of limitations 46 U.S.C. section 741, 781. In short it is best to promptly investigate and assert any claim which you think you may have- and to obtain legal assistance in determining any filing deadlines which may apply.

  • Investigation rescue divers of a water related accident claim can be difficult and costly. Nonetheless, a timely investigation of all available evidence related to the case may be critical to a favorable outcome. Photos and videos of relevant conditions (the inside and the outside of the vessels, the waves or ocean conditions, the reefs, sandbars, signs, buoys and channels, any other dangers giving rise to the accident, the activities being carried on in the area of the accident, etc.), the dive equipment, surfboard, bodyboard or other equipment involved, the area(s) where the injuries and damages were sustained and the injuries and damages themselves may prove invaluable in proving up an accident claim to a claims adjuster, a judge or a jury. Photographic or video documentation of the accident should be done as soon as possible.

  • Generally, cases involving water related accidents include a very complicated hodge-podge of traditional (and often inconsistent) maritime and other water related harbor cruise ship doctrines and claims. (It is probably so complicated because it has been around so long that Congress has often revisited this area of law to simplify and clarify it.) In spite of the Federal Courts' so-called "exclusive jurisdiction" over admiralty claims, most water-related accidents have one or more causes of action which can be brought under state law. Often state law is the most promising avenue for recovery. Sometimes there is more than one state where the action can be brought (and occasionally more than one country). Selecting the correct forum in which to pursue this type of claim is very important.

  • Longshore and harbor workers are generally covered for work injuries injured related injuries by the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. This act provides benefits similar to the federal worker's compensation program, which benefits are also administered by the federal Office of Worker's Compensation Programs (OWCP). Although claims against the employer are barred (in most circumstances) because of the availability of LSHWCA coverage, there may still be claims for recovery against a third party who is independently responsible for the injuries and loss.

  • Seamen (the crew of ocean going vessels) generally are covered by the Jones Act. This provides medical and sustinence payments called "maintenance and cure" to partially cover medical expenses and wage loss after an injury. The Jones Act also provides a cause of action for personal injuries caused by negligence or the unseaworthiness of a vessel. Contributory negligence (even on a large scale) is not a bar to such a claim, but only reduces the amount of any damage award on a pro-rata basis.

Various Water Related Accidents involving Hawaii


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  • William H. Lawson, Personal Injury Lawyer Hawaii, is an experienced attorney who has provided superior legal counsel in the State of Hawaii for his clients involving injuries at sea, shipping, Jones Act claims, boats and boating, maritime, admiralty and ocean accidents for over 30 years. Although his main office is in Honolulu, Hawaii, Mr. Lawson has provided trial representation in court for clients on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Similarly, Mr. Lawson has represented clients from many other states in the U.S. and from many other countries of the world and has handled their legal matters in the State of Hawaii. With an emphasis in personal injury law, Mr. Lawson primarily handles cases involving auto accidents, products liability, maritime and admiralty, construction accidents, recreational injuries, premises liability and falls, wrongful death, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and car, truck, motorcycle, moped, pedestrian and other motor vehicle accidents. Mr. Lawson handles claims against the state or federal government as well as claims against various types of insurance, including marine casualty insurance, liability insurance and other types of insurance. For excellent and highly qualified representation on a claim involving an accident arising from activities involving the ocean, water, fishing, scuba, diving, marine engines, steam boilers or involving a vessel running aground, flipping, sinking, colliding or being unseaworthy, please contact Hawaii personal injury attorney, William H. Lawson now on his New Client Hotline at 808-524-5300 or on the regular office line at 808-528-2525. Mr. Lawson handles most cases on a contingency fee - so there is NO FEE IF NO RECOVERY, in other words no charge for attorneys' fees in the event that the efforts to obtain a recovery are unsuccessful. Whether you are a local Kama'aina, a business visitor or a tourist, Mr. Lawson is the right attorney to help you. "Legal Help When You Need It Most"


  • If you believe that you may have a claim of this type, please take a few moments to visit with a paralegal to outline the nature of your claim. Thank you!


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Future damages can be hard to prove in a personal injury case. But, nonetheless, the Hawaii courts hold that future damages may be awarded where there is competent medical testimony to demonstrate a future loss (such as a permanent injury or future complications, disability, limitations or pain and suffering). But supporting medical testimony is critical. "We have held that where the issue as to permanency of an injury or as to future pain or suffering is subjective in character, there must be competent expert opinion testimony as to the permanency of an injury or as to future pain and suffering before a jury may be permitted to consider such damages." Bachran v. Morishige, 469 P.2d 808, 813 (Haw. 1970)

 
 
 
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