Wrongful Death Laws in Hawaii
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Losing a loved one suddenly is devastating, especially when it was caused by the negligence of another person. Although nothing can fully compensate you for your loss, pursuing a wrongful death claim may help you recover monetary damages for hospital bills, funeral expenses, loss of income and benefits, pain and suffering, and more.
At Zinda Law Group, our legal team has handled numerous wrongful death claims nationwide and helped our clients seek the justice and compensation they deserved. We are here to assist you through this difficult time, and as our client, you will pay nothing unless we win your case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
What Is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Hawaii?
A loved one of a decedent may be able to recover for their loss by bringing a wrongful death claim. A wrongful death lawsuit in Hawaii may be brought when the death of an individual is caused by another person’s wrongful act, neglect, or default.
Essentially, a wrongful death claim may be brought where, if the decedent had survived, he or she would have a claim against the individual who harmed them for their actions. The claim may be brought by a loved one.
Who May File a Wrongful Death Claim in Hawaii?
In Hawaii, the personal representative of the deceased’s estate, surviving spouse, reciprocal beneficiary, child, father, mother, or any person who was a financial dependent of the deceased may file a wrongful death suit.
You do not have to be legally related to the decedent in order to seek recovery for your loss. Hawaii recognizes that you may have had a meaningful relationship with the decedent, the loss of whom may have caused a lot of undeserved grief. Hawaii courts will decide whether you were a dependent of the decedent.
What Damages Are Available in a Hawaii Wrongful Death Claim?
Under Hawaii law, a wrongful death action is intended to provide compensation for loss suffered by a survivor of the decedent. The damages that a wrongful death plaintiff can pursue include the loss of care and companionship that the surviving loved ones have suffered.
The following are just a few examples of the types of damages that can result from a wrongful death:
- A spouse losing the closeness and love of their partner;
- A child losing the guidance and care of their parent; or
- A dependent losing the support and help from their benefactor.
However, damages are not limited to only those mentioned above. An individual who is eligible to file a wrongful death claim may also seek damages for any financial injuries they suffered as a result of the decedent’s passing.
The personal representative may also pursue, on behalf of the decedent’s estate, a reasonable amount that covers the deceased’s medical bills that relate to his or her wrongful death and funeral expenses.
How Long Do I Have to File a Wrongful Death Claim in Hawaii?
In Hawaii, a wrongful death lawsuit must commence within two years from the date of death of the injured person. Although this may seem like a short time frame, it is important to start looking for an attorney even sooner than that two-year deadline.
Wrongful death cases are incredibly complex, and if you wait too long to file a claim, there is a chance that evidence will be lost or that witnesses will forget details of the incident. Contacting an attorney to start your case early on may help your claim be more successful and may allow you to focus on healing from your loss.
Get Help from Our Wrongful Death Lawyers
At Zinda Law Group, our wrongful death attorneys have helped thousands get their lives back on track after an accident. We have the knowledge and resources necessary to help you seek maximum compensation for your loss.
Our firm also believes that you should never have to worry about their ability to afford excellent legal representation while grieving. That is why we offer 100% free consultations and why you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your personal injury case. That’s our No Fee Guarantee.
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