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On June 29, 2015, the Hawaii Supreme Court rendered its decision in the case of St. Paul Fire and Marine Ins. Co. v. Liberty Mutual Insurance, Hi. Sup. Ct. Case No SCCQ-14-0000727 (June 29, 2015). This case arose out of a wrongful death personal injury case handled by this office which resulted in a $4.1 million verdict in favor of our clients - even though Liberty Mutual, the primary liability insurer, never offered anything even close to its policy limits of $1 million. St. Paul - who had to pay our clients everything recovered in excess of the initial $1 million - claimed that Liberty Mutual committed bad faith towards it by failing to settle within its $1 million policy limits. The Hawaii Supreme Court agreed and found that an excess insurer has claims for bad faith against a primary insurer.

 

 

 

Brain Injury and Serious Head Injury Claims

The Deadline to File a Brain Injury or Serious Head Injury Claim

Hawaii Personal Injury Attorney - Deadlines The deadline for filing most brain injury claims in court in Hawaii is two (2) years from the date when (a) the victim was exposed to the danger and (b) SOME injuries resulted therefrom. The time is NOT necessarily measured from when the brain injury actually becomes full-blown. It should be noted, however, that there are exceptions to this rule- for example, claims against the City and County of Honolulu and the various other Counties must be filed with the appropriate agency within six (6) months of the date of the accident. You must file your claims in court (or otherwise) prior to the expiration of such deadlines, or your claims may be lost—regardless of their merit. To be wise it is recommended that you immediately contact an attorney after an accident giving rise to a possible brain injury occurs- please do not hesitate to :

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Brain Injury - the "silent epidemic"

According to the Brain Injury Association of America- each year, brain injury claims more than 50,000 lives and leaves more than 80,000 individuals with lifelong disabilities. The silent epidemic of brain injury is illustrated best by a 1999 statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there currently are at least 5.3 million Americans living with a disability as a result of brain injury.

A brain injury is often the result of a vehicle crash, a serious fall, a medical error or a sports injury. It has been said that every 21 seconds someone suffers a brain injury. The impact of a brain injury can be devastating, but a brain injury attorney can help lessen the impact that the brain injury has on the lifestyle of the patient and his or her family, by helping to reduce the financial strain caused by the brain injury.

Brain Injury and Serious Head Injury- Medical treatment

What parts of the brain the brain injury has affected- will determine what symptoms may appear. When an accident has not resulted in visible damage to the outside of a patient's head, there can still be extensive brain injury. A brain injury with no external damage to the head is often left untreated because the individual and his health care providers underestimate the impact of the injury. It can be important to have an MRI taken in order to obtain an accurate diagnosis of a brain injury, even when the head itself does not display a visible wound.

All potential brain injury victims should seek proper medical evaluation from a doctor trained to recognize brain injury signs and symptoms. The brain injury symptoms are generally easiest to recognize in the days immediately following when a brain injury is been experienced. As the internal swelling and recent trauma to the brain have a chance to heal, the relationship between a specific trauma and brain injuries can be obscured. A brain injury will not always heal completely, and when it does not, it may leave residual effects on the cognitive functioning, the emotions, the personality and other basic functions. The sooner that a brain injury is diagnosed, the sooner treatment can begin to reduce the long term impact of the brain injury on the patient and to try to prevent further deterioration and recover any lost functioning.

Living with a Brain Injury or Serious Head Injury

Patients who have experienced permanent brain injury symptoms can sometimes learn to retrain other parts of their brain in order to compensate for the lost functioning. Such compensation generally has the best results when the proper brain injury treatment is commenced shortly after the accident has occurred. Such brain injury treatment can be costly. Moreover, it comes at a time when the brain injury patient's family is already experiencing financial loss and emotional upheaval. When a brain injury limits the victim's ability to participate in work and social activities- the strain on the patient and the patient's family can be very challenging. In such circumstances obtaining the assistance of a competent brain injury attorney may help to ease the financial strain. .

Spouses, children acting as caregivers and parents of those who have sustained a brain injury often find themselves overwhelmed with an ongoing need for information. Finding help can be a complicated and exhausting task. An experienced brain injury attorney can often help with these challenges as well.

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