Those in Hawaii who have suffered injuries in slip-and-fall accidents that were caused by the negligence of property owners may have questions about their rights to seek recovery of damages. Some myths exist that might discourage injured victims from filing premises liability lawsuits. Any person who is injured on another person's property due to the negligence of the property owner or a tenant may be entitled to pursue claims for financial relief.
Some say that a sign to indicate a dangerous condition protects the property owner. However, this is not necessarily true, and although it might be harder to prove negligence, a warning sign does not bar an injured victim from filing a claim. He or she may also take photos that document evidence or dangerous conditions, and keep items such as clothes or shoes that might help to prove a claim for personal injuries.
Another myth is that only serious injuries make a premises liability claim viable. Any injuries that led to medical expenses can be claimed along with emotional damages such as loss of life enjoyment. Also, an injury that prevents a person from returning to work for some time may allow a claim for lost income.
After suffering an injury in a slip-and-fall or another accident on dangerous property in Hawaii, a medical evaluation and a doctor's report will be needed in order to pursue claims for financial relief. Proving negligence can be quite a challenge, and the support and guidance of an experienced premises liability attorney can be helpful. A lawyer can also make sure the claim is filed within the statute of limitations and that all applicable items of monetary damages are included.
Source: FindLaw, "5 Slip and Fall Lawsuit Myths", Christopher Coble, Accessed on Oct. 20, 2017