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Getting Familiar with the Statute of Limitations in the State of Hawaii


     By Davis Levin Livingston

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Hawaii’s statute of limitations describes the amount of time you legally have if you want to file a injury lawsuit.

This indicates that when you have been critically hurt stemming from a car or truck accident, slip and fall incident, medical error as well as any additional sort of negligence in the state of Hawaii, you only have a specific time period to be able to file a claim against those responsible. As soon as the pre-determined time period expires, you may not file a lawsuit in Hawaii, irrespective of how extreme your injuries are.

Often states fluctuate when it relates to time frames for filing an injury lawsuit. In a particular state you might possibly have up to two years to be able to file legal action while in a different state you might have 3 years. The time limits may additionally hinge on the type of injury lawsuit that you wind up filing, along the lines of submitting a claim against a government entity rather than an individual or company.

Summary of the Hawaii Time Limits for Filing An Injury Case

Normally the period of time you have to file for legal action in Hawaii begins on the actual date of your accident. For example, if you wound up being injured in a slip and fall accident on March 24th 2004, that is the first date for when you could file a personal injury claim. The final date will be based upon the laws for your state. When you reach the end date, you won't be able to file a personal injury suit.

In another example, if perhaps you were wounded due to a medical professional's neglect on May 3rd, that will be the start date that you are able to file a medical malpractice injury lawsuit. However, the time limit associated with medical malpractice lawsuits in most cases include some flexibility around the time you identified the health-related issue. As an illustration, in the event that you had been the unfortunate victim of a medical error that had not been discovered until two years after your surgical procedure, your state can allow you additional time to report your lawsuit. There tend to be extra time considerations for hurt minors too.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Mark Davis
Davis Levin Livingston, located in downtown Honolulu, is a firm of trial lawyers handling litigation matters on all of the Hawaiian islands and on the mainland United States.

The firm accepts cases involving Civil Rights, Class Actions, Consumer Rights, Construction Law, Disability Rights, Employment, False Claim Act (Qui Tam), Health Care, Insurance Bad Faith, Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Special Education, and Whistleblower Protection.

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