Honolulu Hawaii Personal Injury and Accident Attorney
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Law Firm OverviewWilliam H. Lawson, Attorney at Law is a personal injury attorney in Honolulu, Hawaii who has been handling personal injury matters for over 3 decades. Mr. Lawson handles all kinds of personal injury claims, including auto accidents, trucking accidents, motorcycle accidents, products liability, premises liability, ocean, boating and maritime claims, construction accidents, insurance coverage disputes, arbitration, mediation, civil trials and more. Attorney Lawson personally works with each client to go over the situation at hand and avoids relegating his clients to paralegals or law clerks.
Together with Mr. Lawson you will have the opportunity to explore what your options are, to select a path and to do all that is realistic in order to try to get back on track. Mr. Lawson understands that his clients are often in the midst of turmoil, and he works hard both to provide outstanding legal care and to provide a warm and friendly atmosphere to help his clients find some calm throughout the stressful situations that they face.
Mr. Lawson is devoted to his clients' well-being and he will take all reasonable steps in order to secure good results for his clients. His 30+ years of experience give Mr. Lawson an exceptional level of knowledge and wisdom regarding how to document, establish and proceed with his clients' claims. Please call us today for a Free Initial Consultation about your personal injury or wrongful death claim.
Year this Office was Established: 1979
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Recreational Accidents; Electrical Accidents; Electrocution; Elevator and Escalator Accidents; Explosions; Accidents due to violations of the Building Code; Swimming Pool Accidents; Drowning, Diving and Swimming Accidents; Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims; Automobile Insurance Coverage Claims.
Areas of Law Description
- Car, Truck and Bus Accidents
Hawaii is a "no fault" state. In connection with that, all drivers of motor vehicles are required by law to maintain minimum insurance coverages applicable to their vehicles under Hawaii law. These minimums provide a very basic and minimal level of protection for persons injured due to an automobile accident. These protections can be greatly increased by obtaining large UM and UIM insurance policies to protect yourself and your loved ones when you acquire your own motor vehicle insurance. High limits on both such coverages are strongly recommended by Hawaii Injury Lawyer Bill Lawson.
- Moped and Pedestrian Accidents
If you are on a moped or if you are a pedestrian in an accident with a motor vehicle in Hawaii, then typically you are supposed to be provided the minimum PIP medical coverage (up to $10,000.00) from the PIP coverages on the motor vehicle involved in your accident. Although PIP coverages are typically coverages that we purchase for our own car insurance policy, when a pedestrian, bicyclist or moped operator is involved in a crash with a vehicle, that vehicle's insurer typically must provide the minimum PIP coverages.
- Motorcycle Accidents
The insurance requirements for motorcycles are different from those for cars, trucks and buses. Motorcyclists are usually far more at risk than the operators of cars, trucks and buses and yet their insurance coverages are usually much more limited. The coverages required on motorcycles are usually much lower than the requirements for other motor vehicles. We recommend that all motorcyclists acquire very high UM and UIM limits on any autos that may own in order to try to reduce the risks of financial disaster from a motorcycle accident.
- Brain Injuries
Brain injuries can result from a vehicle crash, a serious fall, a medical error or many other types of trauma. The Brain Injury Association of America has said that someone suffers a brain injury every 21 seconds. The impact of a brain injury can be devastating, but an experienced brain injury attorney, like Mr. Lawson, can help free the victim and his or her family from the time demands of a personal injury claim in order to allow them to focus on lessening the impact of the brain injury on the patient and his or her family. This is especially important in the first few weeks and months after the accident. In time, a qualified brain injury lawyer can also help by obtaining a monetary recovery to reduce the financial strain caused by TBI.
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
Spinal cord injuries include: paraplegia, quadriplegia, fractured vertebrae, broken spinous process, ruptured disks, disrupted facet joins and other injuries. The Law Office of William H. Lawson has handled many cases involving spinal cord injuries. As with brain injuries, it is very important to get proper medical care as soon as possible after an SCI. We can help free up your time to address such issues while still allowing you to do to prepare the personal injury claims promptly and thoroughly.
- Wrongful Death
Wrongful death suits seek to recover for the loss of a loved one - typically on behalf of the surviving family. Some of the elements of special damages which can be recovered in a Hawaii wrongful death claim are claims for the loss of income - often described as an excess earnings claims, the loss of household services which were provided by the decedent to others, the medical expenses incurred and the expenses of the last illness. Some of the elements of the general damages in such an action include claims for the grief and emotional distress suffered by the loved ones, their loss of advice, wisdom and consortium, the decedent's pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, the survivors' loss of companionship, and so forth. We have helped many families to deal with the increased burdens and the emotional loss suffered from a wrongful death.
- Premises Liability
In Hawaii, a premises liability claim arising out of a serious fall from elevation, a building code violation, a construction defect, or another dangerous condition on property is generally subject to a two-year statute of limitations. An owner or occupant of real property in Hawaii is not required to be an insurer of all those who come upon his/her property, but an owner must take reasonable steps to eliminate or warn against any conditions on the property which pose an unreasonable risk of harm.
- Defective Products
Some of the types of dangerous products which have led to successful products liability claims here in Hawaii include: dangerous equipment in the workplace, dangerous products, defective or improperly grounded appliances and electrical devices, clothing made of defective materials, medical devices which cause serious injury, and medications which have dangerous side effects. Hawaii Product Liability Lawyer William H. Lawson has helped many people and families harmed by defective products to get back on their feet again.
- Initial Steps
After an MVA, there are several immediate steps which should be considered. First, an investigation may be necessary. Witnesses may need to be located and statements may need to be taken. These become much harder to obtain with the passage of time. Second, pictures of the conditions, the injuries and any vehicles involved may be necessary. The actual conditions, the extent of the injuries and the reasons for the accident all need to be documented as soon as possible. The best way to avoid going to trial is to make sure that the insurance company knows that it will lose if it insists on litigating the case in court.
Mr. William H. Lawson
Accident, Admiralty and Maritime, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Litigation, Insurance
- National Lawyers Association
- Hawaii Association for Justice
- American Association for Justice
- American Trial Lawyers Association
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