Is the Hawai’i Bike Share Initiative a Recipe for Disaster?

A new bike-sharing initiative is gearing up in Honolulu, and organizers say it will help reduce traffic woes, encourage physical fitness, boost retail business and cut dependence on fossil fuels. Cycling can be a dangerous way to travel in the

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Hawaii’s Most Viral Stories of 2015

Hawaii, which gained its statehood in 1959 and is also known as the “Aloha State”, is a state both rich in tradition and revolutionary when it comes to dealing with modern issues. The following are the most shared stories to

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Insurance Won’t Pay or Cover your Car Accident? Here’s What to do Next

The initial car accident is bad enough, leaving you in pain and possibly without transportation, so having your claim denied is like being victimized all over again. If you’ve been injured in an auto accident and your insurance company refuses

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Pedestrian Safety in Hawaii

Hawaii is a state that draws in a substantial amount of tourists each year, many of which choose to walk to get from restaurants to beaches to hotels and beyond. Combined with the increasing resident population, the streets are often

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August is Pedestrian Safety Month in Hawaii

As August begins the state of Hawaii will celebrate the sixth annual Pedestrian Safety Month. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. to celebrate a Pedestrian Safety Month. But, while the state’s observance of pedestrian safety issues is positive,

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$5.6 Million Verdict for Hilo Malpractice

img001-e-tn.jpgA Hawaiian jury awarded $5.6 million to the family of an elderly minister whose doctor improvised by implanting the shaft of a screwdriver into his spine during surgery.

This was the most egregious case of malpractice I’ve ever seen in my career, and it started a cascade of events that ultimately ended in death, said Mark Davis, who represented the family of Arturo Iturralde.

But Dr. Robert Ricketson, an orthopedic surgeon who represented himself at trial, said he acted reasonably when he discovered halfway through the surgery that two titanium rods needed to fix Iturralde’s spine were missing.

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Dangers of Hawaii’s Stairway to Heaven

Approximately 150 people a week illegally climb the Haiku Stairs, also known as the Stairway to Heaven. Located on Oahu, the 3,992 steep steps lead to a now defunct radio tower that sits atop Puu Keahiakahoe in the Ko’olau mountain

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Dangers and Liability of Hawaii’s Public Lands and Trails

Although most are not aware of it, the state of Hawaii is liable for injuries sustained on public land. The liability even extends to publicly owned trails where people walk, run, bike and perform other activities that require significant physical

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Obtaining an Accident Report in Hawaii

Under Hawaii law, any driver who is involved in an accident where the apparent damage to the other car exceeds $3,000 or when any person involved in the accident is apparently injured must report the accident to the police department

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Herniated Disc Symptoms and Treatment

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 1,100 people suffered from some type of back injury related to working conditions during 2013. In addition to suffering a herniated disc from improper lifting or lifting objects that are

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