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Hawaii Trial Lawyers Davis levin livingston has secured substantial settlements and verdicts for personal injury victims.

Four Decades of Record Breaking Victories

  • $104,000,000 Child Sex Abuse

    We're proud to have secured a landmark $104 million settlement for victims of abuse against Kamehameha School. This ground-breaking case marks a significant victory for the victims, with the school agreeing to settle.

    Davis Levin Livingston is proud to announce that it helped victims of abuse obtain a $104 million settlement against Kamehameha School. The school has decided to settle with the victims in this ground-breaking settlement and case.

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  • $29,400,000 Medical Malpractice

    Physicians at Tripler Army Medical Center failed to order a crucial test that would have detected a twisted gut in a 1-month-old baby, resulting in the loss of 95% of the baby's small intestine and leading to lifelong disability.

    Tripler Army Medical Center physicians failed to order the test that would have shown a twisted gut in a 1-month-old baby, resulting in the death of 95% of the baby’s small intestine and life-long disability.
  • $15,400,000 Wrongful Death

    The state has agreed to a $15.4 million settlement in a civil lawsuit filed by the families of two hikers who fell to their deaths on a Kauai hiking trail in 2006.

    The state has agreed to pay $15.4 million to settle a civil lawsuit filed by the families of two hikers who fell to their deaths on a Kauai hiking trail in 2006.

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  • $15,000,000 Vacuum/Forceps Injury

    The hospital improperly attempted to deliver a post-date baby using a traumatic second-stage vacuum extraction. This extraction and the delay in delivery resulted in permanent brain damage to the baby.

    Hospital improperly attempted to deliver a post-date baby via a traumatic second-stage vacuum extraction. The extraction and delay in delivery resulted in permanent brain damage.

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  • $9,975,000 Brain Injury

    The hospital's failure to monitor an infant's rising bilirubin levels led to bilirubin encephalopathy and kernicterus, resulting in severe and permanent brain damage. A settlement of $9,975,000 was obtained.

    Hospital’s failure to monitor an infant’s rising bilirubin caused the baby to suffer bilirubin encephalopathy and kernicterus, resulting in severe and permanent brain damage. A $9,975,000 settlement was obtained.

  • $9,500,000 Medical Malpractice

    Surgeons at Tripler Army Medical Center reattached the small intestine backward during gastric bypass surgery, leading to complications that ultimately resulted in the death of a 31-year-old Army wife and mother of three.

    Tripler Army Medical Center surgeons re-attached the small intestine backward during gastric bypass surgery, resulting in complications which eventually killed a 31-year-old Army wife and mother of 3.

Honolulu's Premier Personal Injury Firm

Representing Injured Individuals In All Hawaiian Islands

We all want to keep ourselves and our families free from injury as much as possible. However, at times, you can still suffer sudden injury no matter how careful you may be.

This is because the negligent or intentional actions of others that are beyond our control can cause accidents or incidents that result in injury to you or a loved one. Fortunately, if you suffer unnecessary injuries, Hawaii law allows you to recover for all of your injury-related losses from the responsible party.

Contact the personal injury lawyers at Davis Levin Livingston for a free consultation regarding your personal injury claim. The firm has secured millions on behalf of injured clients, and they are prepared to fight for you and your recovery.

Call our Honolulu office at (808) 740-0633 or contact us online today. 

Proving Negligence in Your Personal Injury Case

In order to recover for personal injury, you must prove that another person or party either acted intentionally (as is assault cases) or with negligence.

In order to prove negligence, you must sufficiently show the following elements:

  • The party in question had a legal duty of care in that particular situation;
  • The party in question failed to meet that duty of care;
  • The breach of duty caused your injury; and
  • You suffered actual damages as a result.

For example, if a texting driver caused an accident, you can show that the driver had a duty to operate his motor vehicle in a reasonably safe manner, that he failed to do so by texting while driving, and that you suffered injury and losses in the resulting accident. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Davis Levin Livingston are highly experienced in identifying and proving negligence to help personal injury victims recover.

Personal Injury Success Stories

Our firm has secured substantial settlements or awards for a number of personal injury victims, including the following:

  • $11.3 million for a boy who suffered a traumatic brain injury at Tripler Army Hospital
  • $15.4 million for two hikers who fell to their deaths on a Kauai hiking trail
  • $5.6 million for medical malpractice during surgery on an elderly minister
  • $3.2 million to a family after a driver killed their daughter and left their son paralyzed in a hit and run accident

These are only a few examples of how our dedicated personal injury lawyers have helped individuals and families in Honolulu recover after serious or tragic accidents.

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How to Choose a Personal Injury Lawyer

Most people think that the only place to look for lawyers is on bus benches, TV ads, and The Yellow Pages. While technically, yes, these are places to find a Hawaii personal injury lawyer, they’re not necessarily the best options. Most of the lawyers that advertise with these methods send loud, intimidating messages to scare their clients into thinking they need their help.

You should never make your decision to hire legal help based on a flashy TV commercial or large ad in The Yellow Pages. Just because a lawyer can spend money on these advertisements doesn’t mean they have any practical experience handling your personal injury claim.

The best way to determine the credibility of any professional, personal injury lawyers included, is to ask current and past clients. Reading client testimonials, asking friends and family, and looking online for reviews of law firms are all excellent means to narrow down your choices.


You can file a personal injury claim without the assistance of a lawyer, however, doing so may severely reduce your chances of recovering fair compensation. Your case would instantly lose the legal knowledge and experience an attorney brings to the table. Responsibilities that are often handled by attorneys would also fall to you. These tasks include, but are not limited to:

  • Investigating the circumstances of an injury and gathering evidence
  • Identifying all potentially liable parties
  • Assessing medical records and other forms of documentation to determine damages suffered
  • Negotiating fair settlements with insurance companies or other entities
  • Filing personal injury claims in court if necessary
  • Going to trial, if needed
  • Staying informed about changes in the law that may apply to your lawsuit

Negotiating with insurance companies can be especially difficult. These companies will often try to pay you less than what you are owed. Having an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side can help ensure that you receive the compensation that is rightfully yours.

Do you understand when and where you will need to file important documents? When filing a personal injury lawsuit, it is important to meet critical deadlines such as Hawaii's statute of limitations.

The statute of limitations establishes the maximum amount of time an injured party has to file a legal claim against the responsible party for their injuries and losses. If you fail to file your lawsuit within the statute of limitations, you may be barred from recovering any compensation for your injuries.

An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you ensure that all deadlines are met and that your case is properly filed in the correct court. Do not try to go it alone, a skilled and experienced attorney can help you in ways you may not even be aware of.

Tips for Dealing With a Personal Injury

Personal injury claims can involve a range of different injuries, including auto accidents, defective products, and slip and fall accidents. While accidents can happen at any time, dealing with the legal and emotional ramifications of a personal injury claim can be a daunting challenge. Fortunately, there are some specific steps you can take if you’re the victim of a personal injury and are considering filing a lawsuit or claim. If you ever find yourself in this situation, here are the top ten things to remember:

  • Seek medical Attention: Your health comes first. Do not worry about filing a claim before properly addressing your injuries with a medical professional. Failing to do so can also reduce the amount of damages you might be able to recover.
  • File a police report: This will ensure that you’ll have records of all pertinent information, including names and contact information of all parties as well as key facts. The report will likely be used in court if there is a lawsuit.
  • Watch What You Say: While it’s important and necessary to communicate at the scene of an accident, use discretion. Do not discuss “fault” or offer extraneous information.
  • Keep records: Keep accurate records of all of your expenses related to the injury, including hospital and doctor bills, property damage costs, lost wages and insurance records. Make a written account of the injury while the facts and events are fresh in your memory.
  • Exercise caution with insurance companies: Insurance companies can often make the legal process much more complicated, yet dealing with them will likely be necessary in a personal injury lawsuit or claim. Be sure to protect your interests; consult a lawyer for any specific legal advice.
  • Don't sign it unless you understand it: Make sure you completely understand all of the terms of any form or document in relation to your injury. Don’t sign it if you’re not sure of how it will affect you long-term.
  • Do your homework: Familiarize yourself with the basics of personal injury lawsuits that have taken place in your area. Speak with a lawyer about the basic guidelines and important points to be aware of.
  • Don't go it alone: Avoid settling on your own if you aren’t clear about what you’re agreeing to. Seek help from a legal expert, especially if the other party hires a lawyer. Hiring your own legal professional can help you to avoid expensive mistakes and receive maximum benefits.
  • Stay abreast of filing deadlines: File your lawsuit or legal claim in a timely manner. There’s usually only a certain window of time following the accident to file called the “statute of limitations.” It can vary from state to state.
  • Hire a lawyer: Lastly, find an advocate to help you. Be aware of what type of attorney you’ll need to hire; not all personal injury lawyers are the same. Some handle general claims while others specialize in specific fields. Find the personal injury lawyer that will be most suitable for your situation and specific needs.
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