The time between the accident that caused your serious injuries and the time you attempt to file a Hawaii personal injury claim is critical in regards to the Hawaii statute of limitations. These statutes provide deadlines for filing a claim after experiencing injury in various types of accidents. If you exceed these deadlines, your case will be dismissed.
The following time limits are imposed by the Hawaii statute of limitations for filing a Hawaii personal injury claim.
- Standard claims (car accident, slip & fall, etc) – 2 years from date of accident;
- Medical malpractice – 2 years from time when you discovered the malpractice error and injuries sustained;
- Against a government entity – up to 2 years (or longer) from date of accident depending on the circumstances of the case.
Claims against a government entity include when you are injured on city, county or state maintained property. They also include if you were injured as the result of the negligence of a government employee, such as being hurt in a car accident caused by a city vehicle. State cases involving a minor or incompetent person may extend longer than 2 years.
You may feel you have plenty of time to file a Hawaii personal injury claim since the Hawaii statute of limitations gives you a 2-year window, but you should not delay! The longer you wait on filing a claim, the harder it will be to obtain evidence to support your case. You may also raise suspicions concerning the seriousness of your injuries if you wait until the last minute to file a claim.
Visit our article library to learn more about the Hawaii statute of limitations and how they impact the filing of your Hawaii personal injury claim. It is always best to discuss your claim with a Hawaii personal injury attorney if you are unsure about the deadlines in your own claim.
After a serious accident in Hawaii you should be able to spend your time focusing on your recovery; not dealing with insurance adjustors, never-ending paperwork and complicated legalese. Hawaii attorneys Davis Levin Livingston will fight for your rights while you focus on healing. Serving accident victims on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, Kauai and beyond. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – 866-806-4349.