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Compassionate Legal Aid for Wrongful Death in Hawaii

Losing a loved one is always devastating, but when you know that their death was preventable, it only makes the situation worse. The fact that an individual or a company's negligence leads to the death of someone you care about is not acceptable, and there is a very good chance that you have the option of pursuing a wrongful death case. While a successful legal case can never bring back your loved one, it can help ensure that the negligent party is held accountable and that you get some form of compensation for your loss.

How Davis Levin Livingston Can Support Your Case

Davis Levin Livingston has helped numerous clients pursue successful wrongful death claims in Honolulu and throughout Hawaii. We understand the emotional turmoil you are experiencing right now, and we want to do what we can to help. Let us guide you through the legal process and help you pursue legal action against those who are responsible for what happened.

Contact us online or call (808) 740-0633 for a free consultation with an experienced Hawaii wrongful death lawyer. 

Leading Causes of Wrongful Death in Honolulu

In our work as wrongful death attorneys, we have seen a number of common causes for deadly accidents. Some of these include:

In many of these situations, there is a business or an individual that has at least some responsibility for the death of the victim. When this is the case, it makes sense to pursue legal action. You can get much-needed financial help from a successful case and you can help discourage further negligent behavior from the party that is at fault.

Financial Recovery for Wrongful Death in Hawaii

When you pursue a wrongful death case, you are stating that the negligence of the responsible party caused significant hardship to you and your family. The state of Hawaii looks at both economic damages and non-economic damages in a wrongful death case.

  • Economic damages included things like funeral expenses, medical expenses, loss of benefits—like retirement—and loss of your loved one’s future earnings.
  • Non-economic damages may include things like pain and suffering, the mental anguish of the survivors, loss of companionship, loss of protection, and loss of advice from the victim. If you are the surviving spouse of the victim, you may be able to sue for loss of consortium.

In some cases, you may also be able to collect punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded to punish the responsible party if their negligence or recklessness was extremely egregious, such as in the case of a drunk driver.

Which damages apply to your situation will vary depending on your circumstances. Talking with an experienced wrongful death attorney is the best way to know what applies to you and how to go about convincing the courts of the validity of your claims.

Establishing Liability in Honolulu Wrongful Death Claims

To be successful in your pursuit of damages from the responsible party, you will need to prove fault. This is sometimes easier said than done, which is why a good attorney is so helpful in these situations.

Our firm has extensive experience in pursuing personal injury and wrongful death cases, so we know how to gather the appropriate evidence to prove fault. Using proven investigative techniques, witness testimony, and substantial legal experience, we will do everything possible to prove your case to the court.

Personalized Support During Your Time of Loss

Wrongful death cases are some of the most emotional legal cases we deal with. Families and spouses come to us after losing someone they care deeply about, who was then taken from them suddenly. They are often confused, angry, and understandably upset. The last thing they want to think about is legal issues or lawsuits.

It is our job as Hawaii wrongful death attorneys to provide a shoulder to lean on and legal guidance that removes some of the burden from our clients. When you hire our firm, we take over the details of your case so you have time to grieve and rebuild your life. We want to help you and will do everything we can to see that your case is successful.

If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of another, please contact Davis Levin Livingston in Honolulu now to discuss your situation. We offer a free initial consultation, so you can learn what your options are at no charge. Remember, we are here to help.

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.

  • $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.

  • $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.

  • $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.

  • $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.

  • $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.

Why Davis Levin Livingston?

  • Available by phone 24/7 & ready to help.
  • Secured tens of millions of dollars on behalf of our clients.
  • Highest malpractice judgment in U.S. history against a military hospital.
  • Includes an experienced medical team including a nursing staff to answer your questions.
  • Mark Davis and Mike Livingston have been recognized as some of the best lawyers in Hawaii.
  • Resources available to advance your expenses; no cost or fees unless Davis Levin Livingston wins your case.

Dedicated Legal Counsel You Can Count On

Helping Families throughout hawaii for over 40 years
  • "Professional, KIND, and understanding"
    They are most professional, KIND, and understanding. Thank you Matt Winter for all your help.
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  • "We wouldn't have chosen any other team!"
    Mathew Winter and the whole staff of Davis Levin Livingston guided us every step of the way and made sure we understood everything that was going on. They were always so welcoming and compassionate. Communication was never a problem and emails were answered super fast, especially when we had so many questions. They
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  • "The absolute best firm in Hawaii. Compassion and professionalism at its best!"
    Truly a wonderful experience with everyone at the firm. I can't thank you enough for helping provide closure for my family and me during this process. The absolute best firm in Hawaii. Compassion and professionalism at its best!
    - Daniel
  • "After doing extensive research I knew that Davis Levin Livingston was the firm for me due to the success they have had in cases like mine."
    After doing extensive research I knew that Davis Levin Livingston was the firm for me due to the success they have had in cases like mine. What surprised me was their personal touch. In the 3
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