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FLYING IS THE LEAST DANGEROUS PART OF AIR TRAVEL

Moving walkways, overhead luggage bins, security staff, cab rides ... 

Statistically, airplanes are safer than traveling by car, bus or train. But air travel does involve a number of potential injury hazards - from air turbulence and airport falls to taxi accidents and TSA screeners.

The recent case of the United Airlines passenger who was beaten and forcibly removed from a plane illustrates that the actual flight may be the least dangerous part of the journey. If you are injured during any phase of airline travel, a personal injury attorney can assess your possible legal claims and identify who may be liable.

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Medical malpractice "reform" on the front burner again

Legislation could stifle valid claims and limit patients' compensation.

We have written in the past about the myth of a medical malpractice crisis. Now the new Congress and incoming White House administration are talking again about "frivolous" lawsuits against doctors and the need for tort reform.

First of all, medical malpractice lawsuits are almost never frivolous. And complaints by some lawmakers about an avalanche of jury awards and skyrocketing rates for malpractice insurance are just fake news. Industry experts say there is no crisis - medical lawsuits and malpractice premiums have actually declined.

Victims of malpractice do not get rich. But doctors, medical centers and insurance companies do benefit financially from tort reform, by making it harder to sue or placing artificial caps on monetary damages.

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HAWAII CAR INSURANCE LAWS

Roughly a dozen states have no-fault insurance systems, Hawaii being one of them. Essentially, this means each driver will go through their own insurance provider to cover the cost of their injuries up to a certain set personal injury protection (PIP) limit, no matter who was at fault for the accident.

BE AWARE OF PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

Why does Hawaii have the highest fatality rate in the nation for auto/pedestrian accidents with 6.81 deaths per every 100,000 adults 65 and older? It is even worse for pedestrians 75 or older who have a fatality rate of 9.75 per 100,000. Read the article.

A BOGUS MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CRISIS, DECLARES THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT

A phony medical malpractice crisis was created in the State Legislature to increase insurance company profits, by enacting laws that created statutory caps on "non-economic damages" also referred to as "pain and suffering, inconvenience, physical impairment, mental anguish and loss of capacity for enjoyment of life." The Florida Supreme Court found that these limits violate the right to equal protection under the Florida constitution. The Court said the damage caps unfairly single out the victims of medical negligence by capping their damage recoveries. "This inherently discriminatory action and resulting invidious discrimination do not pass constitutional muster."

INJURIES WHILE HAVING FUN

Doris-Duke-estate-300x225.jpgDoris Duke's estate at Diamond Head is also known as "Shangri La." The official name is the Doris Duke Foundation Center for Islamic Art and Culture. Under any name it is a beautiful cultural and aesthetic contribution to Hawaii. In 1937, Ms. Duke built her home on the slopes of Diamond Head and made the water front a boat harbor for her and her friends' private boats and yachts.

PROVEN RECORD OF SUCCESS

A $443,939 court verdict was awarded in a Maui court after a nearly 3 week trial of our client who suffered a knee injury when the rental van seat was not properly attached to the floor.

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