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3 common ways tourists sustain serious injuries

Whether you travel frequently or have been planning the trip of a lifetime for a while, you want to get the most out of your vacation. Still, if you sustain a serious injury on vacation, your life may never be the same again. 

As you likely know, there are a few steps you should take to avoid falling ill when you are away from home. Unfortunately, though, the conduct of others may put your overall health in jeopardy. To help minimize the chances of having your Hawaiian vacation turn into a nightmare, consider the following three common ways tourists sustain serious injuries: 

Operators of skydiving plane did not have proper permits

Many Hawaiians and visitors to Hawaii are adventurous people. Hawaii offers many ways to enjoy the outdoors including surfing, climbing, hiking and aerial pursuits such as skydiving. Although skydiving has inherent risks, the owners of skydiving companies should be following state and federal regulations. After last month's tragic fatal accident, new revelations have emerged about an Oahu company.

Hawaii maritime workers should get legal help after accidents

An alluring attraction of Hawaii is the proximity to water. As an island, people want to visit the state to take part in water-based activities and go to the beach. For those who live and work in the state, many jobs require duties on the water. Although this too is an enjoyable part of living in the agreeable climate of Hawaii, it also carries with it certain risk. People who serve as maritime workers, crew members, are stationed on oil rigs, are fishermen, work in tourism and more can suffer injuries and even death if there is an accident. Understanding what to do after being hurt in these circumstances is essential to the future.

There is no doubt about the dangerous aspects to working on the water or on the docks. Longshoremen must navigate heavy equipment and trust other workers to be cautious and vigilant. Unfortunately, accidents can happen without warning. That can including being hit by a vehicle, having items fall from high above, losing limbs and suffering cuts and other damage. Fishermen must spend significant time out on the water using netting and grappling with sharp tools. This is also the foundation for injury. Working in tourism requires spending long days on the water and preparing for unexpected eventualities. This can lead to accidents and injuries.

Pedestrian accident kills woman as she crosses street

It is important for Hawaii residents to keep an eye on traffic when they are crossing the street. Even when they are following all the rules, walking in the crosswalk and being cautious, accidents can happen. Drivers who are distracted, are under the influence, are reckless or are simply failing to yield can crash into a pedestrian. Since pedestrians are so inherently vulnerable, there can be serious injuries and death in a pedestrian accident. With the litany of problems that come with injuries and fatalities after a pedestrian crash, having legal assistance is a must.

A woman who was crossing the street in the crosswalk was hit by a turning truck and seriously hurt. The 53-year-old was taken to the hospital trauma center. She was in critical condition when she arrived and later died. According to the investigation, the vehicle that hit her - a pickup truck - was making a left at the time of the crash. It was being driven by a 54-year-old man. He was not hurt in the accident. The driver is not believed to have been under the influence of alcohol or drugs, nor was he believed to have been speeding. He might face negligent homicide charges, but has not yet been arrested.

Tragic accident renews debate over skydiving flight safety

A tragic airplane crash in Hawaii has sparked calls for better safety regulations in the aviation industry. Eleven people were killed northwest of Honolulu when a twin engine turboprop plane taking passengers on a skydiving trip crashed shortly after takeoff. It was the worst civilian airplane accident since 2011.

According to news reports, the same plane had experienced a terrifying mid-flight malfunction a few years earlier.

What damages are available if I am injured in a car accident?

Victims of car accidents can suffer catastrophic injuries unexpectedly which is why they should be familiar with personal injury protections. Car accident victims may have questions they need answers to concerning the types of damages that are available through a personal injury claim.

Personal injury damages are intended to make the victim as whole as possible. They can help with a car accident victim's medical expenses, lost wages and the emotional trauma suffered in an unexpected car accident. In addition to damages for pain and suffering, a variety of physical and financial damages may be available depending on the circumstances. It is important for car accident victims to know that they may be able to pursue a claim for damages against the negligent driver responsible for their accident.

What evidence will help your car accident claim?

Hawaii is a scenic state, but you do not want the lush greenery to distract you while driving. Serious injuries can result from car crashes, as evident from a recent incident that saw one man go to the hospital in critical condition. 

After a car crash, you need to start thinking about how you will recover, both medically and financially. You may know for a fact that the other driver holds all the liability, but you need to prove that to your insurance agency. You may even need to prove it to a judge if you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit. Here are vital pieces of evidence you need to collect at the scene to help your claim. 

What is the Jones Act?

In basic terms, the Jones Act provides protections for workers injured at sea because they do not enjoy workers' compensation protections like other workers who are injured on-the-job. The Jones Act allows injured seaman to bring a claim against their employer when they have been injured while working at sea.

Jones Act protections apply to masters, captains, officers and crew members who spend at least 30 percent of their work time on a vessel in navigation. The definition of a vessel in navigation is a vessel that is afloat, operational or capable of moving on navigable waters. Employers of workers at sea are required to provide a reasonably safe workplace and, if they fail to do so, they may be liable for the damages an injured worker suffers.

Wrongful death damages for surviving family members

Wrongful death legal resources are critical for surviving family members coping with the unexpected loss of a loved one. When a loved one has been unexpectedly killed in a car or other accident because of the negligence of another party, the negligent party may be liable to compensate the victim's family for the harm they have suffered.

Wrongful death legal protections are available to help surviving family members with the damages they have suffered and get them the help they need. A wrongful death claim for damages is brought on behalf of the lost loved one's estate for the benefit of the surviving family members. Compensation for the financial and emotional damages surviving family members have suffered may be available.

Many people die each year because of medical error

One unfortunate fact of life in Hawaii is that the human body is not perfect. People are injured and become ill from time to time. In many situations these injuries and illnesses will heal on their own and not require professional medical treatment. Sometimes illnesses can be much more serious though and medical treatment is required to ensure that people recover from their health issues. However, as people are aware, no one lives forever either and sometimes the illnesses and injuries will ultimately lead to death.

In many situations people die and there is nothing that doctors or other medical professionals can do to stop that from happening. Doctors do make mistakes every once in a while and other mistakes can happen during the treatment process. A study found that in fact 250,000 people die each year in the U.S. due to medical error. This makes medical error as the third leading cause of death behind heart disease and cancer. Medical error does not necessarily mean that there is a medical malpractice claim in each case.

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