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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.

Stay safe on your morning jog

Jogging is a wonderful way to stay in shape and explore everything Honolulu has to offer. After all, jogging has a variety of health and other benefits. Still, you must be careful to avoid a collision with an automobile whilst on your morning run. 

As you probably know, motor vehicles weigh considerably more than you do. In fact, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the average passenger vehicle on the road today weighs around 4,000 pounds. While you may receive compensation from a motorist who injures you, you are better off avoiding an accident altogether. Here are some safety tips: 

What is Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act?

People in Hawaii have many different jobs in order to earn a living and support themselves and families. Many people do work on the land but, as Hawaii is surrounded by water, there are many job opportunities on and around the water. These jobs vary as well. Some people work for various tourist cruises and other recreational activities. Others work in the shipping industry either working on the ships or on the shore servicing the boats in various capacities.

While all these jobs vary in responsibilities, one thing that all maritime workers have in common is that they need to be healthy in order to do their jobs. However, these jobs can unfortunately be dangerous at times and people do suffer injuries while on the job in maritime accidents. The injuries can be costly both physically and financially especially if the worker requires extensive medical treatment and misses long periods of time at work while they recover from the injuries.

Three people are killed in fatal helicopter accident

Hawaii is very beautiful place, which is why many tourists come to the islands each year. There is a lot to offer the tourists as they take their vacations. Many of the activities involve being on or around the water, but there is much more to see than that. Also, there are tourist attractions in many locations on the islands and in order to see all that people want to see they will need to fly to various locations. This could involve flying in planes, but people also take helicopter rides as well.

This is what two tourists were doing when tragically the helicopter crashed in a residential neighborhood. The helicopter had two passengers and the pilot on board when it crashed, killing all three people. The wreckage from the crash was found for blocks through the neighborhood. The cause of the accident is unknown at this time and the investigation could last a very long time, but witnesses say they saw the helicopter nose down and none of the rotor blades were turning before it crashed to the street.

Compensation after accidents with an uninsured driver

Under Hawaii law, drivers must have insurance for their vehicles. This is to ensure that if a driver causes an accident, the victim will be compensated for the injuries and damage they cause. However, just like other driving laws, drivers in Hawaii also often break this law. This can leave innocent drivers in a difficult position if an uninsured driver causes an accident.

After a car accident, a victim can be left with significant injuries and the resulting medical bills and other damages. Often, uninsured drivers do not have enough money to pay for all of these damages by themselves.

Common causes of motorcycle accidents

People in Hawaii use different modes of transportation to get where they need to go. People drive cars, trucks, ride motorcycles, ride bicycles and sometimes simply walk to where they are going. Which type of transportation people decide to use usually depends on a number of factors such as how far the person is going, how much time they have to get there, the weather and other factors. No matter what people decide to use though it is important that they follow the rules of the road in order to help keep themselves and others on the roads safe.

All of these various modes of transportation present dangers that are not present in others. For example, motorcycle accidents can be more dangerous for the riders than for the people driving trucks. This is because motorcycles offer very little protection to the rider compared to cars or trucks. Very little keeps riders from hitting the pavement or other objects after being thrown off the motorcycle in an accident. Also, due to the size difference between motorcycles and cars, the accident does not need to be as violent to cause these injuries.

Compensation for pain and suffering for medical malpractice

Before a person can be licensed as a doctor in Hawaii, they must complete extensive education and training. This is because they have a very important and very complicated job. They are in charge of identifying and providing the proper care for the very large number and types of injuries and illnesses that people may suffer. So, when people go to doctors when they are hurt or sick, they expect that the doctors will do everything within their control to help them heal.

However, doctors are humans just like everyone else and from time to time they make mistakes. Unfortunately though, their mistakes can have very serious consequences for the patients they are treating. The patient can actually end up with more serious problems than when they first went in. If this occurs the patient may be entitled to compensation to treat the new problems through a medical malpractice lawsuit. This compensation can pay for additional medical bills and other damages such as pain and suffering.

Beware: A swimming accident can paralyze you

If you plan to come to Hawaii this summer to luxuriate in our sun and surf, remember that water can be as dangerous as it is beautiful and refreshing. A swimming accident, whether occurring in a pool or in the ocean, could paralyze you for life

Admittedly, you likely do not think much about safety while you frolic on the beach or at the pool, but you should make every effort to refrain from taking unnecessary chances. This is especially true whenever you dive into water. The National Spinal Cord Injury Statistical Center reports that for men, diving represents the fourth leading cause of spinal cord injury. For women, the number is only slightly lower, representing the fifth leading cause of spinal cord injury.

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