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Determining fault after a birth injury

Sometimes birth injuries happen naturally, due to genetic reasons or situations out of your medical provider's control. In other cases, birth injuries occur as the direct result of avoidable negligence.

If your baby was born with a serious birth injury, it's important to investigate the reason why. If a medical provider, doctor, hospital or company was at fault for your baby's injuries, you might be able to pursue financial compensation in court.

Dos & don’ts of choosing a safe water sports operator: Part 1

Part of vacationing in Hawaii involves spending time on the water. Whether you are planning to do some deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, water skiing, or taking a kayaking tour around the island, it is important to choose a tour operator you can trust. How can you tell if a water sports tour company is safe? Fortunately, there are several things you can do to pre-check a tour operator before booking.

Before you find yourself left behind on a scuba diving tour, follow the tips below to ensure you are booking a tour operator that is trustworthy. Choosing the right water sports company can be the difference between an unforgettable vacation and tragedy.

Dos & don’ts of choosing a safe water sports operator: Part 2

As mentioned in Part 1 of this series, it is important to choose a qualified tour operator when you are going to engage in potentially dangerous recreational activities while you are on vacation. Taking a trip to Hawaii offers a multitude of options for hiking, diving, surfing and other adventures. While these types of activities always come with a measure or risk, the right tour operator can mitigate the dangers so that you can feel confident about your safety.

While it is possible that any tour company may fail in its duty and cause a client to suffer an injury due to operator negligence, you can greatly reduce the chance of such an occurrence by doing your research when you are ready to choose a water recreation tour company. Read below for additional tips to help you book with the right company.

These 3 tips can keep you safe on the sea

When you take a boat out for the afternoon, you expect to have a fun time without any threat of real danger. Unfortunately, there are many hazards on the open water, and if a boat isn't maintained well or you don't take precautions, you could fall victim to them.

What can you do to stay safe when you're taking a boat out for the day? Here are several tips that can help you prepare for heading out, whether you're on your own or traveling with friends and family.

Did you sustain serious injuries while vacationing in Hawaii?

For most people, Hawaii is a magical place, a vacation that they aspire to take some day. They imagine a beautiful, tropical paradise, full of wonder and awe-inspiring seascapes. While this is true in part, Hawaii can also be a dangerous place to visit for some. Hotels and resorts can experience maintenance issues, such as loose balcony railings or wet floors. Tours can turn ugly if there's a motor vehicle accident. There's even the risk of broken bones, paralysis or death on beaches with large waves. While good decision making can reduce these risks, the potential for serious injuries remains.

It could have been a maintenance issue with your hotel, a mistake by a tour guide or even a slippery floor after a sudden rain storm. The hotel, store, restaurant or tour company likely could have prevented your accident with better upkeep and a more proactive approach to premises liability.

Injured in Hawaii? You’ll probably settle out of court

When people suffer injuries, they have a number of options for pursuing fair compensation and the medical costs that pile up during treatment and recovery. Many people imagine the process as something very official playing out in a large courtroom, possibly because of the mountain of television shows, movies and books about lawyers winning decisive victories for their clients in court.

However, in Hawaii, the vast majority of personal injury cases resolve outside of the court. Often, settling a personal injury case outside of court is the best way, but ensuring an equitable resolution for the injured party requires an attorney with years of experience pursuing fair compensation in Hawaii's legal system.

Car accident injuries are not always obvious at first

Even out here in beautiful Hawaii, car accidents happen all the time. For many tourists, a car accident is a jarring interruption to their time away from home, but they move on with their vacation and assume that no major injuries occurred.

However, many types of injuries occur in car accidents that may not cause the victim to feel pain immediately — in fact, some injuries don't cause pain for days or even weeks after the accident.

Was my baby's shoulder dystocia preventable

You spent nine months waiting for your baby to be born. Come delivery day, it didn't go as you expected. During birth, your baby struggled to come out and one of her shoulders got stuck.

The obstetrician and delivery room team scrambled to give your baby the extra assistance she needed to be born, but during the process, she got seriously hurt and suffered a shoulder dystocia birth injury as a result.

Hawaii car accidents: Young girl dies after being hit by SUV

Parking lots often contain a mixture of vehicles and pedestrians -- especially when the lot is located outside an apartment complex, which may involve young children playing nearby. Many drivers pay close attention when driving through similar areas, hoping to avoid pedestrian-related car accidents. Unfortunately, a 3-year-old girl has died after she was recently hit by a sports utility vehicle in a Hawaii parking lot.

Hawaii car accidents: Retired firefighter killed on Oahu

Many individuals find it difficult to respond to a vehicle that crosses into oncoming traffic. Similar car accidents are often severe and have the potential to cause serious injury to anyone involved, or worse. A recent collision in Hawaii left two people hospitalized and killed another after a van crossed into oncoming traffic.