Friday, July 11, 2014

Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Hawaii

Sometimes the negligence of another person can cause the death of a loved one.  This terrible circumstance often brings large medical bills and costs related the death.  Family members are left in the difficult situation of coping with the loss of a loved one and also with paying related costs. 

A wrongful death lawsuit can often be brought by certain family members against the person responsible for the death.  Hawaii law provides for a civil lawsuit to recover the loss you may have experienced from the death of your loved one.  You may be able to recover for medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of income, loss of companionship and pain and suffering the deceased person suffered before dying. 

Every situation is different and the amount recoverable depends on many factors.  Also remember that there is usually a two year time limit within which to file a personal injury wrongful death lawsuit in Hawaii.  Talk to a personal injury lawyer today to evaluate your case. 

Hawaii Revised Statute §663-3 is the statute that allows wrongful death lawsuits. HRS 663-3

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

NFL Brain Injury Settlement

The National Football League has settled a lawsuit filed by thousands of former football players.  A federal judge has approved the settlement which has no limit on the amount of money available to pay retired players with potential neuro-cognitive diseases. 

The settlement is extraordinary as it provides neurological exams and monetary settlements for diagnoses of a number of different chronic brain disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and early dementia.  The original lawsuit was filed by approximately 5,000 players but all former players are eligible and will have two years to register for the settlement. 

The original settlement amount of $870 million was deemed was deemed to be too small to cover the high medical costs for serious concussions and brain injuries suffered by many football players.  Despite the potentially large payout, some players have said that the settlement will still not completely compensate past players for their injuries. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Funding Green Energy in Hawaii

The State of Hawaii recently awarded a contract to develop and manage a finance program for alternative energy projects.  A company called Renewable Funding based in California will provide initial funding for both residences and businesses in Hawaii using low-cost bonds.  The loans will be paid through savings on electric bills. This innovative approach to funding solar projects will bring a large number of projects to fruition that would not have happened otherwise.  For more information click on this link.  Renewable Funding