Bickerton Law Group LLLP - Honolulu AttorneysHonololu Attorneys Obtaining Justice and Compensation for Injured Clients
Bickerton Law Group is one of Honolulu's premier litigation law firms. Widely respected in Hawaii's legal community, Bickerton Law Group is known for its tenacity, innovation, and practicality in helping accident victims, injured consumers, and public figures navigate the legal system. Since 1989, our Honolulu litigation attorneys have successfully represented clients on matters ranging from wrongful death and substantial personal injury, to class actions, unfair competition, and public interest advocacy, to professional liability and medical malpractice, to protecting Hawaii's land, people, and open government.Personal Injury
If you have been hurt in an accident, you may be able to bring a personal injury claim against any person or entity that was at fault. The Bickerton Law Group represents individuals who are seeking compensation for physical, mental, and emotional damage caused by the negligence of another.
Typically, an injured victim must show that that they would not have been injured if the defendant had used the appropriate level of care under the circumstances. For example, if a driver speeds through a red light and strikes a car in the intersection that had the right of way, people in the other car might suffer brain trauma, spinal cord damage, and other serious injuries. They likely could prove that the driver who ran the red light did not use the appropriate care, since a reasonable driver would have obeyed the traffic signal.
At Bickerton Law Group, we have the experience and passion to fight for justice and hold those individuals and corporations accountable for putting you and your loved ones at an unreasonable risk of harm. We represent litigants in a wide variety of personal injury lawsuits, including:
- Car Accidents
- Auto Repair Negligence
- Dog Bites
- Sports Injuries
- Slip and Fall Cases
- Premises Liability
- Medical Malpractice
- Assault, Battery, and Intentional Torts
- Workplace Accidents
- Wrongful Death
- Product Liability
- Automotive, Aviation, and Boating Injuries
- Drug Defects
- Food Poisoning
Damages available in personal injury cases can cover medical bills, lost income and earning capacity, and other forms of economic losses. They also can account for the emotional pain and suffering that the victim endured. Common injuries associated with personal injury lawsuits include:
- Broken Bones
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neck and Back Pain
- Brain Injury
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Birth Complications
At Bickerton Law Group, we understand how to investigate these cases and build evidence to show a defendant’s liability. Our attorneys are committed to fighting for the rights of victims against insurers and other large companies.
If you or a loved one has been injured through no fault of your own, you can reach us online or at 808-599-3811 to set up an appointment and find out more about what our firm can do for you.Product Liability
Every day, unsafe products can and do cause serious and catastrophic injuries and death. A manufacturer has a duty to research, engineer, produce, and sell their products in a manner that makes their products safe for their intended use and in a manner that poses no unreasonably dangerous threat of harm to the consumer. When flawed items are released into the market, manufacturers should be held accountable.
Product defect falls into three main categories:
- Defective design – A design flaw means that there a problem with the blueprint of the product that makes it unreasonably unsafe. A product may have been designed in a manner that makes the product unsafe for its intended use, for example a children’s toy with small component parts that can be a choking hazard, or a car with airbags that fail to deploy in a serious collision. Other times, product manufacturers have the ability to choose between different available materials or technologies, and the failure to make the safest choice can lead to devastating losses.
- Manufacturing defect - A one-time error that affected a specific product or a specific group of products. For example, home appliances put together in an assembly line production with a missing screw or a missing safety mechanism can cause electrocution, fire hazard, or explosion.
- Failure to warn - A failure to warn, also known as a marketing defect, means that the product lacked instructions or warnings that were needed to make it safe for use. A chair that collapses because no weight limit was conspicuously printed for users to see, or a carbon monoxide or fire detector which fails to instruct users to follow appropriate testing practices, can lead to serious danger.
At the Bickerton Law Group, we fight to maintain and increase safety standards for the community. If you have been injured as a result of automotive defects, consumer product defects, or defective medical products, please call us today for a free case evaluation.
If you have been injured in an automobile either because of driver negligence or system failures with the car itself, we may be able to help. Although car manufacturers tout the safety aspects of their cars, injury can occur because of cheap materials, the failure to implement the safest technology, and poor design. The attorneys at Bickerton Law Group have the experience and know-how to determine whether your injury has resulted from an automotive product flaw.
Driver Assistance Technology
Crash Avoidance Technology (CAT) or Driver Assistance Technology (DAT), the “smart” systems in cars, are now becoming widely implemented. These technologies include collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and rearview cameras, to name a few. The failure of an auto manufacturer to use available safety technology, or designing a vehicle with substandard technology that fails to perform as expected, can cause catastrophic injury.
Tread separation and tire blowouts can occur as a result of dangerous design or mistakes in the manufacturing process.
Rollovers and Crashworthiness
Auto manufacturers have a responsibility to design and manufacturer their cars to keep occupants safe from foreseeable dangers. When a vehicle rollover or crash occurs, occupants can be crushed as a result of poor design and cheap materials.
Seat Belt Failures
Seat belt systems can fail as a result of a number of errors in the design and manufacture process. Defective webbing material, retractor failures, and excessive spooling are a few of the most common injury-causing defects.
Exploding airbags have been in the news recently, but other design and manufacture problems exist. For example, if an airbag deploy unexpectedly and causes a driver to lose control of his or her vehicle, serious and catastrophic injury may result. On the other hand, if a collision occurs and the airbag fails to deploy or deploys in a manner that increases injury to the driver or passengers, then there may have been a flaw in the design or manufacturing process.
Defective Child Seats and Infant Carriers
Child safety is our number one priority. Child protective equipment may be recalled for safety reasons but without notice to you, meaning that your loved ones could be at risk. When a product manufacturer decides to use cheap materials in order to increase profits, or fails to perform the proper testing on a product that could have made injury foreseeable, we are there to fight for you.
Defective products injure unsuspecting consumers in a broad range of situations each day as a result of cheap materials and poorly designed component parts. Serious injury can occur from improper labeling, substandard protocols in testing procedures, and untimely recalls. Choking hazards, burn hazards, and battery explosions are but a few of the common harm mechanisms.
Dangerously designed medical equipment and appliances, such as prosthetic devices, surgical implants, hospital supplies, and diagnostic equipment, can fail or fail to operate as expected, leading to severe and catastrophic injuries.
Product liability claims tend to be more complex than ordinary personal injury claims. This makes it especially critical to retain an attorney to advocate on your behalf. The attorneys at Bickerton Law Group have the knowledge and experience to fight on your behalf to hold those accountable to the community safety standards we rely on.
If you or a loved one has been injured from the use of a product, you can reach us online or at 808-599-3811 to set up an appointment and find out more about what our firm can do for you.Wrongful Death
Sometimes a serious car crash, a slip and fall, or another major accident results in the death of a victim. When this happens, their family can retain a Honolulu litigation attorney to bring a claim under the Hawaii wrongful death statute. These claims are somewhat similar to personal injury claims in the elements that they require. The spouse of the victim, their children, their parents, or the representative of their estate can bring the claim, as well as anyone else who depended financially on the victim at the time of their death. Damages can account for funeral and burial expenses and the costs of treatment before death, as well as the losses suffered by family members based on their relationship with the victim.Consumer Class Actions
The desire to gain a competitive advantage can induce businesses to go too far and engage in unfair practices. They may use false advertising, add hidden fees, or refuse to pay employees overtime and other wages as required. At Bickerton Law Group, we can help consumers and employees take action against businesses that have taken advantage of or otherwise mistreated them. We have obtained millions of dollars for our clients in cases involving several different industries. Our Honolulu class action lawyers have won substantial verdicts and settlements against banks, hotels, auto dealers, construction companies, among other defendants. We also represent businesses that need to sue their competitors for unfair methods of competition that have harmed or destroyed their business.Medical Malpractice
An egregious error by a doctor, nurse, hospital, or other health care provider can lead to consequences that change a patient’s life forever. Some of the most common types of medical malpractice include a misdiagnosis, a delayed diagnosis, a surgical error, an anesthesia error, or an error in conducting a test. A victim can hold a health care provider accountable for their negligence by bringing a medical malpractice claim. This involves showing that the health care provider did not adhere to the appropriate practices of a competent health care provider in their area of the profession, and the patient was harmed as a result. The victim likely will need to retain a medical professional to testify as an expert witness. Our litigation attorneys can help Honolulu residents and people elsewhere in Hawaii retain expert witnesses and build these complex cases.Real Estate Litigation
Disputes over property are often complex and benefit from the guidance of a sophisticated attorney. At Bickerton Law Group, we use cutting-edge software that allows us to handle cases efficiently and give clients access to the status of their case online. Our team incorporates former executives and software programmers who understand the nature of our clients’ industries. Real estate litigation can arise from issues related to purchase and sale agreements when one side does not meet the terms of the contract. It also can involve disputes with cities or other government entities regarding zoning and land use. In other cases, a property owner will need to sue a contractor because of problems with the construction process.Trust Litigation
Sometimes a conflict arises from the terms of a trust. A fiduciary of a trust has a high level of duty to its beneficiaries. We can help a beneficiary bring a claim against a fiduciary based on a breach of fiduciary duty, and we can also defend fiduciaries against these claims. Meanwhile, a family member who feels that they should have been included as a beneficiary of a trust may try to contest the validity of the trust. These claims tend to be highly technical, so consulting an attorney is a wise precaution to take, regardless of whether you are the plaintiff or the defendant.Contact a Knowledgeable Litigation Lawyer in the Honolulu Area
At Bickerton Law Group, we are ready to protect your interests in a wide range of disputes. When the stakes are high, you should not try to resolve a legal matter on your own. Get an experienced, knowledgeable advocate in your corner instead. We offer a free consultation and handle many of our cases on a contingency fee basis, which means that we do not get paid unless we recover damages for you. You can reach us online or at 808-599-3811 to set up an appointment and find out more about what our firm can do for you.