Kaopuiki v. Kealoha - punitive damages and drunk driving
Personal Injury News Items
The lead case on the recovery of punitive damages for drunk driving in Hawaii is the case of Kaopuiki v. Kealoha, 104 Hawai'i 241, 87 P.3d 910 (Hawai'i App. 2003). In that case a drunk driver died in the head-on car crash which he caused by crossing the center line - an accident which also injured others. In that case the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals recognized a new purpose for the recovery of punitive damages - "facilitating the recovery of a plaintiff's attorneys fees". On this basis the Hawaii court found that punitive damages could be recovered not only against a drunk driver but even against a deceased drunk driver's estate.
Moving a flagpole near live electrical wires can be very dangerous. A Grayson County, Texas jury has awarded more than $15.6 million to the families of 3 victims of an accident that occurred while they were moving a flagpole in May 2017. The electrocution killed 1 and injured 2. The property manager of the apartment complex where the flagpole was located was found to be negligent for placing the flag pole too close to overhead power lines. See, An award of $15.6 million for 3 victims of electrocution.
Awards and Honors
Martindale Hubbell - AV rated lawyer - Best Rating Possible
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
AVVO Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney, 10 of 10
ATLA Top 100
Lawyers.com - Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 - Top Rating Possible
National Trial Lawyers - Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
American Society of Legal Advocates - Top 100 - 2017
Marquis' Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law
AVVO Clients' Choice Personal Injury Lawyer
Expertise - Best Car Accident Lawyers in Honolulu 2019
Best Attorneys in America - Life Charter Member
Click on a box below to choose one of our 4 menus:
There is NO CHARGE for sending your case information to our law firm.
The information provided on this website is preliminary
and informational ONLY. It is not legal advice. The use of our
webpages does not establish an attorney-client
relationship. This website is copyright
1999-2020 and the contents of this website are the property of
Personal Injury Attorney William H Lawson. The Terms and Conditions of Use for this website and
here for your consideration. All rights reserved.