Late last year, Hawaii News Now reported that a woman injured by a falling coconut tree in Kuklo Beach Park filed a negligence suit against the city of Honolulu. The coconut tree crashed into the roof of a restroom and as a result, she suffered serious injuries including fractures to her spine and ribs. To stabilize her back, the surgeons inserted metal rods during emergency surgery.
The lawsuit maintains that the city was negligent in its care of the 76-year-old, 80-foot tall coconut tree. Further, the lawsuit maintains the tree was showing visible signs of decay and stress. The director of Hawaii city parks said that they inspect the park trees every 6 months. However, he made no comment on the state of this particular tree.
These types of lawsuits are known as premises liability suits. Simply put, a premises liability suit may be filed when a property owner, or in this case the city, knew or should have known about a dangerous condition and failed to remove the danger or to adequately warn any invitees.
At Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks our lawyers often represent clients in premises liability lawsuits. Our list of verdicts and settlements demonstrate the diversity and standard of injury cases that we handle on a regular basis.
If you or someone you know has been injured on public or private property in Hawaii, don’t hesitate to contact the law firm of Cronin, Fried, Sekiya, Kekina & Fairbanks for a free consultation.
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