SKILLED LEGAL REPRESENTATION FOR VICTIMS OF RECREATIONAL ACTIVITY ACCIDENTS
We all know that Hawaii is a great place for outdoor activities. The beautiful weather and easy access to both the mountains and ocean provide a perfect setting for locals and visitors alike to enjoy an array of activities. A quick search on Google, Tripadvisor, or Yelp will instantly return hundreds of businesses offering tours and activities. Many of these businesses have great reviews and are highly rated.
RECOVERING DAMAGES FROM NEGLIGENT TOUR AND ACTIVITY OPERATORS
Unfortunately, many tour and activity operators have not implemented adequate safety measures to protect participants. Oftentimes employees have not been trained properly and equipment has not been properly maintained. In Hawaii, there are many activities that present a risk of injury to participants, including:
- Boating and sailing
- Jet Skiing
- Scuba diving
- Cliff jumping
- Horseback riding
- Guided tours
- ATV and off-road activities
- Activities involving animals or wildlife
When you have been injured while participating in a tour or activity, you may have the right to pursue compensation. At Tateishi & Tanaka, we have more than 40 years of experience representing those injured in recreational activity accidents. We will evaluate the circumstances of your accident to determine if the negligent conduct of an individual or business is responsible for your injuries.
COMMON CAUSES OF RECREATIONAL INJURY
In our experience, many recreational injuries occur due to:
- Defective equipment
- Improper maintenance
- Lack of safety procedures
- Inadequate employee training
- Failure to follow safety procedures
- Reckless operation of a vehicle or vessel, including speeding
- Failure to maintain grounds/course
- Operating in adverse weather conditions
It is not uncommon for tour and activity operators to blame participants for their own injuries. Oftentimes accident reports generated by employees and management will paint a picture that does not accurately reflect what happened. This is done to protect the business from liability. At Tateishi & Tanaka, our attorneys will dig deep into the inner-workings of a tour and activity operator. We will determine if the conduct of owners and operators contributed to your accident and injuries.
WHAT IF I SIGNED A WAIVER PRIOR TO PARTICIPATION?
Nearly all recreational activities require participants to sign a waiver prior to participation. Tour and activity operators do this to protect themselves from liability when participants are injured.
Signing a waiver does not automatically bar an injured participant from asserting an injury claim against the tour and activity operator. Waivers only protect the operator from liability against fully disclosed “inherent risks” associated with the recreational activity. Further, tour and activity operators must ensure that participants are physically able to participate and given necessary instruction. If an operator did not fully disclose risks or their conduct rises to the level of negligence, the waiver is not valid.
At Tateishi & Tanaka, we will obtain your signed waiver and thoroughly review its contents and provisions to determine the extent of its validity.
Contact our experienced, local Hawaii personal injury attorneys today
Schedule your free consultation with a local attorney specializing in recreational activity accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured while participating in a tour or activity, the experienced attorneys at Tateishi & Tanaka will fight to recover compensation for your injuries. Contact us online or call (808) 244-3933 today for a free initial consultation.