Landowners Are Responsible for Dangerous Conditions

Hawaii law provides special protections for people who are injured by a dangerous condition on someone else’s property. This could include geographic or natural conditions that are commonly found in Hawaii, such as falling rocks or flooding. Also included are artificial conditions or defects on someone’s property, such as construction defects, slippery floors, or improper maintenance.

A landowner might be a person, an business, or a public entity such as the county, state and federal governments. In some situations, a landowner may be responsible even if the injury-causing condition was initiated from another’s property. In those situations, the landowner has a duty to warn of the known dangerous condition or to maintain the property to eliminate the dangerous condition.

Types of Claims

There are many types of claims that fall under the category of “premises liability.” These include, for example:

  • Slips and falls
  • Swimming pool injuries
  • Rock falls
  • Construction defects
  • Dog bites
  • Ocean injuries

Filing a Premises Liability Claim

If you are injured on someone else’s property, you should immediately consult an experienced attorney. In Hawaii, the general rule is that you must file a claim within two years of the date of the incident. An attorney will assist you with all legal requirements, as well as dealing with insurance companies that often quickly step in to represent the landowner.

Through your claim, you may seek compensation for your injuries, wage loss, and for your pain and suffering. Just as importantly, a legal claim should convince the landowner to correct the dangerous condition to prevent other people from being injured in the future.

Our Results

Large Confidential Settlement for Fatal Trip and Fall at Stan Sherriff Arena –
Dedicated fan and booster of University of Hawa”i athletics trips and falls down stairwell at sold out basketball game due to lack of lighting, improper construction of stairs, and negligence of workers in not taking any safety precautions for fans after discovering the hazard. Use of human factors expert and skillful questioning of witnesses and defendants by Galiher DeRobertis attorneys yield high settlement numbers.


The Galiher law firm works tirelessly to obtain the best results for its clients in every case. Through our many years of practice, however, we understand that every case is unique and any recovery is based on the particular facts of the case at hand. Prior results cannot guarantee the results in future cases.