Huntington Beach, CA asked in Personal Injury for California

Q: Live in California and was injured in Hawaii on vacation.

Can I sue a large chain store in California or must action be filed in Hawaii?

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Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
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  • Palm Desert, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: more info needed.

of course, Hawaii would be the first choice but arguing using a long arm statute if the company/defendant did business in your state or even advertised in your state you could try filing in your state or in fed court under a diversity of jurisdiction.

I would expect the defense to argue against filing outside of Hawaii.............

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Randall R. Walton
Randall R. Walton
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  • San Marcos, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Your best bet would be to talk to a personal injury lawyer on the island where you suffered the injury. In cases like this, I think hiring local counsel is usually the best way to go. Good luck.

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Theodore Allan Greene
Theodore Allan Greene
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  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: talking to a local personal injury attorney would most likely be your best option.

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William John Light
William John Light
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  • Riverside, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: You might be able to file it in CA, but it will be a huge fight and there is no reason to have that fight. Get a Hawaiian attorney.

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Steven M. Sweat
Steven M. Sweat
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  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: The proper venue is usually where the accident and injury took place.

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