25 August

Like most University of Hawaii football players, Kalepo Naotala had dreams of someday playing in the National Football League. The 19-year-old freshman defensive lineman from Virginia Beach, VA was considered a promising talent with a bright future. But on Saturday, July 1, Naotala’s life would change forever. During that day, he and a group of friends ventured to Waikiki, where they decided to go cliff diving off the iconic Kapahulu Groin, also known as Waikiki Falls. Naotola dove head first into the shallow water. His head would crash into the ocean floor. After a series of surgeries and treatment, the catastrophic spinal injury has left him without the use of his legs. He has regained the use of his arms and upper extremities.

Catastrophic Injuries Unique to Hawaii

As a football player, any given play can be your last. Although Kalepo Naotala knew he was playing a dangerous sport, little did he know is would suffer a spinal injury doing something completely different. While Hawaii is a state filled with wondrous natural beauty, it also has its share of dangers. The islands present a variety of dangers not found in most states. Among the most common catastrophic injuries in Hawaii include:

  • Surfing accidents: Visitors from all over the world come to the Aloha State to experience some of the best surf in the world. But even the most experienced surfer is not immune to catastrophic injuries.
  • Jellyfish Stings: Hawaii has some of most beautiful marine wildlife in the world. However, there are plenty of dangers. Jellyfish stings can be extremely painful and dangerous. The sea creatures have tentacles covered in nematocysts that are filled with poison.
  • Coral Cuts: Coral are sea life with hard outer skeleton with sharp edges. Any contact with your foot can be similar to stepping on a blade. Serious cuts can lead to deep wounds and even fatal infections.
  • Swimming and Diving Accidents: No trip to Hawaii is complete without experiencing the gorgeous water of the islands. Many visitors like to go diving from cliffs. But if you are not familiar with the depth of the water, it could prove to be a fatal decision.
  • Boating and Watercraft Collisions: Far too many people operate boats and watercraft without a license or experience. As a result, they may not know how to properly handle these vehicles. The use of alcohol while boating or the use of personal watercraft can also be a deadly combination.

Why You Need a Hawaii Catastrophic Injury Attorney

Not all personal injuries in Hawaii are the same. Catastrophic injuries require a lifetime of medical attention and treatment. These are injuries that are permanent for life. When a person suffers catastrophic injuries due to the negligence of others, it is vital to seek representation from an experienced and knowledgeable legal professional. Hawaii personal injury attorney Jed Kurzban understands the obstacles and challenges facing each client. He and his legal team utilize an aggressive and comprehensive approach to help place accident victims in the best position to succeed. Whether you have suffered paralysis from an accident or brain and heart trauma from a botched medical procedure, he and his legal team can help. To learn more, contact his law office today and schedule a consultation to discuss your case.

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Catastrophic Injury Attorney Hawaii

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