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.
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:
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.