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Officially organized on November 4, 2004 as Hawaii Injured Workers Association when over 50 concerned citizens of the state met, drafted and approved a charter. The now Hawai'i Injured Workers Association (HIWA) was formed on the example of parallel organizations across the U.S. and Canada. Like its many sister organizations, HIWA was formed to give voice to the many people and groups who feel they and the injured workers they support are being abused and victimized by a growing political agenda that has lost concern and compassion for the real victims of industrial injury, the workers.

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HIWA 2017 Workshop

The Hawai’i Injured Workers Association (HIWA) recently sponsored their annual special educational workshop, held Saturday, June 24th. As with all our educational events for Hawaii's injured workers we would like to see as many people show up as possible, so we'd like to thank everyone that made the time to attend. Hopefully, they went away better informed on how to cope with and navigate Hawaii's broken, confusing and many times unjust Work Comp system. We'd also like to thank all those that worked tirelessly, generously donating their time to make this workshop a success; from marketing, to the hours of preparations, mahalo for your devotion.

Journey For Peace

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Delays, Denials Plague Hawaii’s Program To Help Injured Workers

The state is trying to streamline its workers’ compensation system, but critics say wholesale changes are needed.

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Bonnie Chan’s struggles with Hawaii’s workers’ compensation program began in 2012 when she was a recreational therapist at Hawaii State Hospital.

Chan was in the gym helping to set up a volleyball game when a spiked ball smacked her on the right side of the face, injuring her neck and jaw and giving her a concussion.

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Aug 06 2017

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The phrase “workplace injury” typically conjures a physical ailment—a back injury, a laceration, a respiratory illness—but there’s another, often overlooked consequence of on-the-job injuries that can affect both employees and a company’s bottom line: depression.

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Aug 01 2017

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Joel Ramirez climbs back into his wheelchair with the help of Francisco Guardado, a home health aide, at his home in Rialto, Calif. Ramirez was paralyzed from the waist down in 2009 when a 900-pound crate fell on him at a warehouse. Changes to California workers' compensation laws have impacted his quality of care.

Workers injured on the job are supposed to get guaranteed medical care and money to live on. Employers and their insurance companies pay for that. And in return, employers don't get sued for workplace accidents. But this "grand bargain," as it's called, in workers' compensation, seems to be unraveling. NPRand ProPublica report on the changes to workers' compensation laws and how that's putting more of the costs back onto the families and government.

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Read More On NPR's Workers' Comp Investigation

  • Injured Workers Suffer As 'Reforms' Limit Workers' Compensation Benefits +

    Dennis Whedbee, 52, lost half of his left arm in a drilling accident in North Read More
  • As Workers' Comp Varies From State To State, Workers Pay The Price +

    Jeremy Lewis lost his left arm during a work-related incident while working at Pilgrim's Pride Read More
  • Federal Regulators Link Workers' Comp Failures To Income Inequality +

    A few hours after ProPublica and NPR issued the first in a series of reports about workers' compensation "reforms" Read More
  • 'Grand Bargain' In Workers' Comp Unravels, Harming Injured Workers Further +

    Joel Ramirez climbs back into his wheelchair with the help of Francisco Guardado, a home Read More
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Work Comp FAQs

  • How do I file a Work Comp claim? +

    The Basics If you believe you were injured at work or suffer from an illness Read More
  • Workers' Compensation for Employees +

    WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR WC BENEFITS? Most employees who suffer from any injury or illness, Read More
  • What are my benefits? +

    What does workers' compensation pay for? Workers' compensation includes medical benefits; wage loss replacement benefits Read More
  • Know your rights! +

    Worker's Compensation, sometimes referred to as "Workman's Compensation" or "Worker's Comp", is the name given Read More
  • What should I do if injured at work? +

    If you are injured at work, immediately report the accident to your employer and seek Read More
  • Who is required to provide Work Comp coverage? +

    Any employer, other than those excluded below, having one or more employees, full-time or part-time, Read More
  • From whom can I obtain medical treatment? +

    You may obtain medical treatment from a physician of your choice. However, you may be Read More
  • What types of Worker Compensation is available in Hawaii for injured workers +

    Here's a list of the various types of Worker Compensation available to Hawaii's injured workers; TTD, Read More
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Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Hawaii Injured Workers Association whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

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