My Family’s story may be like many other injured workers in Hawaii, spouse gets hurt at work, insurance company sends her to a so-called Independent medical evaluation, the IME gives her a low ball disability rating, department of labor awards medical care, insurance company slams us with treatment plan denials, our life ends up revolving around dealing with the department of labor, who seems to be only concerned about protecting the insurance industry. A story we have all heard many times.

 What has become clear with the support and aid of the Department of labor Disability Compensation Division, the work comp insurance industry uses two administrative rules as loopholes to deny injured workers the majority of rights under the law, one related to the American Medical Association Guides to Impairment, the other related to treatment plan denials.

The question is what can we do about it? The answer may be there is strength in numbers!

Had problems with lowball IME’s?
Subjected to multiple Treatment Plan Denials?
Feel you have been treated unfairly by the Department of Labor?
Ended up on social security because of your work injury?
Which work comp insurance company have you been dealing with?

Please email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it."  I am not an attorney, just someone who is trying to put the work comp system working back in favor of injured workers, as it was created and intended to be. Please make your story short, and directly related to the questions above. Together we can make a difference!



DISCLAIMER: This article is intended to provide guidance on some of the legal entitlements under the WC process (by no means exhaustive) and should not be used as legal advice on the handling of a workers compensation claim.  Contact the State of Hawai’i, Department of Labor and Industrial Relations, Disability Compensation Division, or the Labor and Industrial Appeals Board, or the union, or retain an attorney for legal advice, as appropriate, because each claim is different.  This website is intended for educational and informational purposes only.  We expressly disclaim any responsibility for actions taken or not taken based on information on this website.  The information is provided “as is” without warranties of any kind, either express or implied.  The content is general and may not reflect current developments and is subject to change without notice.

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