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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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Nov 25 2016

The Hawai’i Injured Workers Association (HIWA) sponsored a educational workshop on April 30th.


Guest speakers included; physiatrist Linda J. Rowan, M.D., who discussed medical issues that occur in work comp cases, attorney Douglas Moore, Esq., who did a fantastic job of discussing legal issues related to work comp cases and a special mahalo to former KITV anchorman, journalist, and injured worker, Dick Allgire.

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Nov 25 2016

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Dear Friends,

I know I haven't spoken to some of you for a long time and I am hoping you all are faring well.  Currently, the Department of Labor under Director Linda Takayama have been having meetings to review the workers compensation system. The vocational rehabilitation counselors who are with the International Association of Rehab Professionals have met with the director and a direct quote from her was "What value do you have?"  She has made it clear that they would like to do away with the VR services.

Over the last 1 year and a half the services have come under attack making our clients having to attend many unnecessary hearings even though we have had the services reinstated.  However, the DCD Working Group meetings are to create legislation to take to the legislators in January 2017.

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Jul 14 2015

The Hawai’i Injured Workers Association (HIWA) was recently honored with a $3,500.00 matching grant from the Hoosie Martin Foundation.  This grant will enable HIWA to gain the competitive skills to research, apply for, and secure education-related grants from private foundations and the government, both locally and nationally.

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    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
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    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • From whom can I obtain medical treatment? +

    You may obtain medical treatment from a physician of your choice. However, you may be Read More
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