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.
The Hawaii Injured Workers Association (HIWA) respectfully supports the passage of this legislation to add much needed Disability Compensation Division (DCD) hearing officers with appropriate medical and legal training. Injured workers tell HIWA about the lengthy harmful delays in getting DCD hearings to resolve disputes causing many injured workers to go without appropriate medical treatment or very needed wage loss often for long periods of time. These lengthy delays cause great hardship to the injured workers and their families. Hearing officers need to be appropriately educated & trained in medical and legal issues, as these are issues they will be reviewing, analyzing & deciding. We know there are medical and legal experts, including members of the Hawaii Medical Association and members of the Hawaii State Bar Association, who can provide such education & training and are willing to do so. Therefore, please pass this legislation which will benefit injured workers and their families, as well as employers & insurance carriers who request hearing to resolve disputed issues.
Mahalo for your support & passage.
Douglas Moore, HIWA President
This letter was witten by Attorney Wayne Mukaida to Senator Ige, Chairman of theWays & Means committee. It is his committee that is holding two very important peices of legislation from Senator David Y. Ige
I again ask everyone to please call or email Sen. Ige's office and ask him to hold a hearing for these bills; HB466 HD1 and HB 2152.