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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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Workshop June 24, 2017

Jun 26 2017

Speaker of the House Scott Saiki The Hawai’i Injured Workers Association (HIWA) just sponsored their annual special educational workshop, held this past 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.  

Mahalo also to the speakers Saturday for donating their time and providing a wealth of important information. Speakers included: the Speaker of the House Scott Saiki and Dr. Christopher Taylor and his wife Dr. Barton-Taylor who also spoke at the event. The program provided an overview of the workers compensation system medical aspects and current legislation.

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Feb 08 2017

A new Department of Labor report says cuts to state workers’ comp systems have left injured workers with inadequate benefits and raises the specter of federal oversight. The findings echo those of a ProPublica and NPR investigation last year.

THOMAS PEREZ LABOR SECRETARY

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  • 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
  • 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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