successMs. C was referred for VR services by her attorney in April, 2008. She was injured while working as an Admissions Coordinator for a University and was diagnosed with Bilateral arm pains, wrist tendonitis and ligament strain. She had been active in trying to apply for various positions while at level 3 but either the positions were not considered suitable or were not gainful. Through the vocational exploration process, she was able to identify Human Resources Assistant as a possible job goal.

Her approved VR plan included a completion of a certificate in Human Resources Management at a local university which she successfully did. She actively submitted her applications and went on several interviews. Her VR case was closed in January, 2011 without her obtaining employment but at the time she was very close to getting a job. She was able to obtain employment shortly after her VR case closed. She is currently working in the student employment at a different University than her previous employer. The person that interviewed the client indicated that because of her HR certificate, they felt she was more qualified than other candidates for the position. She had indicated that having been injured was very stressful for her as she had never had a work injury before. The VR process assisted her and she was grateful for the assistance that was provided to her to return to work.

Hawaii Civil Beat Special Report

Waiting In Pain

About the Series

A Civil Beat Investigation: In Hawaii’s workers’ comp system, people with long-lasting injuries are often forced to battle doctors hand-picked by insurance companies to get treatment and disability payments.
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Chapter One

Insurance ‘Hell’ Leaves Many Injured Workers Broken

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In Hawaii’s workers’ comp system, people with long-lasting injuries are often forced to battle doctors hand-picked by insurance companies to get treatment.

By John Hill / December 12, 2017

Chapter Two

This Woman Lost 10 Years Battling A System Where Insurers Call The Shots

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Hobbled by pain from work injuries, Vanessa Sylva had to overcome medical reports by insurance doctors that challenged her need for surgeries.

By John Hill / December 13, 2017

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715 S. King Street, Suite 410 
Honolulu, HI 96813 
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