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hui-partner-KHON2-News---NEWEmployees who sustain work-related injuries or have disabilities that prevent them from working for a period of time are entitled to receive benefits outlined under the Worker's Compensation law and the federal Rehabilitation Act. One of the benefits offered to injured and disabled workers under these acts is vocational rehabilitation.

Vocational rehabilitation mainly involves providing employees with the services needed to help them return to work, to enter a new line of work, or to enter the workforce for the first time. The types of services that may be offered by vocational rehabilitation programs include counseling, training, transportation, and job placement. Some programs even offer medical and dental treatment, prosthetic devices, and other special equipment to aid injured or disabled workers. Generally, before workers can enter vocational rehabilitation programs, they'll be required to meet with a counselor who will determine their eligibility. Counselors usually determine eligibility based on workers' compensation case records, medical reports, aptitude test results, personal interviews, and work and personal histories. Once eligibility is established, workers may qualify for financial benefits including tuition, fees, books, supplies, training equipment, and travel reimbursement. Eventually, the goal of vocational rehabilitation is to place injured or disabled workers in suitable job positions. As a result, those individuals who show no desire or ability to gain or keep employment may be denied assistance.

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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Contact Information

Vocational Management Consultants, Inc.VMC Hawaii

715 S. King Street, Suite 410 
Honolulu, HI 96813 
Ph. 808-538-8733 
Fax 808-538-8744 
Outer Islands Call Toll Free: 888-598-8115

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