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Workers' compensation is a state-mandated insurance program that provides compensation to employees who suffer job-related injuries and illnesses. While the federal government administers a workers' comp program for federal and certain other types of employees, each state has its own laws and programs for workers' compensation. For up-to-date information on workers' comp in your state, contact your state's workers' compensation office. (You can find links to the appropriate office in your state on the State Workers' Compensation Officials page of the U.S. Department of Labor's website.

In general, an employee with a work-related illness or injury can get workers' compensation benefits regardless of who was at fault -- the employee, the employer, a coworker, a customer, or some other third party. In exchange for these guaranteed benefits, employees usually do not have the right to sue the employer in court for damages for those injuries.

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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