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Hawaii Workers' Compensation

Hawaii Workers' Compensation

Hawaii's workers compensation or workman's compensation provides benefits to Hawaiian workers who are injured while performing their job duties. Workers' compensation benefits in Hawaii can include paid medical benefits, lost wage compensation, vocational rehabilitation services and survivor benefits paid to the surviving beneficiaries of a deceased worker.

Hawaii workers' compensation is viewed as a trade-off for the employee and the employer. The employer is required to purchase workers' compensation for all qualifying workers and the employee forfeits their right to file a personal injury claim (under most conditions) in exchange for immediate benefits.

Both employer and employee avoid a protracted legal battle, and the employer does not have to prove that their negligent actions were not the cause of the Hawaii workplace injury.

The Hawaii workman's compensation laws were enacted in 1915 and are now administered by the Hawaii Department of Labor and Industrial Relations. Work comp laws vary by state and can be complicated. If you have been injured in a workplace injury, it may be helpful to contact a Hawaii workers comp lawyer.

Hiring a Hawaii Workers Compensation Lawyer

Hawaiian workers may file their work comp claim on their own or seek legal help from a workman's compensation attorney at any phase of the claim process. Not all employees will need legal assistance, but if you have suffered a permanent or severe debilitating workplace injury, a compensation attorney from Hawaii can ensure you get the compensation you deserve.

Many employers will work hard to ensure a worker gets the medical help and wage loss compensation they need, but other employers may be more concerned with closing the Hawaii work comp claim and saving money.

Hawaii Work Injuries Covered Under Workers Compensation

Most Hawaii workplace injuries are covered under workman's compensation if they occur at work and while the worker is engaged in their normal job functions. Occupational illnesses which occur within the course of employment may also be covered.

Some of the most common types of Hawaii workplace injuries and occupational illnesses can include:

  • Back and neck injuries
  • Abrasions and burns
  • Amputations of arms or legs
  • Concussions
  • Heart attack or strokes on the job
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Diseases caused by inhalation of chemicals or other toxins
  • Bone fractures
  • Hernia
  • Torn Rotator Cuff
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Bulging disc
  • Stroke
  • Asbestosis exposure
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • General Anxiety Disorder

Hawaii workers who are injured while intentionally trying to hurt themselves or others, who flagrantly disregard safety precautions, who are travelling to or from work while they are injured or who are injured due to intoxication of drugs or alcohol may have difficulty getting workers' compensation.

Hawaii Workers' Compensation Benefits

Like other states, Hawaii workman's compensation provides medical benefits, temporary total disability benefits (TTD), permanent total disability benefits (PTD), permanent partial disability benefits (PPD, vocational rehabilitation benefits, and death benefits. More information about each benefit is listed below.

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