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Hawaii Workers Compensation - Employee Benefits

Workers compensation employee benefit information for the State of Hawaii

Hawaii Workers Compensation Medical Benefits -

  • Include all required medical care, services, and supplies, as the nature of the injury reasonably requires.

Who Chooses the Physician for Injured Workers in Hawaii-

  • An injured Hawaii worker may obtain medical treatment from a physician of their choice. However, they may be under the care of only one attending physician. The attending physician may refer you to other specialist(s) with the approval of your employer's insurance carrier. The injured worker may change attending physicians once, but must notify the insurance carrier before making the change. Any other changes in attending physician require approval from the insurance carrier before the change.

Hawaii Workers Compensation Disability Benefits -

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits:
    • Injured Hawaii workers are entitled to weekly income benefits if they have more than three days of lost time due to an injury.
    • Compensation is 66 2/3 percent of the injured workers Weekly wage.
    • Minimum weekly payment is $174 or 25% of State Average Weekly Wage.
    • Maximum 2009 weekly payment is $725 or 100% State Average Weekly Wage.
    • TTD is paid for periods a physician certifies you are unable to work.

  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits:
    • Injured Hawaii workers are entitled to weekly income benefits if they have more than three days of lost time due to an injury.
    • Compensation is 66 2/3 percent of the injured workers Weekly wage.
    • Minimum weekly payment is $174 or 25% of State Average Weekly Wage.
    • Maximum 2009 weekly payment is $725 or 100% State Average Weekly Wage.
    • TTD is paid for periods a physician certifies you are unable to work.
    • Note:
      • If an injured workers is unable to do any kind of work, they may be eligible for PTD benefits. Whether or not they are eligible for PTD benefits is determined at a hearing held by the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations.

  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits:
    • Compensation is 66 2/3 percent of the injured workers Weekly wage.
    • Minimum weekly payment is $174 or 25% of State Average Weekly Wage.
    • Maximum 2009 weekly payment is $725 or 100% State Average Weekly Wage.
    • Non-scheduled injuries are paid for a maximum period as a percentage of loss of the whold man and calculated at 312 times the maximum weekly benefit rate.
    • Maximum payment is $226,200.
    • Note:
      • After an injured Hawaii employee reaches the point of stability or maximum medical recovery, they may be sent to a physician to be evaluated on the extent of permanent impairment. The evaluation will be used to determine the amount of PPD award.


Hawaii Workers Death/Dependency Benefits -

  • Where an industrial injury results in death, the surviving spouse and dependent minor children (including full-time students up to 21 years of age) are entitled to weekly benefits as provided in the WC law. Funeral expenses up to 10 times the maximum weekly benefit rate and burial expenses up to 5 times the maximum weekly benefit rate are also allowed.


Hawaii Workers Compensation Attorney Fees -

  • Any attorney fees have to be approved by this Division or on the neighbor-island, the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations District Office nearest you . Attorney fees usually are a lien upon any workers' compensation benefits due you.

More specific workers compensation employee benefit information for this state can be found by following the link below. It will take you directly to the state web page containing employee's workers compensation rights and benefits:

http://hawaii.gov/labor/dcd/dcd-links/frequently-asked-questions



Important Notice Please Read: All information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.


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