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.
Insurance ‘Hell’ Leaves Many Injured Workers Broken Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chapter 1: Insurance ‘Hell’ Leaves Many Injured Workers Broken

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.

This Woman Lost 10 Years Battling A System Where Insurers Call The Shots Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Chapter 2: This Woman Lost 10 Years Battling A System Where Insurers Call The Shots

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

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Recent Court Decisions Beneficial For Injured Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

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The Hawaii Supreme Court made two rulings in 2015 in favor of workers who had been denied treatment for their injuries.