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Here’s Why The Weather Experts Didn’t See The Kauai Storm Coming Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Here’s Why The Weather Experts Didn’t See The Kauai Storm Coming

The rain-laden system was hard to track because it wasn’t large-scale, like a tropical storm. And Hawaii weather is just hard to predict.

Whose Side Is This Workers’ Comp Doctor On? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Whose Side Is This Workers’ Comp Doctor On?

Chris Brigham has exerted major influence on how Hawaii’s insurers treat injured workers claims. Critics say he has mostly made it easier to slash benefits.

One Hawaii Woman’s Futile 4-Year Quest To Get Her Grandkids Back Courtesy: Kathleen Buck

One Hawaii Woman’s Futile 4-Year Quest To Get Her Grandkids Back

Officials say Kathleen Buck doesn’t have enough money to take in the five children, but she calls that analysis rife with errors.

Spying On Injured Workers Often Adds To Their Pain Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Spying On Injured Workers Often Adds To Their Pain

Surveillance is accepted practice in workers’ comp cases. It can lead to a cutoff of benefits, but things are not always as they appear.

Meet the Detective Who Tails Injured Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Meet the Detective Who Tails Injured Workers

George Copeland’s tricks of the trade include cameras hidden in a key fob or shirt button, or hours spent staring at an apartment door.

Three Bills Aim To Clear Obstacles For Injured Workers Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Three Bills Aim To Clear Obstacles For Injured Workers

Giving injured workers a say in which doctor is used to examine them is one of the key issues on the table this year.
Hawaii Supreme Court: Christopher Deedy Can Go On Trial For A Third Time PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Hawaii Supreme Court: Christopher Deedy Can Go On Trial For A Third Time

UPDATED: The federal agent’s attorneys said pursuing a third trial against him for the death of Kollin Elderts is double jeopardy.

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

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.

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

Recent Court Decisions Beneficial For Injured Workers

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