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All benefits are paid in weekly installments but a worker may apply to have benefits
paid biweekly, semi-monthly, monthly or quarterly instead.
Temporary Total (TT) - Maximum period is duration of the disability.
Temporary Partial (TP) – Maximum period is duration of the disability.
Permanent Total (PT) - Maximum period is duration of the disability (Also, see DI 52120.070B.1. below)
Permanent Partial (PP) - Duration based on scheduled loss.
Disfigurement benefits – Paid in addition to PP or PT; cannot exceed $30,000.00. Disfigurement benefits
are offsettable. This is a Change of Position (COP) from previous POMS instructions.
The effective date for the COP is 09/27/2008. Prior determinations based on previous
instructions stating Hawaii disfigurement benefits are not offsettable are considered
correct and will not be reopened or revised.
Hawaii does not provide for cost-of-living adjustments for any type of WC payment
except for PT Supplemental Allowance explained below.
Hawaii pays a PT supplemental allowance in the form of increased rate as follows:
Paid effective every 10 years beginning 01/01/1992.
Amount of the payment based on the relationship between the worker’s weekly income
benefit and the maximum weekly income benefit in effect on 01/01/1992 and updated
every ten years thereafter.
Paid to workers entitled to PT and injured prior to the January 1 effective date (01/01/1992,
01/01/2002, and so on) whether they continue to receive WC or not.
Paid by the employer with no application required.
The Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations sends affected workers an official
notice, called a Decision, after the PT supplemental allowances are calculated.
Example 1: Prior to 1992, a worker is receiving PT of $84.00 per week and supplemental weekly
allowance of $75.52, which is paid from the Special Fund (see DI 52120.070E. below). Total offsettable WC weekly rate is $159.52 (84.00 + 75.52).
Effective 01/1992 the supplemental allowance increases to $242.29 per week. The $84.00
per week remains the same. So the total offsettable WC weekly rate effective 01/1992
is $326.29 (84.00 + 242.29).
Effective 01/2002, the supplemental allowance increases to $337.12 per week, so the
total offsettable WC weekly rate is $421.12 (84.00 + 337.12).
Example 2: For a worker injured in 2003 and awarded PT, the supplemental allowance will be payable
in 2012 based on the ratio of the WC benefit to the maximum weekly wage effective
January 1, 2012.
Attorney fees are determined on individual case basis and are usually a lien upon
any workers’ compensation benefits due the claimant.
Fees must be approved by the Disability Compensation Division, Department of Labor
and Industrial Relations, or by the appellate Board or court deciding an appeal.
Hawaii does not offset its WC for SSA retirement benefits
This fund pays benefits to injured workers for second injuries, uninsured, and insolvent
employers, PT supplemental allowances, attendant services, and concurrent employment.
A disabled worker, dependents or employer may apply to have periodic benefit payments
commuted to one or more lump sum payments. Such payments, if they fully discharge
the employer’s WC liability, meet SSA’s definition of a lump sum for proration purposes.
The portion of the periodic benefit payments commuted to one or more lump sum payments
are computed at 4 percent true discount compounded annually. This mandatory 4 percent
lump sum discount is not offsettable per DI 52150.060B. - LS amounts which are not offset.
Hawaii’s statutes do not allow for an official amendment of a LS WC award solely to
afford a claimant a more advantageous offset computation.
DI 52150.060B. – Definition of a lump sum
DI 52150.065B. – LS awards involving a commuted value of future periodic payments
DI 52150.065E. – Subsequent addenda to LS settlements
GN 04001.100 - Change of Position
GN 04001.070 - Do Not Reopen Correct Determinations - Operating Policy
Hawaii Workers' Compensation site: http://hawaii.gov/labor/dcd/aboutwc.shtml http://hawaii.gov/labor/dcd/aboutwc.shtm
Hawaii Workers’ Compensation Law, Chapter 386: http://hawaii.gov/labor/law/hrs/386/386.htm