Pacific Business News - Thursday 9/23/2005 Recent news of the 18.2% drop in WC claims costs in the last reporting period 2003 (reported on Thursday 9/23/2005 by the Pacific Business News) - totally contradicts the entire gutting of WC system that the Lingle administration, the DCD and Nelson Bifitel have tried to railroad through our state. It shows that this poorly conceived so-called "Work Comp Reform" was not needed to keep the system viable and was actually a political payoff thrown to big business and insurance companies (at the expense of the average working person in the state of Hawaii) in return for their political support.
Mediation works - so we use it regularly. In Providence, R.I., in 2014 eight female aerialists doing a hair-hang act 20+ feet above the ground were severely injured when the metal frame supporting their act collapsed hurtling them to the floor. They recently obtained a total combined settlement of $52.5-million through mediation of their claims See, Eight severely injured aerialists recover $52.5-million settlement through mediation.
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