Workers’ Compensation Medical Examination

On July 11, 2017, Hawaii Governor David Ige signed legislation (S.B. 859) granting an employee the right to have a chaperone present during an independent medical examination relating to a work injury for workers’ compensation purposes and, with the approval of the examining physician or surgeon, to use a recording device during the medical examination. The law also specifies that if the employee or chaperone obstructs the medical exam, then the employee’s right to claim workers’ compensation for the work injury will be suspended until the obstruction stops.

The law became effective July 11, 2017.

Read HI S.B. 859