A U.S. appellate court based out of San Francisco has ordered a former employer and its insurance carrier to pay a Hawaiian claimant, William Kealoha, tens of thousands of dollars in workers’ compensation benefits with interest, dating back to 2003, as Kealoha established that a failed suicide attempt was tied to the denial of his workers’ comp benefits. The original injury dates back to 2001 when Kealoha fell from a drydock. His workers’ comp claim was summarily denied. In 2003, a depressed Kealoha attempted suicide. He survived, but the shotgun blast severely disfigured the left side of his face. Kealoha, now 49, will be able to collect workers’ comp benefits until he is 65.