Overview of Worker’s Compensation Laws in Indiana

No matter what side of a claim you are on, a worker’s compensation dispute might seem like an intimidating process, but it doesn’t have to be. With the help of a worker’s compensation attorney, you can be sure that your interests are being represented.

The attorneys at Coriden Glover have represented many clients in these disputes, and we will fight for you to ensure that your best interests are being represented. While worker’s compensation laws in Indiana can get complex, there are a few key things that you need to know.

Understanding Indiana Worker’s Compensation Laws

The Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana provides some great resources for understanding the impact of laws on workers. Here are 10 things you should know about Indiana worker’s compensation law:

  1. Worker’s compensation is essentially an insurance program that provides workers with benefits if they are injured at work.
  2. Workers are paid roughly 66.6 percent of their average weekly wages.
  3. If workers wait more than 30 days to report an injury, their claim could be denied. However, workers should always report their injury to an employer or boss immediately or as soon as possible.
  4. Workers cannot be fired for filing a claim or if their injuries prevent them from working. However, because of Indiana’s laws, workers can be terminated “at-will” by employers with only a few exceptions.
  5. Workers are entitled to weekly income benefits if they miss work for more than 7 days because of your injury, but workers will not be paid for the first week until they have been out of work for 21 days.
  6. An employer will direct a worker’s medical care, though a worker can file an application to adjust their claim.
  7. A worker is eligible for worker’s compensation benefits from their first day at work.
  8. Worker’s compensation payments are not taxed.
  9. Social Security benefits might be offset by worker’s compensation payments.
  10. A worker cannot simultaneously receive unemployment and worker’s compensation payments.

Every year, thousands of Indiana workers are injured in their workplace. Our firm has helped many clients in worker’s compensation disputes. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.