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Indiana Workers’ Compensation Information

Indiana Workers’ Compensation Information Resource

This website is meant to be a resource for workers injured during the course of their employment in the state of Indiana. It includes frequently asked questions, forms commonly used in an Indiana worker’s compensation claim, links to various Indiana state agencies, tips on what to do if you are injured at work, and statistics about work injuries in Indiana.

The purpose of the Workers’ Compensation Act of Indiana, which was passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 1915, is to provide a system in which an injured worker or his dependants—in the event of the worker’s death—can obtain financial assistance when the worker is injured at work. The Act was designed to protect injured workers and their families with a prompt remedy for personal injury or death.

The Workers’ Compensation Board of Indiana administers and enacts the provisions of the Act and was created in 1915 by the Indiana General Assembly. The Board consists of seven members, one of whom serves as chairman. Each member is appointed by the Governor and holds office for four years.

It is important to understand that the Board is an administrative agency, not a court of law. This means that the Board makes rulings and decisions, but does not hear jury trials. Many of the parts of the Act make jury trials unnecessary. The Board has many different powers, which includes the ability to hear, determine, and review all claims made by injured workers and the power to approve claims for medical services.

The information contained on this website applies only to the Workers’ Compensation Act of Indiana. If you were not injured in Indiana, please consult the agency responsible for managing workers’ compensation claims in your state for information specific to your state’s laws.

 


Indiana Workers’ Compensation News & Information

California No. 1 in workers’ compensation costs
Although Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature enacted a major overhaul of the system that compensates workers for job-related illnesses and injuries two years ago, aimed at reducing overhead and increasing disability payments, California employers have the nation’s highest costs, a new survey says. The biennial survey, conducted by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, […]


New Law in Effect Regarding Presciption Pain Drugs
In the past year, there have been numerous changes to laws regarding the prescription of narcotic medications. Effective Monday, October 6, 2014, the government updated its policy for Hydrocodone prescriptions. Health care providers are no longer allowed to phone-in or electronically send Hydrocodone refills to your pharmacy. You MUST call your doctor’s office to receive a […]


TBI Reauthorization Act Passes in House with Bi-partisan Support
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) is pleased to announce that the House of Representatives passed the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Reauthorization Act of 2014 and the bill is on its way to President Obama for his signature.   The TBI Act reauthorizes existing TBI programs within the U.S. Department of Health and Human […]


Distracted driving can change your life and countless others
You probably know that a driver who is driving drunk at the Indiana legal limit of .08 BAC is 4 times as likely to be in a car crash.  But did you know that the risk for a driver who is talking on a cell phone while driving of being in a car crash is the […]


Time Spent Traveling to a Workers’ Compensation Medical Appointment May Be Calculated in Your Entitlement to Overtime Pay
US Department of Labor Regulations state that time spent by an employee in waiting for and receiving medical attention on the employer’s premises or at the direction of the employer during the employee’s normal working hours on days when he is working constitute hours work.  Under the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Act, your employer must pay […]