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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

Trabajadores indocumentados y su derecho recibir recompensación en Indiana
A veces trabajadores indocumentados se sienten como no tienen derechos en cuanto a las leyes del estado. Entonces, cuando experimenten un accidente en el trabajo, tienen miedo de buscar ayuda legal porque piensen que si el caso llega a un juez, les van a deportar. Eso no es cierto.

Doctor Claims Injury is Not Work-Related, What Now?
Question: What if I reported my injury and there is no written report made? I was sent to a doctor who would not even look at my hand because he said it was not due to some immediate accident or trauma. He said that the Indiana Workers’ Compensation law does not cover any injury that is […]

Employer Denied Lost Wages During Injury Examination
Question: My employer has denied me lost wages when I was sent to be examined and during appointment times that I was scheduled for work. Is this legal? How do I go about recovering work time hours lost? Answer: You are correct that your employer’s actions are contrary to the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Act. You […]

Can You Get Fired for Filing a Worker’s Compensation Claim?
                  If you’ve been injured on the job and thought about filing a worker’s compensation claim, you may have worried about how that could affect your employment. Could your boss fire you for filing a worker’s compensation claim? The short answer is no: Most states make it […]

Injured Workers Suffer As ‘Reforms’ Limit Workers’ Compensation Benefits
  Dennis Whedbee’s crew was rushing to prepare an oil well for pumping on the Sweet Grass Woman lease site, a speck of dusty plains rich with crude in Mandaree, N.D. It was getting late that September afternoon in 2012. Whedbee, a 50-year-old derrick hand, was helping another worker remove a pipe fitting on top […]