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

Can an employer pay reduced wages for light duty?
If the employee is partially disabled, that is, able to work light duty or for limited hours, Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) compensation is paid to help make up the difference between light duty wages and the employee’s pre-injury wage. Ind. Code §22-3-3-9. No TPD is paid if light duty wages exceed the statutory maximum average weekly wage. TTD and TPD are worker’s compensation insurance benefits and as such are not taxable. However, any light-duty wage is just that—a wage—and as such is subject to withholding, payroll tax and any other standard deductions for Joe’s employer (union dues, health insurance, etc.).


The Good News, The Bad News
Indiana leads the US in the percentage of GDP contributed by manufacturing. However, this also increases the risk of serious injury for Indiana workers.


Full and Final settlement versus accepting PPI only
In Indiana, there are two types of settlement agreements for a work-related injury. The first is called a Section 15, or Full and Final Settlement.  This option is appropriate in those cases where there are disputes over what medical treatment is necessary, weekly compensation, impairments or total disability.  Essentially, a Section 15 agreement states that […]


Time off from work while treating: should I be paid?
This question was recently posted on our website: “If my worker’s comp doctor scheduled me to be off following a cortisone injection, should I be paid for the time off?”   There are two parts to the answer:   The first is that, that if you lose work time traveling to and attending medical appointments, […]


Delay, Delay, Delay
Under the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Act, an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier is required to provide any treatment recommended by the authorized physician for an employee’s work-related injury or illness. The unfortunate reality is that carriers often look for ways to avoid paying for expensive treatment. These tactics include second opinions, utilization reviews, attempting a […]