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Does the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Act Cover Psychological Injuries?

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Yes, the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Act covers psychological injuries as long as they meet the injury by accident, arising out of and in the course of employment standard. In order to prove this, the employee will likely have to undergo comprehensive psychological testing.

Physical injury caused by psychological trauma

A physical injury caused by psychological trauma is potentially compensable assuming that the stimulus or stress arises out of and in the course of employment.

Physical & psychological injury

Where there has been a pysical worker’s compensation injury and the injured worker’s disability is prolonged or impairment is increased by accompanying psychological dysfunction, the full extent of disability and impairment may be compensable.

Preexisting psychological injuries

Preexisting psychological shortcomings and weaknesses of the injured worker which are aggravated or precipitated by physical injury and trauma may be found to be compensable to the full extent of the aggravation of the preexisting psychological dysfunction.

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