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Indiana Injured Employee Workers Compensation Benefits

Important workers compensation benefit information for injured Indiana employees

Indiana Workers Compensation Medical Benefits -

  • Medical benefits for injured Indiana workers are paid without lenghth of time or cost limitations.

Who Chooses the Physician for Injured Workers in Indiana-

  • With few exceptions, the employer/insurance carrier has the right to direct medical care in Indiana. In most cases, the employer provides a physician, free of charge, for the treatment of an employee’s injuries. In emergency situations, the employee may be sent to the nearest possible treatment facility, with follow-up treatment chosen by the employer/carrier. If the employee seeks emergency medical care without the prior knowledge of the employer/carrier, the employee should notify the employer/carrier as soon as possible, requesting coverage under worker’s compensation.

Indiana Workers Compensation Disability Benefits -

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits:
    • TTD benefits are paid for the time period an Indiana employee is completely unable to perform his or her regular work because of an injury.
    • Compensation is 66 2/3 percent of the injured workers average weekly wage.
    • Minimum weekly payment is $50 or average wage if less.
    • Maximum weekly payment is $636
    • Maximum number of payments is 500 weeks.
    • Maximum amount paid is $318,000.
    • Note:
      • When a compensable injury renders an employee unable to work, compensation for lost wages is paid starting on the eighth day. However if the employee is still disabled, on the twenty-second day after the injury, the employee will receive compensation for the first seven days.

  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits:
    • PTD awards are paid when it is established that the employee will never again be able to work in reasonable employment.
    • Compensation is 66 2/3 percent of the injured workers average weekly wage.
    • Minimum weekly payment is $50 or average wage if less.
    • Maximum weekly payment is $636.
    • Maximum number of payments is 500 weeks.
    • Maximum amount paid is $318,000.
    • Note:
      • Injured Indiana worker may then receive payments for PTD from a special fund indefinitely.

  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits:
    • Compensation is 66 2/3 percent of the injured workers average weekly wage.
    • Minimum weekly payment is $50 or average wage if less.
    • Maximum weekly payment is $636.
    • Non-scheduled injuries have no maximum payment amount and no time limit.
    • Note:
    • PPD compensation is computed as a percentage of the injured Indiana workers wage by the degree of impairment.


Indiana Workers Death/Dependency Benefits -

  • If an employee dies by accident arising out of and in the course of employment, or dies as a result of injuries sustained by accident arising out of and in the course of employment, the employee’s dependents become eligible to receive death benefits under the Worker’s Compensation Act.
  • An additional allowance for funeral expenses (currently up to $7,500) is also made.
  • If the employee dies immediately, the dependents of the employee are entitled to weekly payments at 2/3 of the employee’s average weekly wage, up to a maximum of 500 weeks.
  • If the employee dies within 500 weeks of the date of injury causing the death, the dependents are entitled to payment at the same rate, until the total compensation paid to the employee and the employee’s dependents equals 500 weeks.
  • Average weekly wages for payment of the death benefit are calculated in the same manner as average weekly wages for disability


Indiana Workers Compensation Attorney Fees -

  • A minimum of $200
  • 20% of the first $50,000 of recovery
  • 15% of recovery in excess of $50,000
  • 10% of:
    • Unpaid Medical
    • Out-of-pocket medical expenses
    • Future medical expenses
  • All attorney fees remain statutorily subject to approval of the Worker’s Compensation Board.

More specific workers compensation employee benefit information for this state can be found by following the link below. It will take you directly to the state web page containing employee's workers compensation rights and benefits:

http://www.in.gov/wcb/handbook/HANDBK2007.htm



Important Notice Please Read: All information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.


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