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Indiana Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

How much do you know about the benefits you are entitled to after being injured on the job in Indiana? In order to ensure that you are provided with all of the benefits and compensation that you deserve, work with a proven lawyer from Kooi. We can help make sure that you are not taken advantage of when you file for workers’ compensation in the state.

Workers’ compensation benefits typically include:

  • Weekly temporary total disability payments for the period of time that an employee is out of work for a job-related injury or illness
  • Medical care and treatment paid for by your employer or your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance company
  • For permanent injuries, a Lump-sum settlement or permanent partial impairment award

If you think you may qualify for workers’ compensation, contact our Indiana workers’ compensation lawyers at (317) 569-1335 and request your free, initial case consultation.

What You Should Do If Injured at Work

  • Even if you do not believe your injury is serious or will require professional medical treatment, you should immediately report your injury to your supervisor or manager and ask them to complete formal accident report .
  • This accident report should be copied and provided to you.
  • If you require formal medical attention, you should follow all direction(s) of the provider and your employer, including, but not limited to, attending all appointments and examinations scheduled, following all restrictions, off-work statements, and instructions given to you by each doctor or medical care provider seen.
  • Contact an attorney for a consultation concerning your temporary total disability rights if you are required to miss more than 7 days of work.

Your Rights Under the Indiana Workers’ Compensation Act

Generally speaking, if you were injured on the job or while performing job-related duties, you can seek workers’ compensation. Exceptions to this general rule include injuries sustained through horseplay, intoxication, and deliberately disobeying posted work rules.

Despite Indiana’s written workers’ compensation laws, many employers still try to avoid the blame in these claims. If you were injured on the job in any of the following ways, you are entitled by law to seek workers’ compensation:

  • Any intentional action taken by an employee in a supervisory role
  • Any intentional action, including horseplay, that was not initiated by the injured employee
  • Any injury that occurred on the premises of the employer, including injuries sustained in parking lots, entryways, and exits
  • Any injury that occurred while an employee was taking a break on the employer’s premises
  • Any injury caused by repetitive motion
  • Any congenital injury, such as a heart attack or psychological injury

Work Comp Disability Payments or TTD

Under the Worker Compensation Statutes, an employee that is temporarily or permanently disabled as a result of their work injury and can no longer perform their work duties or is taken off of work by their treating physician is entitled to weekly disability payments. These payments are often referred to as TTD or Temporary Total Disability payments.

As a general rule, these payments are fairly easy to calculate based on an employees AWW or Average Weekly Wage; however, when an employee maintains a second job or has bonuses, overtime or other fluctuations in their salary, an experienced  lawyer can be of substantial benefit to ensure that all income is taken into account and that the employee gets the full benefit of their entitlements under the Workers’ Compensation Statutes.

How can a lawyer help with my workers’ compensation claim?

If you were injured on the job and you’re filing for workers’ compensation, your employer will most likely seek legal counsel before attending a hearing if such a proceeding becomes necessary. Accordingly, you also should seek the professional support of a licensed Indiana workers’ compensation lawyer. In doing so, you can rest assured that the facts involved in your case will be presented in a way that takes full advantage of the statutory protections established for employees in Indiana.

Contact Kooi today. Your first consultation is free of charge!

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