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Personal Injury: Worker's Compensation
Worker's compensation is a "no fault" law which provides insurance to cover medical care and compensation for employees who are injured in the course and scope of employment, and in exchange the release of the employee's right to sue his or her employer for negligence.
Getting hurt at work can have significant consequences to people and their families. The realities of worker's compensation laws are often complex and unknown. Any employee is at risk for injury. Workplace injuries can often trigger significant personal and financial hardships. Therefore, knowing what to do immediately after an accident is of the utmost importance. The first 48 hours following an accident are the most important. What you do during that time can make or break your worker's compensation case.
Typically, Indiana worker's compensation law entitles an injured worker to all related medical expenses, two-thirds of the average weekly wage while the worker is off work as a result of the disability (the first 7 days you are not entitled to compensation unless you are off work for 3 weeks or more). In addition, if you have a permanent impairment as a result of your work injury, then you would be entitled to an award based upon a permanent partial impairment rating which is provided by a physician. If you are unable to return to any type of gainful employment as a result of your work injury, you may be entitled to permanent total disability benefits. General damages for pain and suffering are generally not available in Indiana under worker's compensation law. Contact Hilbrich Law Firm immediately if you have been injured at work. We can help answer specific questions about what you are entitled to and when.
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