Workers Comp Cases in Indiana
When an employee is injured on the job, there are many legal rights available to provide coverage for medical needs and loss of income. Employers do not always treat their injured employees fairly and insurance companies often place their own financial agenda ahead of the well-being of injured workers. A lawyer experienced in dealing with the intricacies of the Indiana Worker's Compensation Act is a valuable asset.
Do I Need An Attorney?
The Indiana Worker's Compensation Act is complicated and frequently goes through changes. The law does not require an employer or the insurance company to inform employees how to maximize their recovery. Many times insurance adjusters fail to offer statutory benefits to claimants, and many injured employees never even know that they are “missing out.” Having access to an attorney who is knowledgeable about the systems allows workers to even the playing field.
The initial consultation is free. Also, there is no charge to call and discuss the facts of a case before deciding whether to pursue the case.
Have I Waited Too Long?
Employers and workers’ compensation carriers sometimes try to avoid paying worker’s compensation claims by telling injured workers “it’s too late” because:
- Too much time has passed
- The injury wasn’t reported soon enough
- There was no “accident report” or “injury report”
- The first medical treatment wasn’t soon enough after the injury
- The injury was from repetitive work or occurred over time
None of these reasons automatically make it “too late” to pursue a valid work injury claim. There is a specific statute of limitations that governs this issue and a thorough evaluation of all the facts is important.
Can I Sue Anybody Else?
In many instances, an injured worker has two separate cases. If a workplace injury is caused by a person or company other than the employer, there may be an additional recovery available through a “third party case”. An experienced worker’s compensation attorney can coordinate the two cases to help facilitate the best possible outcome.