Workplace injuries can occur unexpectedly, leaving employees with physical and financial burdens. If you have suffered a workplace injury in Indiana, you may be wondering if you have the right to sue your employer for compensation. In Indiana, the workers’ compensation system is designed to provide benefits to injured employees while protecting employers from costly lawsuits. However, there are certain circumstances under which you may be able to pursue legal action against your employer. This article will address key questions related to filing a workers’ compensation claim in Indiana, the possibility of being fired for filing a claim, the benefits you may be entitled to, and what to do if your claim is denied.
In Indiana, if you sustain a workplace injury or develop an occupational illness, you are generally eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. The first step in the process is to report your injury to your employer as soon as possible. Indiana law requires employees to report the injury within 30 days, but it’s always best to notify your employer immediately to ensure a smooth claims process.
After reporting the injury, your employer should provide you with the necessary forms to file a workers’ compensation claim. Fill out the forms accurately and provide all relevant details about your injury or illness. Make sure to keep copies of all documents for your records. Your employer is then responsible for submitting the claim to their workers’ compensation insurance carrier.
It is illegal for your employer to terminate you solely for filing a workers’ compensation claim. Indiana law prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who exercise their rights to seek workers’ compensation benefits. If you are terminated or face any adverse actions as a result of filing a claim, you may have grounds for a separate legal claim against your employer. Consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to understand your rights and options in such a situation.
In some cases, an insurance company may deny your workers’ compensation claim. If this happens, you have the right to appeal the decision. It is crucial to act promptly and seek legal assistance to navigate the appeals process effectively. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can review your case, gather additional evidence, and represent you during hearings or negotiations to help you secure the benefits you deserve.
If you or a loved one have been injured at work, contact Hurst Limontes today to discuss your options. We have decades of combined experience fighting for our clients in any number of personal injury claims. We work on a contingency basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless we reach a settlement or jury verdict award on your behalf.
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