Can an employer fire me for filing a Worker’s Compensation claim?
Generally, the answer to this is no. However, Indiana is considered an “at-will” employment jurisdiction. This means that Indiana employers may hire, fire, promote, demote, layoff, suspend, set their own work hours and policies at their discretion; so long as the do not discriminate against their employees or retaliate against their employees for filing a Worker’s Compensation claim. If you have further questions about rights under Worker’s Compensation contact Crossen Kooi LLP at 866-569-1335.
What am I entitled to under the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Act?
Depending on the facts of a particular case, there are generally three types of benefits available under the Act:
1)Wage Replacement Benefits
2)Medical Care and
Money if you are unable to return to your pre-injury physical status upon completion of the statutory medical care.
Can I go to a Doctor I choose?
In Indiana, the employer has the right to decide where an employer gets their medical care. While an employee may seek a second opinion or get care on their own, generally this will be at the employee’s own cost.