Hewins Law Blog

Exacerbation vs. Aggravation in Personal Injury and Worker's Compensation Cases

Posted: April 16, 2021
Understanding medical terminology is essential in Indiana personal injury and worker's compensation cases. For those who don’t work in the medical field, these terms can be confusing and make it difficult to understand what’s going on in a case. Lawyers who practice in the area of personal injury and worker's compensation, like Charles Hewins of Hewins Law Firm, understand what these terms mean, and how they can affect your injury or worker's...

Hewins Law Firm Local Charity Update: October 2020

Posted: September 17, 2020
The official start to Autumn is right around the corner, but that’s not slowing Hewins Law Firm down! We’re continuing our campaign of donating $100 to a local charity chosen randomly from the comments to our Facebook page! So, please head on over there and nominate your favorite charity by adding a comment. After that, please, like and share the HLF Facebook page, then invite your friends to like us as well, using the “Community” tab. Check out...

And the Winner is . . . Komen Evansville! Hewins Law Firm Continues its Monthly Charity Giving Campaign

Posted: September 16, 2020
Autumn is nearly here, and one thing that doesn’t seem to be going away quickly is the Covid-19 pandemic! There’s been lots of good news though, with businesses and restaurants slowly re-opening and increasing capacity, and a falling unemployment rate. But the good news doesn’t mean we at Hewins Law Firm are stopping our monthly charitable giving campaign! The winner for September is Komen Evansville. This morning, I had the chance to meet with ...

Hewins Law Firm Donates $100 to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation in Support of Local Golf Star Dylan Meyer

Posted: September 11, 2020
Those of you who keep tabs on Hewins Law Firm know we’ve been making monthly contributions to a local charity chosen by our Facebook followers. Stay tuned for our announcement for the month of September (and be sure to check out our blog post about our August winner, Evansville YWCA). But for THIS announcement, we’re happy to report an additional $100 donation to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. Local golf star and touring pro Dylan Meyer...

Hewins Law Firm Local Charity Update: September 2020

Posted: August 28, 2020
We are now in MONTH #5 of the Hewins Law Firm charity giving campaign! It’s been a huge success, please check out our previous blog posts, where we highlighted the great things done by our four previous winners: Tri-State Food Bank, Junior League of Evansville, Voices, Inc. and YWCA Evansville! When I announced the August campaign, the comments blew up, so I promised that if we hit 250, I’d double the contribution: $100 each to two charities. We...

What is the Statute of Limitations in Indiana Worker’s Compensation?

Posted: August 25, 2020
Indiana Worker’s Compensation Statute of Limitations Nothing can sink a good worker’s compensation case faster than missing the statute of limitations.  A “statute of limitations” is a law that basically says if you don’t file a claim or a lawsuit within a stated deadline, then your claim or lawsuit is forever barred.  So, what is the statute of limitations in Indiana Worker’s Compensation claims? If you sustain a work injury, and there is a...

Announcing the Hewins Law Firm Charity Contribution for August 2020: Evansville YWCA!

Posted: August 20, 2020
Everyone seems to be adjusting to what appears to be the “new normal,” at least for the next few months.  Covid-19 positive tests and deaths continue to go up, but we’re all doing our best to adjust to the circumstances and limitations (you can head to Governor Eric Holcomb’s Back on Track Indiana website to learn the latest on what’s going on in Indiana).  Here at the office, things are slowly going back to normal, which is why it’s taken so...

Indiana Worker’s Comp Basics: What is Temporary Total Disability (TTD)?

Posted: July 26, 2020
All Indiana employers need to know the worker’s comp basics if they’ve been injured on the job. One essential term is Temporary Total Disability (TTD). In Indiana, TTD is money paid to injured employees whose work-related injury results in either total off-work orders by the treating worker’s compensation doctor, or work restrictions that the employer is unable to accommodate.  In other words, it is designed to replace wages lost due to a work...

Hewins Law Firm Local Charity Contribution Update: August 2020

Posted: July 22, 2020
It’s that time again! Hewins Law Firm is continuing its monthly charitable giving campaign! With the cancellation of this year’s West Side Nut Club Fall Festival, we bumped our contribution up to $100. Who will be the recipient of Hewins Law Firm’s August charitable contribution? Each month, we ask our followers to nominate a LOCAL charity to receive our charitable contribution. From the comments, we randomly select one charity, donate $100, and...

Worker’s Comp Won’t Return Phone Calls!

Posted: July 22, 2020
What to do when worker’s comp adjusters won’t return phone calls When Indiana workers are injured on the job, they hire Hewins Law Firm to help with their worker’s comp cases for a variety of reasons.  A big reason is worker’s comp adjusters ignoring their files.  We get tons of calls from people who say something like “I keep trying, but the worker’s comp adjuster won’t return phone calls!”  This can lead to unimaginable frustration and...

Hewins Law Firm Charitable Campaign Update!

Posted: July 21, 2020
The current Covid-19 pandemic has taken a major toll on all of us, both from a health perspective and economically. A lot of people are suffering as we work through this crisis. Hewins Law Firm wants to help. Based on the feedback we receive from our Facebook followers, Hewins Law Firm will donate $50.00 at the beginning of each month to a LOCAL Southern Indiana charity that is working to help people in need during this time. The program will...

Announcing the Hewins Law Firm July 2020 Charity Contribution: Voices, Inc.

Posted: July 10, 2020
Charles Hewins interviews Voices, Inc. Executive Director and Ombudsman Michelle Motta Seems to be the norm these days, but July has gotten off to a rocky start with a rise in Covid-19 cases locally and nationally. The Evansville City Council is considering mandatory use of masks in public places, and the West Side Nut Club had no choice but to cancel this year’s Fall Festival. Good things are still happening, including this announcement of the...

Fall Festival Cancelled! Here’s What to Do Instead

Posted: July 9, 2020
What to do now that the Fall Festival has been cancelled for 2020 The Evansville Nut Club’s Fall Festival is one of Evansville’s most beloved events. It’s served as the primary fundraiser for more than a hundred local charitable organizations. Unfortunately, because of fears related to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Fall Festival has been cancelled for 2020. This decision is likely to have a huge, negative economic impact on these organizations....

Am I entitled to Mileage Payments in Indiana Worker’s Comp Cases?

Posted: June 25, 2020
There is nothing straight-forward and easy when it comes to Indiana Worker’s Compensation Law.  One exception (mostly) is the concept of mileage.  For Indiana Worker’s Comp cases, injured workers are entitled to mileage payments under certain criteria. When Indiana Workers are Entitled to Mileage Payments Whether or not you’re entitled to mileage payments depends on two things:  (1) where you work, and (2) where your medical care takes place. ...

Hewins Law Firm Charitable Contribution Update: July 2020

Posted: June 18, 2020
Wow, what a tough month it’s been for our country! Just when things starting looking up regarding Covid-19, the USA has been shaken to its core with examples of racism and police brutality, followed by demonstrations that, though mostly peaceful, have sometimes descended into violence. So, not only have we got a public health crisis of the physical variety, we’re now dealing with a different kind of public health crisis that may portend...

Is it OK to Move While On Worker’s Compensation?

Posted: June 14, 2020
A question that comes up more frequently than one might imagine goes something like this:  “We want to move back home to be closer to family.  Is it OK to move while I’m still on worker’s compensation?”  It’s really a great question.  The technical answer is yes – you can do anything you want – but there may be unpleasant consequences for your worker’s comp case  in some situations. Obviously, if you are injured at work, the right to receive...

Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board Adds PPI Rating Worksheet

Posted: June 4, 2020
If you’ve suffered an Indiana work injury, you may already be familiar with what a Permanent Partial Impairment (PPI) rating is. If not, head over to this blog post to learn the basics. But if you are familiar with the term, the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board just added a great new tool. It allows anyone to convert their (Permanent Partial Impairment) PPI ratings into dollar values. Please follow this link to access the Indiana Worker’s...

Hewins Law Firm Announces Its June 2020 Charity Contribution

Posted: June 4, 2020
Charles Hewins of Hewins Law Firm interviews Cassie Noah, President of the Junior League of Evansville How is your June starting off? On the Hewins Law Firm Facebook page, we recently announced our monthly charitable contribution program.   Each month, our Facebook followers will be given an opportunity to comment and suggest a local charitable organization that’s doing good things for our communities. From the suggestions, we’ll randomly select...

Indiana Worker’s Comp Basics: What is Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)?

Posted: May 29, 2020
Any Injured Indiana worker with an open worker’s compensation case will be confronted with lots of new legal terms.  The HR Reps and worker’s comp insurance adjusters know these terms well.  Without understanding the basics, you’re at a disadvantage when trying to exercise your rights under Indiana’s Worker’s Compensation Act.  One of those important terms is Maximum Medical Improvement, commonly abbreviated to MMI. Maximum Medical Improvement,...

What If I Have a Worker’s Comp Case But My Employer Says I’m An Independent Contractor?

Posted: May 21, 2020
Indiana law requires every employer to carry worker’s comp insurance for its employees.  In certain industries that are high risk for worker injuries, those insurance premiums can be astronomical.  Rather than try to make the work environment safer for their workers and reduce injuries, some employers try to reduce those premiums by improperly designating an “employee” as an “independent contractor.”  They do this by paying employees as...

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