Hewins Law Blog

Hewins Law Firm Charitable Campaign Update! June 2020

Posted: May 14, 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...

What if My Employer Allows Me to Return to Work with Restrictions, but at Reduced Hours?

Posted: May 8, 2020
TPD is owed to injured workers who return to work with reduced hours Injured Indiana workers with worker’s comp cases are frequently taken off work while they recover from work-related injuries.  During that time they receive something called Temporary Total Disability (TTD) benefits.  But sometimes, the doctor eases restrictions to the point where an employer will allow an employee to return to work with those restrictions, but often at reduced...

What Does Permanent Partial Impairment (PPI) Mean?

Posted: May 5, 2020
If you have been injured on the job – especially if it’s for the first time – even the basics of Indiana Worker’s Compensation may seem confusing to you, so that’s why I want to talk a little bit about some terms your worker’s compensation insurance company may commonly use after you suffer an on-the-job injury. Today I want to talk about Permanent Partial Impairment, or PPI. One of the most essential terms that will come up in just about every...

What Fees Can an Indiana Worker’s Compensation Attorney Charge?

Posted: May 5, 2020
If I had to guess what the number one most frequently asked question is, there’s one I hear the most without a doubt.  In fact, I hear it 100% of the time, for good reason:  What fee will my attorney charge me for my Indiana worker’s compensation case?  This is a very fair question, and it’s important for you to know this information prior to your meeting with an attorney about your worker’s compensation case. In Indiana worker’s compensation...

Hewins Law Firm Announces Its May 2020 Charitable Contribution

Posted: May 1, 2020
Charles Hewins of Hewins Law Firm interviews Tri-State Food Bank Executive Director Glenn Roberts 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 one organization each month and...

What is a Worker’s Compensation Medicare Set-Aside?

Posted: April 30, 2020
Discussion of a Worker’s Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Chances are that if you suffered a major work injury and you’re already receiving Social Security Disability, a Worker’s Compensation Medicare Set-Aside (WCMSA or Medicare Set Aside) is in your future.  It is essential to know how it’s defined, why it’s needed (or not!) and how it’s funded and administered.  Failure to understand and properly handle a Medicare Set-Aside can be devastating...

Work Comp Is Now Refusing to Pay TTD to Injured Workers Laid off Due to Coronavirus

Posted: April 24, 2020
In my last blog post just a week ago, I warned that employers might refuse to pay temporary total disability (TTD) benefits to injured Indiana workers who are working under restrictions but then get laid off because of the Coronavirus. I also hinted that it would be unlawful for employers and their worker’s comp insurance companies to do that. Unfortunately, my prediction has come true. I am aware of at least two examples with the exact scenario...

Should I accept a return to work with restrictions offer if I don’t agree with the restrictions?

Posted: April 22, 2020
Return to work if offered while on worker’s comp restrictons? What if I don’t agree with the restrictions? In a recent blog post, we discussed what to do if work orders changed, and posed some hypothetical questions. Well, as it turns out, these hypothetical questions are based on real-life stories! The issue is whether an injured employee should accept an offer to return to work if he or she does not agree with the restrictions? We recently got...

The Hewins Law Firm Facebook Page is Up and Running!

Posted: April 21, 2020
Hewins Law Firm opened its doors in 2012, and it didn’t take long for us to create a business Facebook page. What did take long, however, was putting it to good use! That has all changed. The Hewins Law Firm Page is now up and running! Please click this link, login to your facebook account, then like, follow and share our page with your friends. EVERYONE needs to follow the Hewins Law Firm page – injured or not! We will regularly add great...

Can I Change Jobs While On Worker’s Compensation?

Posted: April 17, 2020
The technical answer is yes, you can change jobs while you are on worker’s compensation, and as long as you follow a couple rules (see below), you are unlikely to jeopardize your right to receive medical care for your work-related injury. The Indiana Worker’s Compensation Act imposes two primary obligations on worker’s compensation insurance companies after a worker is injured on the job.  The first deals with receiving temporary total...

What if My Work Orders Change While on Worker’s Comp?

Posted: April 7, 2020
When working on Indiana worker’s comp law, one thing I see a lot is employees getting work orders from their doctors and not knowing what to do about it.  They wonder what will happen if work orders change while on worker’s comp. If those employees are clients of mine, I advise them to always promptly notify their employer what the doctor said about work, even if it is the same orders as before. It becomes even more important if the doctor...

Why Isn’t Worker’s Comp Paying My Medical Bills?

Posted: April 7, 2020
When you are injured on the job, one of the main things your employer (through worker’s compensation insurance) must do is pay for appropriate medical care related to your work injury. But what happens when worker’s comp insurance is not paying your medical bills and you start getting collection notices and bills in the mail? The First Question is Always: Why Has The Bill Not Been Paid By Worker’s Compensation? When clients of Hewins Law Firm...

Unemployment While on Worker’s Comp

Posted: March 25, 2020
The current situation with the Coronavirus sweeping through Indiana and the United States is going to have both long and short term impacts on our health and our economic situations. The longer that businesses in Indiana are ordered to either stay closed or at least curtail their operations, the more likely Indiana workers are to lose their jobs, either temporarily or permanently.  A hidden pitfall for injured workers already receiving or who...

Coronavirus and Indiana Worker’s Compensation

Posted: March 17, 2020
In just the last few days and weeks, the rise of the Coronavirus has wreaked havoc on not just the United States, but also the world. Countless lives have been lost. The United States economy has virtually shut down. Restaurants are closed except for carry-out or delivery. Movie theaters, gyms, you name it. There isn’t one aspect of our daily lives that isn’t being impacted by the spread of the Coronavirus – and that’s even if you haven’t been...

Motorcycle Injury and Death

Posted: August 19, 2015
Did you know that, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), a motorcyclist is more than 35 times more at risk for a fatal accident than the driver of a car? No doubt this is because motorcycles are less visible. Motorcycle riders understand this, which is why, by and large, motorcycle riders engage in safe driving practices much more so than the ordinary driver. But motorcycle injury and death still occurs, and...

What Happens When You Are Injured in a Wreck With A Drunk Driver

Posted: April 3, 2015
Every once in a while, we read a sad story about a drunk driver who got into a wreck and seriously injured or even killed an innocent driver. Drunk driving is an epidemic in Indiana. Since 2003, more than 2,000 people have died on Indiana roads due to drunk drivers. If you or a loved one have become a victim of a drunk driver, what happens after you pick up the pieces after a serious wreck – how do you make your life whole again? You or a loved...

Attorney Fees Recoverable for Wrongful Death in Indiana

Posted: August 24, 2014
In most United States lawsuits (unlike almost every other Western system of justice), each party is responsible to pay its own attorney’s fees, win or lose. This is called the American Rule. There are some important exceptions to the American Rule in Indiana. One of them relates to Indiana’s Wrongful Death statutes. When someone dies because of the negligence of another, Indiana law allows recovery for the wrongful death of that person. One...

The Insurance Company Stopped Returning My Calls!

Posted: July 29, 2014
If you’ve been in a car wreck in Evansville or Southern Indiana, you may try to represent yourself to determine if a fair settlement can be reached before you hire an attorney. Insurance companies are on the lookout for this so they can take advantage. For instance, you may be in regular contact with a friendly insurance adjuster, who asks for updates on your injury and copies of medical bills. But then, all of a sudden, your phone calls aren’t...

Worker’s Compensation and Wrongful Death

Posted: July 23, 2014
Many people may not know this, but if a loved one of yours is tragically killed in a work accident – including a truck accident or car accident – the family of the deceased loved one may be entitled to both worker’s compensation and wrongful death benefits. Evansville, Southern Indiana Attorney Charles Hewins, of the Hewins Law Firm, is able to provide legal assistance to the loved ones of someone who suffered a death while on the job. He can...

I have a personal injury claim. Should I accept the insurance company’s offer?

Posted: May 20, 2014
If you are injured in a car accident and it is the other driver’s fault, the other driver’s insurance company may want to settle with you quickly. One reason they may want to do this is because they want to pay as little money as possible. If they are able to get a settlement before you hire a personal injury lawyer, they may pay less money than they otherwise would have. Whether you should accept a settlement offer depends on a lot of questions...

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