Hewins Law Blog

Why Can’t I Choose My Doctor When I Am Hurt At Work?

Posted: May 3, 2014
If you get hurt at work in Indiana, Indiana’s Worker’s Compensation Law says that the employer has the right to choose your doctor. This may seem unfair, but the employer is given that right because it has to pay for your medical care regardless of whether it is at fault. So, oftentimes, the insurance company will send you to their doctor. There are limits, however. If your worker’s compensation doctor recommends surgery, but the insurance...

Am I entitled to Permanent Total Disability?

Posted: April 15, 2014
One thing my clients often ask me is How can I get Permanent Total Disability under Indiana Worker’s Compensation Law? Or, Do I get PTD if I am badly injured? Permanent Total Disability, or PTD, is reserved for injured Indiana employees whose injuries are so severe that they can no longer work in any employment, and their inability to work is because of a work injury. Some people may think that if they are unable to go back to their previous job...

Indiana Passes New Criminal Expungement Law

Posted: September 30, 2013
Below is the text of an article that I will soon publish in a local magazine.  This is important reading!  Indiana expungement law changed dramatically on July 1, 2013.  A lot of the information you find online may have been published before the new law was passed.  This information is current. If you have looked for a job at any time in recent memory, you know that potential employers can – and do – conduct criminal background checks.  So...

Indiana’s Hospital Lien Statute Amended – Does it Benefit the Injured?

Posted: June 10, 2013
Indiana Senate Bill 005 amends Indiana’s Hospital Lien Statute. At its core, the law remains the same – hospitals can claim a lien against any settlement or judgment that a victim of a personal injury recovers from a negligent defendant. This is an important right for hospitals, because it helps them ensure payment of their outstanding hospital bills. But the recent amendments could work in an injured person’s favor. Among other things, the law...

Heart Attacks and Strokes – Are They Covered Under Indiana Worker’s Compensation Law?

Posted: April 2, 2013
Every once in a while, we hear from workers or the families of workers who have a heart attack at work or a stroke at work. The first question always is this: Is a heart attack or stroke covered under Indiana Worker’s Compensation Law? The answer is: It depends. Suppose an employee, who has a long history of heart disease, goes into work, has a heart attack at the end of his shift, and becomes disabled. His doctor is certain that the heart...

Black Lung Disease

Posted: March 8, 2013
If you have had a career in coal mining, you may very well be suffering from black lung disease, also known as Coalworker’s pneumoconiosis. You may have this disease even if you do not exhibit the most common symptoms, which are shortness of breath and a severe cough. If you do have black lung disease, and it originated from your employment as a coal miner, the Federal Government has implemented a program that guarantees compensation and...

Indiana Court of Appeals Draws The Line on Death Benefits

Posted: March 7, 2013
The Indiana Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion in the case Hill v. Beta Steel Corp. In this case, the employee suffered a back injury while at work in 2004. He received worker’s compensation benefits until 2006, but in 2007 he died in his sleep. The employee’s widow sought death benefits under the Worker’s Compensation Act, but that claim was denied by the Worker’s Compensation Board. The Court of Appeals affirmed, stating that the...

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