At the Indiana law firm of the Boughter Law Office, we assist injured workers at all stages of a workers' compensation claim in an effort to maximize settlements. In many cases, our office will advance the cost of obtaining a second medical opinion, also known as an independent medical examination, in an effort to double check the workers' compensation physician and to determine whether any further treatment is indicated, as well as to assess an appropriate permanent partial impairment rating (PPI rating). Trust a skilled lawyer to fight on your side.
Do not be intimidated. Your employer and the insurance carrier will likely try to stall or deny compensation. Many times employees are released prematurely. We have the experience necessary to aggressively fight for your rights to workers' compensation benefits. Put a fighter on your side!
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Why are so many people moving to Indiana from Illinois? According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 20,000 Illinoisans moved to Indiana in 2015 alone. That’s the equivalent of 54 people relocating to become Hoosiers each day.
This statistic is no anomaly. Over the past 10 years, more than 119,000 Illinois residents crossed over to become official Hoosiers. This steady, decade-long migration from the Land of Lincoln begs the question, “Why are…
Absolutely not. There is never a fee for a consultation.
Will I be billed monthly for any costs?
No. At our discretion, we advance all costs during our representation of you and do not send monthly bills. At the end of our representation, all costs advanced will be clearly itemized for you so you know exactly where every dollar is going.
What’s meant by statute of limitations?
Statute of limitations refers to the need to file a lawsuit within a time limit. In Indiana, most injury cases, such as auto accidents or slip-and-fall claims, have a two-year statute of limitations, but not all. Some lawsuits, such as lawsuits against the government require a notice within a shorter period of time. The time begins to run when a cause of action accrues. A good example is someone negligently running into your car. The statute of limitation begins on the day of the accident. This issue can become more complicated, however. Sometimes, you have no way of knowing that you have a cause of action for years, such as discovering ill effects from taking a medication or being exposed to chemicals. It is important to seek the advice of an attorney and doctor if you suspect that you are having problems but don't know for sure if it relates to the negligence of another or an unreasonably dangerous product.
What am I entitled to recover after an accident?
You may be entitled to a number of different types of damages under Indiana law. Some of the more common types of damages in accident cases are: reasonable and necessary medical expenses, lost earnings, reduced earning capacity in the future, future medical expenses and prescriptions, pain and suffering, and permanent impairment.
Do I have to go to court if I want to recover monetary damages?
Maybe. Your case may settle even before your attorney files a lawsuit; on the other hand, it may go all the way to a trial and a jury verdict. The majority of lawsuits are settled before they get to trial, but what happens in your case depends on the facts, the law and the parties involved.
If the accident was my fault, can I still recover compensation?
Some states have no-fault insurance laws. This means that you may be able to make some recovery of economic damages from your own insurance company. In other states, if your fault is found to be over a certain level, it is more difficult to recover compensation. An attorney in your state can advise you on the rules in your area.
Are there time limits to file a work comp claim?
Like other personal injury cases in Indiana, there are time limits to file your claim. Under the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Act, you have two years from the date of injuto file an Application for Adjustment of Claim with the Indiana Work Comp Board. However, the time to file can be extended if you receive temporary total disability (TTD) benefits. Contact an attorney to see if you still have time to file your claim.
Are all on the job injuries covered by worker’s compensation even if the injury was my fault?
Almost all on the job injuries will be covered. Although many employers do not understand this point, your work comp claim cannot be denied because it was your fault. Work comp is a “no fault” system.
Can I get a settlement for my worker’s compensation claim?
If you are injured on the job and suffer some kind of permanent disability, you are absolutely entitled to a settlement, usually paid in a lump sum. If you simply suffer a strain injury and are back to 100% after treatment or therapy, you may not be entitled to a settlement.
Can my employer fire me while I am receiving worker’s compensation benefits?
Indiana is an “at-will employment” state. This means your employer can fire you and, unfortunately, sometimes that happens. However, if your employer fires you while you are still receiving medical treatment and before you have been released to full duty work by the treating physician, you will likely be entitled to disability benefits.
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