What Documents Do I File for Workers' Compensation in Indiana?
The appropriate info to file, and before their deadlines
on July 22, 2019
Updated on February 8, 2021
Unfortunately, workplace injuries remain a serious public health problem in Indiana. According to the most recent comprehensive report from the Indiana Department of Labor, the state’s workplace injury rate has been higher than the national average for more than a decade.
All injured workers in our state need comprehensive medical care and access to adequate financial support. Through a workers’ compensation claim, injured employees can seek coverage for all reasonable and necessary medical expenses and compensation for lost wages.
However, obtaining full and fair workers’ compensation benefits is not always easy. To do so, an injured worker must file all of the required documents before the relevant deadlines.
You Have a Limited Amount of Time to Seek Workers’ Comp Benefits in Indiana
If you or your loved one was hurt on the job in Indiana, it is essential that you take immediate action to protect your legal rights and financial interests. There are two key Indiana workers’ comp claims deadlines that you should know. First, you must report your injuries to your employer, in writing, within 30 days of the accident. Failure to report your injuries could result in you being denied benefits. Additionally, you have two years to file an Indiana workers’ compensation claim. Once again, failure to comply with this deadline is likely to result in your claim being denied.
An Overview of the Paperwork
To file for workers’ compensation in Indiana, you need to make sure that all of your documents, records and paperwork are in proper order. There are three key types of documents that you must obtain and submit:
- First Report of Injury: For a workers’ compensation claim to proceed, an injured worker must complete and submit the First Report of Injury form. Also known as State Form 34401, this document will ask for basic facts about your injuries and/or accident. Your employer should submit this, as well as provide you with a copy. If you were hurt on the job and have not received said form, call an Indiana workers’ compensation lawyer immediately.
- Medical Records: Injured employees require immediate medical attention. In Indiana, you cannot obtain workers’ compensation benefits without first seeing a doctor; no medical records, no benefits. It is best to find a doctor who has treated injured workers in the past, as, without well-organized medical records, it will be far more difficult to pursue full and fair workers’ comp benefits.
- Additional Workers’ Comp Forms: Indiana workers’ comp claims vary widely from case to case. Some injured workers may be able to obtain their benefits relatively easily, while, in other cases, additional workers’ comp forms may need to be filed to get a claim resolved. You may be required to ask for a wider review of your claim to get the maximum available compensation.
All workers’ compensation application forms are available online through the Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana. If you have any specific questions about completing one of these forms or work injury claims in general, you should not hesitate to reach out to an experienced Indiana workers’ compensation lawyer for assistance. If you'd like to know more about this area, read our workers' compensation law overview.