May 8th, 2013|
May 8, 2013
In an effort to cut costs associated with Indiana Workers’ Compensation Benefits, lawmakers are urging Governor Mike Pence to sign into law a bill that was recently approved by the General Assembly.
House Bill 1320 would establish a fee schedule for healthcare costs incurred by those who are injured on the job that would help wrangle in the amount that is spent on medical supplies and devices. According to a story published by Workers Compensation, the bill would hold costs at roughly 200 percent of Medicare. Furthermore, repackaged drugs would not be sold for more than the average wholesale price of the item, which is established by the original manufacturer. Medical facilities wouldn’t be allowed to charge more than the cost of a device that is implanted, plus 25 percent, under the new law.
Such regulations have been deemed a success in states that currently have similar laws.
A decision from the governor as to whether or not he will sign the bill into law is expected to be made in the next several weeks.
Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin and their team of Terre Haute Personal Injury Lawyers acknowledge how complex the laws surrounding receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits can be. That’s why the firm urges anyone who is considering applying for benefits or who has had their claim denied in the past discuss their legal rights and options with an attorney as soon as possible.
February 27th, 2013|
February 27, 2013
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics show that healthcare workers make up a large portion of employees who sustain work-related accidents. In fact, the healthcare industry has the second highest rating in the state when it comes to workplace accidents and injuries resulting in claims for Indiana Workers’ Compensation. According to the Indiana Department of Labor, those numbers were a major driving force behind the implementation of a new safety initiative being launched in the industry statewide.
The initiative is aimed at educating workers about some of the most common causes of accidents that are recorded in the healthcare industry. These include:
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Repetitive Stress Injury
- Accidental Needle Sticks
- Exposure to Blood-Borne Pathogens
The first in a series of educational events and conferences was held at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Indiana, on February 5. During the conference, officials announced several plans to educate workers about the dangerous employees in the healthcare industry face and how prioritizing workplace safety will create a better work environment and cut costs.
The initiative will also put healthcare facilities and their staff in touch with available resources, such as articles, flyers, and public service announcements, to make the workplace safer.
The Terre Haute Personal Injury Attorneys at the law firm of Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin are hopeful the initiative will be successful in reducing the number of workplace accidents reported in the state of Indiana.
November 7th, 2012|
November 7, 2012
A ruling from the Indiana Court of Appeals found that an injured worker’s claim should not be immediately dismissed because a claim for the same incident was settled in another state.
Risk & Insurance reported that a Wisconsin man was hired by an insurance company to investigate fraud in Indiana. While traveling in Indiana on business, the man was involved in a car accident that left him with serious injuries. He then filed both an Indiana Workers’ Compensation claim as well as a claim in Wisconsin because the company he worked for used separate insurance providers in both states. The claim in Wisconsin was settled for $100,000, which prompted the insurance company in Indiana to throw out his claim.
The Court of Appeals ruled though that the claim could not be barred just because a settlement was reached in Wisconsin rather than the company offering a unilateral, voluntary payment to the injured employee. The court maintained the Indiana insurer was involved in the Wisconsin settlement decision as well and could have included a clause preventing the second claim from being made.
The Indiana Disability Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin have a firm understanding of the complexities of the process of filing an workers’ compensation claim and are here to answer any questions you may have regarding a claim you are preparing to file or that has been denied in the past.