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Indiana Lawmakers Considering Bill To Reform State’s Workers’ Compensation Program

by Staff | 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.

 

Indiana Company Fined For Safety Violations That Led To Injuries

by Staff | December 5th, 2012

December 5, 2012

This past Wednesday, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) announced that it would fine Vectren, Inc., $100,000 for safety violations that resulted in a natural gas explosion last year that seriously injured six people. According to the Claims Journal, the explosion occurred at the company’s New Albany facility at around 4:00 p.m. on November 8, 2011.

The investigation shows that a crew from Miller Pipeline, contracted by Vectren to drill on the property, accidentally ruptured a main gas line while working. Those workers failed to inform anyone of the line breakage. When the gas built up, it was ignited by a spark and the blast occurred. The impact of the explosion was so severe, it damaged a nearby home that had five residents inside. All were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Officials fined the company a total of $25,000 a piece for four safety violations that led to the accident. Those violations included:

  • Failing to follow proper boring protocol
  • Failing to notify emergency personnel of a safety hazard
  • Not properly investigating a suspected gas leak
  • Not engaging in assisting with first responder activities as required by policy

The Workers’ Compensation Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin believe employees have a fundamental right to a safe work environment. That is why the firm’s team of Indiana Disability Lawyers is here to answer any questions if you have been hurt on the job.