Huntington, IN asked in Workers' Compensation for Indiana

Q: Indiana Workers’ Compensation Act covers all employees for injuries arisingout of and in the course of employment.

Does this mean I can qualify for my cervical spine surgery that is a result from an accident outside of work? The above statement is from my employee handbook.

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Nathaniel O Hubley
Nathaniel O Hubley
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: Not likely. The accident that occurred outside work would not have arisen out of and in the course of your employment. A lot of times injured workers sustain aggravations to a pre-existing back problem. If the aggravation occurred at work (while lifting something, etc) then it would be covered. You also might be covered under the workers compensation act if you can establish that the repetitive nature of your job (repetitive lifting at work) caused your back injury. Contact a workers compensation attorney for more information or visit my website for additional information about work-related injuries.

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