Connersville, IN asked in Workers' Compensation for Indiana

Q: I was at work holding a students hand lightly when he grabbed my hand with both his hands and fell to the floor.

He caused my shoulder to sprain. Can I get a payment from workers comp for the injury?

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Charles Candiano
Charles Candiano
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Chicago, IL
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: Your question is very oddly phrased. If you sustained an injury as diagnosed by your physician, by the means that you explained, you have clearly sustained a work injury. If you timely report this injury to your employer, you have a solid Worker's Compensation claim which means that you are entitled to any necessary medical care and if you need to be off work for longer than seven days, you are entitled to receive temporary total disability benefits. In Indiana, once your injury has healed, the doctor repairs something called a PPI (permanent partial impairment rating). A "sprain" is likely to result in a very low PPI score which equates to very little recovery for you. If the PPI rating zero, you get zero dollars.

That is the most concise way that I can answer your question. If there is anything else you wanted to know or if there is some aspect that I neglected to cover, please do not hesitate to ask.

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