Employer responsibility for wages while undergoing treatment for work injuries
Common misconception about pay during treatment
Many employees who are injured at work and seeking medical treatment wonder if they will get paid for hours they miss from work while attending appointments with doctors, physical therapists and other healthcare providers. Indiana law requires that your employer reimburse you for any medical visits that result in time lost at work.
Indiana Code Title 22-3-3-4
It’s not uncommon for employers to say that they are not responsible to pay employees for medical visits related to an on-the-job injury in the first seven days after an incident. This is not correct. According to Indiana Code Title 22-3-3-4, the employer is required to reimburse you if any medical visits result in time lost at work. Reimbursement is based on the calculated average of the employee’s daily earnings over a fixed period of time.
The one thing to keep in mind as you are being treated for your work injury is that you are required to use the physician and care providers that your employer authorizes. As long as you attend the physician authorized by your employer, you are legally required to be paid for the time lost at work due to your medical appointments. (Note: If you don’t believe you are getting the proper care for your injury from the authorized physician, you can file an appeal to the Workers Compensation Board to have an alternate physician assigned to your case.)
Seek the assistance of an experienced workers compensation attorney
If you are not being paid for the time you miss work while attending medical appointments for your work-related injury, contact us to help you navigate your case and get the compensation you deserve. We care about fighting for the rights of injured persons and workers throughout the state of Indiana. Call us today. With offices in Evansville, Indianapolis, Lafayette, New Harmony, and Jeffersonville (Louisville, KY), we are well-equipped to handle your case.