Indiana Worker’s Compensation

Failure to take the necessary steps to protect the employee and his/her co-workers may lead to consequences for the employer. According to the Indiana Worker’s Compensation handbook, psychological injuries or mental stress injuries are potentially compensable. These include a physical injury caused by psychological trauma assuming that the stimulus or stress arises out of an in the course of employment; where there has been a physical worker’s compensation injury and the injured worker’s disability is prolonged or impairment is increased by accompanying psychological dysfunction, the full extent of disability and impairment may be compensable; and preexisting psychological shortcomings and weakness of the injured worker which are aggravated or precipitated by physical injury and trauma may be found to be compensable to the full extent of the aggravation of the pre-existing psychological dysfunction. Co-employee assaults are generally covered for the innocent victim of the assault[1].

[1] www.in.gov/wcb/files/HANDBK2007.doc