State Rep. Chuck Moseley, D-Portage, worked on legislation sent to the
governor that helps protect injured Indiana workers.
House Bill 1320 has been approved by the Indiana General Assembly and now
only needs the governor’s signature. With the passage of this bill, Hoosiers
will see the first benefit increase for injured workers compensation to pass
the Indiana General Assembly since 2006. “This bill raises the cap on wages,
which are used to calculate the weekly benefit for workers while they are
unable to work due to a workplace injury,” Moseley explained. “This means
that more workers will receive about two thirds of their actual wages in
compensation until they are able to return to work.”
Additionally, HB 1320 increases the amount of compensation a worker receives
for workplace injuries for permanent partial impairment, which is when the
function of a body part is permanently damaged, Moseley said.
The compensation increases range from about 18 to 25 percent depending on
the degree of impairment a worker suffers.