How does workers' comp work in Indiana?

Indiana has the second lowest rates on workers compensation insurance in the entire country. Still many business owners do not fully understand Workers Compensation Insurance. Here we have broken Work Comp down in to several informational topics to help you understand this required coverage and how it protects your business.

Workers' Compensation Insurance is protection for your business against the costs associated with an injury occurring to one of your employees while on the job. It is legally required in the state of Indiana. Workers Comp provides medical costs and lost wages for the employee, and it protects the business from being liable for injuries that occur as a normal part of business operations.

Workers' Comp Rules & Information for Indiana

State Insurance Directives Regarding Covid-19

IN “requests” insurers to institute a moratorium on policy cancellations and nonrenewals due to non-payment of premium to allow a 60-day grace period for any premium due between March 19, 2020 – May 18, 2020.  Also, IN is providing a 60-day grace period for premium tax filings and surplus lines premium tax filings.

Discretionary order in effect from 03/26/2020 - 05/18/2020

State Orders Regarding Insurance Claims Related to Coronavirus

No current state orders.

Indiana Compensation Rating Bureau

5920 Castleway West Drive
PO Box 50400
Indianapolis, IN 46250

What is Workers' Compensation?

The basic purpose of the Workers’ Compensation is to provide wage replacement benefits and medical treatment for employees who have been injured or become ill due to a work-related injury or illness. It prevents the employer from bearing the costs of injuries that occur during normal business operations.

Registering with the State Board.

All independent contractors in the construction trade are required to register with the Indiana Workers' Compensation Board. Independent contractors in the building and/or construction trades are required to become certified with the Indiana Workers' Compensation Board. Injuries occurring while working as an independent contractor will NOT be covered by workers' compensation. However, injuries sustained while working as an employee might be covered.

How does workers comp help my employee?

Employees benefit from workers comp coverage by having lost wages covered while they are hurt or sick and not able to work. It also pays for medical costs they might incur as a result of the sickness or injury.

Illinois Workers Comp Rates

Average rates on workers' compensation insurance in Indiana were the second cheapest in the country last year (43 percent lower than the national average). Rates are actually down five percent just in the last two years. Rates remain low because of strong competition on the open market and the presence of an assigned risk provider. Indiana Compensation Rating Bureau (ICRB) is the assigned risk provider in the state of Indiana. Typically states with an assigned risk provider enjoy lower rates on workers' compensation coverage than stay who do not.

How does workers comp help my business?

Your business benefits by not being liable for injuries that occur as a part of normal business operations. This applies whether the injury was the fault of the business or was caused by negligent actions of the employee.

More Programs and Options

We're always working with our insurance carriers to develop specialized programs for a broad range of industry class codes. Our Target Programs are designed to streamline the underwriting process and help ensure we offer the lowest rates available anywhere.

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Indiana Work Comp Information

Indiana Compensation Rating Bureau (ICRB)

Indiana is not a NCCI state. They use the ICRB as the assigned risk and to establish rates. The ICRB does use NCCI for ratemaking and uses the NCCI basic manual, but ICRB does not always follow NCCI classifications. For confirmation on classifications always check with ICRB.

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What Does Workers' Compensation Insurance Cover?

Workers' comp coverage protects employees when injured. It makes good financial sense for both parties.
Injuries and accidents happen. A workers' comp policy is a no-fault system that pays for these accidents and claims. It's required by law in most states.
  • Loss of income for employees unable to perform job duties
  • Medical expenses for employees injured on the job
  • Retraining expenses for employees unable to return
  • Permanent injury or disability for lasting injuries
  • Survivor benefits if employees are killed on the job
Coverage does not protect employers from everything. Sometimes employees and employers can be negligent.
In some instances, workers' compensation coverage will not protect employers or employees from the legal liability resulting from a workplace injury.
  • Injuries resulting from a violation of the law
  • Incidents resulting from employees' use fo drugs or alcohol
  • Injuries that did not occur in connection with the job
  • Clear company policy violations
  • Injuries that did not occur in connection with the job

Workers' Comp Includes Employers Liability Insurance?

Employers liability insurance is an additional layer of coverage included as part of a workers' compensation insurance policy. Employers Liability is know as Part 2 of the policy. It adds two additional coverages for employers:

Employers Legal Liability and Legal Defense Costs

In todays world, there are a variety of reasons employees and third-parties sue employers for damages. Here a some common types covered by employers liability insurance:

Third Party Lawsuits

Your employee sues another party that may have contributed to the injury, In turn, the third party sues your business.

Consequential Bodily Injury

Another party or individual is injured while providing care for the injured employee.

Dual Capacity Legal Action

An employee files a claim but also attempts to sue the employer for being responsible in other ways outside of the employment relationship.

Loss of Consortium

A spouse sues for damages caused by the loss of companionship or relations.

Employers Liability coverage is not included with coverage in the four monopolistic states. Employers in these states can endorse this coverage onto their General Liability policy. That coverage is commonly know as Stop Gap Coverage.

Visit NCCI for more resources and information about workers' compensation class codes. Visit United States Department of Labor for more information about government agencies managing workers compensation insurance rates.

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