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Justices: Interest forbidden on workers' comp

August 27, 2008

Indiana law doesn't allow collecting interest on Worker's Compensation benefits, including past-due medical bills, the Indiana Supreme Court said today.

The ruling upheld a 2006 decision by the Indiana Workers' Compensation Board. The board denied a request by a dentist who wanted to charge interest on past-due medical bills incurred by treating a patient who received Worker's Compensation benefits from Decatur County Memorial Hospital.

The hospital is in Greensburg, which is between Indianapolis and Cincinnati.

Indiana's Workers' Compensation Act doesn't address whether interest may be awarded on past-due benefits, the court said.

"If a policy consideration suggests that interest on Worker's Compensation awards should be allowed, then the Legislature and not the courts should implement such a policy," Justice Robert Rucker wrote.

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