2019 Indiana Code
Title 10. Public Safety
Article 16. Indiana Military Code
Chapter 7. Training and Active Duty of National Guard; Benefits of Members
10-16-7-18. Injury, disability, or disease in line of duty; medical treatment; medical examiner or board; claims
Sec. 18. (a) A member of the Indiana national guard who:
(1) when on duty or assembled for duty, in case of riot, tumult, breach of peace, insurrection, invasion, public disaster or whenever ordered by the governor, the commanding general of the national guard, or called to the aid of civil authorities, is injured, is disabled, or contracts a disease because of the member's duty or assembly; or
(2) without fault or neglect on that member's part, is wounded or disabled while performing any lawfully ordered duty that temporarily incapacitates the member from pursuing the member's usual business or occupation;
shall, during the period of incapacity, receive the pay to which the member was entitled while on or assembled for duty, plus any actual necessary expenses for care and medical attention.
(b) If a claim is made under this section, the adjutant general may cause examinations of the claimant to be made from time to time by a medical officer designated for that purpose by the adjutant general. The adjutant general may direct the removal of a claimant to and treatment in a hospital designated by the adjutant general. If the claimant refuses:
(1) to allow an examination; or
(2) to go to a designated hospital or to otherwise follow the advice or treatment prescribed;
the claimant forfeits and is barred from all right to any claim or allowance under this section.
(c) Under this chapter:
(1) a disability may not be considered temporary if the disability continues for more than one (1) year from the date of receiving the injury or of incurring or contracting the disease or disability; and
(2) pay and expenses for care and medical attendance for more than one (1) year is not allowed.
(d) The adjutant general may appoint a medical examiner or a board of three (3) officers, at least one (1) being a medical officer, to inquire into the merits of any claim arising under this section. However, the adjutant general may determine any claim without appointing a medical examiner and fix the amount to be allowed under this section. A medical examiner or board appointed under this section has the same power to take evidence, administer oaths, issue subpoenas and compel witnesses to attend and testify and produce books and papers and punish their failures to do so as is possessed by a general court-martial. The findings of the medical examiner or board are subject to the approval of the adjutant general, who may return the proceedings of the medical examiner or board for revision and for taking further testimony. The amount found due a member by the medical examiner or board and approved by the adjutant general of the state shall be paid by the state in the same manner as other military accounts are paid.
[Pre-2003 Recodification Citation: 10-2-4-18.]
As added by P.L.2-2003, SEC.7.