HOUSE BILL No. 1311
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 36-8-9.5.
Synopsis: Medical care for town firefighters. Requires a town to pay
for the care of a full-time, paid firefighter who suffers an injury or
contracts an illness during the performance of the firefighter's duty.
Effective: July 1, 2008.
January 15, 2008, read first time and referred to Committee on Labor and Employment.
Second Regular Session 115th General Assembly (2008)
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HOUSE BILL No. 1311
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 36-8-9.5; (08)IN1311.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 36-8-9.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE
AS A NEW
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2008]:
Chapter 9.5. Care for Injury or Illness of a Firefighter
Sec. 1. A town shall pay for the care of a full-time, paid
(1) suffers an injury; or
(2) contracts an illness;
during the performance of the firefighter's duty.
Sec. 2. A town shall pay for the following expenses incurred by
a firefighter described in section 1 of this chapter:
(1) Medical and surgical care.
(2) Medicines and laboratory, curative, and palliative agents
(3) X-ray, diagnostic, and therapeutic service, including
services during the recovery period.
(4) Hospital and special nursing care if the physician or
surgeon in charge considers the care necessary for proper
Sec. 3. Expenditures required by this chapter shall be paid from
the town general fund.
Sec. 4. A town that has paid for the care of a firefighter under
this chapter has a cause of action for reimbursement of the amount
paid under this chapter against any third party against whom the
firefighter has a cause of action for an injury sustained because of,
or an illness caused by, the third party. The town's cause of action
under this section is in addition to, and not in lieu of, the cause of
action of the firefighter against the third party.