Introduced Version






HOUSE BILL No. 1311

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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.





GiaQuinta, Tyler




    January 15, 2008, read first time and referred to Committee on Labor and Employment.







Introduced

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 public safety.

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 firefighter who:
        (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 and means.
        (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 recovery.
    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.