SS benefits not counted toward threshold amount for benefit eligibility in ISIF

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James Kohlmeyer appeals the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board’s (the Board’s) denial of Kohlmeyer’s petition for payment of benefits from Indiana’s Second Injury Fund. The following issue is dispositive of the appeal: Do Social Security disability benefits count toward the threshold amount of benefits that must be received in order to become eligible for benefits from the Second Injury Fund?
Conclusion (slip op. at 11):  We conclude that the threshold requirement regarding benefits received, as set out in I.C. § 22-3-3-13(h)(2), must be met by considering only Worker’s Compensation benefits. The arguments to the contrary made on behalf of Kohlmeyer are . . . more properly addressed to the General Assembly, inasmuch as they constitute appeals to modify the statute to include benefits from other sources in reaching the threshold. As it currently exists, the statute permits no such interpretation. We also conclude that the Stipulation signed by Kohlmeyer and H.B. Zachry Company and approved by the Board did not include a guarantee that Kohlmeyer would be eligible for Second Injury Fund benefits. Accordingly, the decision of the Board is affirmed.

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