- Pursuant to Indiana Code 22-3-43(a), the accident reports and reports of attending physicians are private records of the Board. As such, they will only be released when the request is submitted with a signed authorization from the employee, employer, or their legal representative.
All records of a public agency are public records and must be disclosed upon request, unless the request falls under an exception provided by the Access to Public Records Act (APRA) of Indiana (codified in Indiana Code 5-14-3). A public agency must state that a record falls under an identified APRA exception in order to withhold a specific record.
The APRA requires that all requests for inspection or copying of public records must identify those records with "reasonable particularity." This means a request must include a description of a record of enough detail to allow agency staff to locate and produce the requested record.
Response by Agency:
The APRA requires a public agency to respond to requests within a specified time.
Records that do not exist:
Important Note: This response does not mean that the requested record must be produced at that time. First, the agency must, at a minimum, acknowledge receipt of a request. Second, the record(s), if disclosable, must be produced within a "reasonable time" after the request is received.
Under the APRA, an agency is not required to create any record(s) in response to a request. An agency is only required to disclose existing records.
Public agencies may charge fees for copies. No fees may be charged for inspection.