Workers’ compensation is an essential no-fault insurance system that provides much needed benefits
to workers whose work-related injuries or illnesses prevent them from
being able to engage in employment and earn a living. Under workers’
compensation, injured employees are eligible to recover medical benefits
and benefits for wage supplementation, both of which are essential to
a worker who requires treatment and is unable to earn income.
At Shook & Stone, our Las Vegas workers’ compensation lawyers
have helped numerous hard-working women and men throughout the state of
Nevada when they suffered injuries on the job. With decades of combined
experience, our legal team is able to fully educate our clients about
the workers’ comp system, their rights, and what benefits they may
be able to secure. In every case we handle, we also strive to ensure full
and fair benefits are secured as swiftly as possible.
Aside from benefits for medical treatment, injured workers have a right
to recover financial wage supplementation. How these benefits are awarded
will depend on the nature of a worker’s disability. For example,
injured workers will be classified according to their disability:
Temporary Total Disability – Temporary total disability (TTD) is a classification for workers
whose injuries prevent them from engaging in employment for 5 or more
days in a role, or for 5 total days in a period of 20 days. Physicians
must support the nature of a workers’ injuries with medical documentation.
When classified for TTD, workers will be able to receive benefits at 66
2/3 percent of the average wage they earn in a month. The maximum yearly
amount is capped, however. In 2012, the annual cap for TTD benefits was
Permanent Partial Disability – Injured workers who obtain ongoing treatment for their work injuries
may not always make a full recovery. When it is determined by a doctor
that a worker sustained a permanent partial disability (PPD), the extent
of their disability and how it affects their ability to work will determine
the amount of benefits they receive. Benefits for permanent partial disability
are calculated on .6% of average monthly wages.
Permanent Total Disability – When workers suffer from a permanent total disability and are
unable to engage in any type of work, they can receive benefits at a rate
of 66 2/3 of their monthly average income. These benefits are awarded
for as long as a worker is unable to secure employment. Being classified
under permanent total disability can be a challenging process, which is
why working with experienced attorneys and providing full medical documentation
Death Benefits – In addition to providing benefits to injured workers, Nevada workers’
compensation also provides benefits to families of workers who were lost
in fatal workplace accidents. Under state law, certain eligible family
members of the deceased worker will receive benefits for funeral expenses,
in addition to 66 2/3 of their average monthly income.
Workers’ compensation provides the crucial safety net victims and
their families need following work accidents, but navigating the system
and securing a successful resolution is not always an easy matter. At
Shook & Stone, we help clients navigate all aspects of workers’
compensation cases and handle the legal work while they focus on recovering.
If you have questions about the types of benefits available under workers’
compensation and what you may be eligible to recover based on your unique
situation, our legal team is readily available to review your case and
answer any questions you may have.
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