If you have contracted an injury or illness and cannot return to work,
you know the devastation it can cause. With the physical or mental injury
comes thousands of dollars in medical bills, financial difficulties, and
career pauses—not to mention the damage to your overall well-being.
The good news is that the state of Nevada has laws in place to ensure that
workers receive fair
short-term disability or temporary partial disability (TPD) benefits if they are injured and
cannot return to work. Through Nevada’s worker’s compensation
and disability laws, you can
receive financial compensation for the injuries you have suffered, whether the injury is temporary or
permanent. And with these benefits, you can ensure that you make it back
to work as soon as you can.
In this article, we will go over the short-term disability and temporary
partial disability benefits in Nevada, and how you can receive fair compensation
if you have been injured to the point that you cannot work.
What Are Short-Term Disability Benefits?
Short-term disability exists to assist workers if they become injured to the point where they
can no longer work for a specified amount of time. Short-term disability
benefits make up for wages that may be lost if the worker is no longer
able to perform their work duties. Medical bills may be covered by worker’s
If you were injured to the point where you can no longer work, it is imperative that you
file for short-term disability benefits as soon as possible so that you can receive benefits right when you need
them. Once filed, injured workers usually start receiving benefits in
one to 14 days. Until these benefits kick in, injured workers may need
to use paid time off or sick days.
How Are My Short-Term Disability Benefits Calculated?
To calculate your
short-term disability benefits, you will need to determine the difference between your post-injury wages
and your short-term disability benefits. In the state of Nevada, short-term
disability benefits are generally 67 percent of the worker’s lost
wages. Benefits can be received for 24 months at most.
For example, a worker normally earns $1,800 per month but is currently
working at a light-duty job following an injury, earning $1,000 each week.
If the worker was not able to work at all, their temporary total disability
rate would be $1,200, or two-thirds of $1,800. They would then receive
the difference between $1,200 and $1,000, or $200 per month.
When Am I Eligible for Short-Term Disability?
A worker is
eligible for short-term disability if they have contracted an injury or illness that will prevent them from
performing the regular work duties they performed before the injury or
illness occurred. In some cases, pregnant mothers will also file for short-term
disability to cover them after they give birth. Laws generally allow six
to eight weeks of short-term disability benefits in this situation, depending
on the type of birth and any complications.
You may also be eligible for short-term disability benefits under the following
- You are able to work, but you earn significantly less than you did before
due to your injury.
- You work a temporary, light-duty job at a lower wage because your duties
are different after your injury, or you make the same amount, but your
hours have been reduced.
- You have a permanent job within the restrictions of your injury but at
a different rate of compensation. You hope to reach your previous level
of compensation within the next two years.
- You work multiple jobs, but your injury prevents you from returning to
all of the jobs.
You will continue to receive TPD payments until you are able to return
to work on a full-time basis, or until you receive medical stability.
If your doctor determines that you can return to work with some limitations
pertaining to your injury, and your employer is able to provide you with
part- or full-time work under these new limitations, you will not be eligible for TPD.
When to Hire a Short-Term Disability Lawyer
Navigating the world of short-term disability benefits can be very confusing—and
if you have contracted an illness or injury, time is of the essence.
Short-term disability lawyers are well-versed in the extremely specialized area of worker’s compensation
and disability benefits. A short-term disability lawyer will ensure you
receive the proper compensation and benefits you are entitled to under
With 85 years of combined legal experience, the personal injury lawyers
at Shook & Stone can help you file or appeal your short-term disability
claim. To get the short-term disability benefits you deserve,
contact Shook & Stone for a
free case evaluation at (888) 662-2013.