Las Vegas Workers' Compensation Attorney
Filing a Workers' Comp Claim in Nevada
Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that provides wage replacement
and medical benefits to workers who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses.
Workers' compensation is also a no-fault insurance program, meaning
injured workers and families will not be able to sue their employer for
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Because work-related injuries can create many burdens for workers and their
families, workers' comp benefits are crucial. At Shook & Stone,
our Las Vegas workers' compensation lawyers have helped countless
victims and families navigate the workers' compensation claim process
and receive the benefits they deserved.
You can learn more about specific issues related to workers' compensation
claims in Nevada by reviewing the information included in this portion
of our website. Simply click on any subject highlighted below or to the
left of the screen and you will be directed to a page dedicated to that
specific topic. You are also welcome to call our offices at any time for
a free case review.
Denied Workers' Comp Claim
Not all workers' compensation claims are approved the first time they
are filed, even valid ones. If your claim was denied by your self-insured
employer or your employer's workers' compensation insurance provider,
you can take certain steps to challenge this.
Employers in Nevada have specific responsibilities when it comes to employee
safety and workers' compensation. Virtually all employers are required
to carry workers' comp coverage, and virtually all employees are covered.
If you have questions about whether you may be covered, an attorney at
our firm can help.
Workers' comp covers not only work-related injuries but illnesses
that are caused by workplace exposure or the duties associated with one's
job. This includes cancer, various respiratory and lung conditions, carpal
tunnel syndrome, repetitive motion injuries and more.
Any type of worker, from an office assistant to a contractor, may suffer
injury in a workplace accident. These are covered by workers' compensation,
regardless of who may have been at fault. This is because workers'
comp is provided on a no-fault basis, simplifying the process of a worker
recovering benefits for his or her injuries.
What Workers' Comp Covers
The Nevada workers' compensation system covers all work-related injuries
and illnesses. As long as the injury or medical condition was associated
with work, it should be covered. The only exception may be if a worker
intentionally injures himself or herself, or if the worker was under the
influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of his or her injury.
Workers' Comp Benefits
An injured worker may be entitled to different types of benefits, depending
on the extent of his or her disability. Generally speaking, workers'
comp will cover all medical expenses associated with a work injury or
illness as well as lost earnings, usually at a rate of up to 2/3 of the
worker's average monthly wage for the duration of his or her disability.
Workers' Compensation Hearings
If you received no response to a workers' comp request or your claim
was denied, you may be able to request a hearing. Workers' compensation
hearings are held to resolve disputes and are overseen by Hearing Officers
who consider the evidence at hand and render a fair, impartial decision.
Workers' Compensation Appeals
If the Hearings Officer who addressed your denied claim or workers'
comp dispute reached a decision you do not agree with, you can file an
appeal. This appeal is handled by an Appeals Officer, who will independently
review evidence separately submitted by both sides and then uphold, reverse
or remand the Hearing Officer's decision.
Workers' Comp FAQ
If you have questions about workers' compensation in Nevada, we have
answers. Our frequently asked questions page offers basic insight regarding
some of the most common questions related to workers' compensation,
work accidents and benefits for injured workers.
Workers' Compensation Benefits & Process
The benefits that workers' compensation injured employees are entitled
- Medical treatment
- Lost-time compensation
- Permanent partial disability
- Permanent total disability
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Payment to dependents in the event of death
- Other claims-related benefits or expenses, such as transportation fees
According to NRS § 616C.050, injured workers must file claims within
90 days of an accident or within 90 days of discovering an occupational
disease. Injuries and illnesses can vary in many ways - including the
workplace environment in which it occurred - so claims are usually grouped
into one of four categories. These categories are:
Temporary Total Disability (TTD)
Temporary total disability compensation is intended for injured employees
who are not able to perform their jobs for a period of at least 5 consecutive
days - or 5 cumulative days in a 20-day period. If a worker has a condition
that will limit their ability to work without reasonable accommodations,
they may also be entitled to TTD compensation.
Temporary Partial Disability (TPD)
Temporary partial disability allows workers to make up for their wages
when they are reemployed at less than that the Temporary total disability
compensation they’re entitled to. Workers are only eligible to receive
this type of compensation for a maximum of 24 months.
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
When injured workers reach a stable place in their recovery and it becomes
apparent that they have a permanent partial disability; the employee can
receive a degree rating to classify their permanent partial disability.
PPD compensation will be influenced by a number of factors, including
the date of the injury, medical evaluations, your age, and how much you earn.
Permanent Total Disability (PTD)
In some cases, work injuries are severe and medical professionals will
consider the employee to be permanently and totally disabled. When this
happens, injured employees may receive Permanent Total Disability compensation
at 66.6 percent of their average monthly income.
Workers Compensation Forms
Below are all of the necessary forms that must be filled out when filing
a workers compensation claim:
Contact a Las Vegas Work Injury Lawyer at Shook & Stone
The workers' compensation claim process is full of legal complexities,
regulations, and guidelines that can prove extremely frustrating. At times
when injured workers should be focusing on their recovery, Shook &
Stone knows that legal matters can create unwelcome burdens. In order
to alleviate stress and to ensure that you will be fairly compensated,
a patient and experienced attorney from our firm can evaluate your case,
inform you how much you are entitled to, and handle all the necessary
legal work on your behalf.
With more than 85 years of experience and more than$500 million recovered for our clients since 1997, Shook & Stone is prepared to handle your
workers' compensation claim.
To set up a
free case evaluation or to learn more about your workers' comp, call (888) 662-2013 today.