On-the-Job Accidents in Nevada
Las Vegas Workers' Compensation Lawyer
Accidents happen, and when you consider the average amount of time that
the American adult spends at work, it is no wonder that on-the-job accidents
are a relatively frequent occurrence – for all types of workers.
Whether you work as a dealer in a casino, behind a desk in an office or at a
construction site, you may be in danger of being injured in an accident. It is important
to remember that you may have the right to workers' compensation for
any type of work-related injury, even one that you may have unintentionally caused.
The Nevada workers' compensation system covers virtually all employees
for all occupational injuries and illnesses. This includes injuries caused
by work-related accidents, regardless of fault. This is a no-fault system,
meaning an injured worker does not need to prove that his or her employer
or another employee was to blame for the accident in order to recover
benefits. The injury need only be work-related for the worker to collect
benefits. Some examples of work accidents that may be covered by workers'
compensation include, but are not limited to, the following:
There are some exceptions to the no-fault principle observed in workers'
compensation claims, such as cases where a worker was under the influence
of alcohol or illegal drugs and caused the accident, or where a worker
intentionally harmed himself or herself.
Workers' Comp Benefits for a Workplace Accident
An injured worker may be entitled to medical care and cash benefits for
lost wages, if he or she was injured in a workplace accident. Depending
on the extent of his or her injuries and whether the worker suffers a
temporary total disability, temporary partial disability, permanent partial
disability or permanent total disability:
- The worker may be able to receive benefits for the duration of his or her
- The worker may be entitled to a settlement; or
- The worker may be entitled to monthly payments for the remainder of his
or her life.
Cash benefits paid for on-the-job injuries are meant to provide a worker
for lost earnings while he or she is disabled and unable to work. These
benefits may not exceed two-thirds of a worker's average weekly wage,
to a maximum amount as set forth by law.
Seeking Legal Counsel in Las Vegas, NV
Dealing with a worker's compensation claim may seem fairly straightforward,
particularly considering the fact that it is a no-fault system. Workers
are spared the often difficult task of proving employer negligence or
wrongdoing and are entitled to benefits as long as their injury occurred
at work and in the line of duty, but this does not necessarily mean that
the claims process is easy. A worker may run into difficulty along the
way, in the way of delays, a dispute or even an outright denial of benefits.
Las Vegas workers' compensation attorney can offer legal representation to a worker during the claims process,
from the initial filing of a claim through to the receipt of benefits
– and beyond. In addition to properly filing a claim on time with
all relevant information and documentation, an attorney with experience
in these matters can handle any problems that may arise, protecting an
injured worker's rights. This is the type of legal counsel provided
at Shook & Stone. Our team is committed to helping workers who have
been injured in on-the-job accidents. For a free case review, please call
our offices. We look forward to seeing how we can help you.