Injured victims who are seeking workers’ compensation benefits in Las Vegas must show that their injury or illness is work-related in order to recover those benefits. When is an injury work-related? If you were injured or suffered an illness as a result of a job you were performing for the benefit of your employer, you can receive workers’ compensation benefits as long as you meet other eligibility requirements. Although you may think that this is a straightforward issue, there are several gray areas that could make these laws complex and challenging to understand.
Some injuries are considered work-related and others are not. For example, if you are injured at a company sponsored or company held event, such as a softball game or a picnic, you may be able to claim workers’ compensation benefits. However, if your injury occurs while you are commuting to or from work or when you are outside on your lunch break, then you may not be covered. If you are traveling during the course of your work day, then you will likely be covered.
If you have a preexisting condition and it worsens because of your job, then the injury could be covered by workers’ compensation. If your job causes injuries or illnesses, such as knee injuries, hearing loss, mesothelioma, or cancer caused by toxic exposure, then those injuries and illnesses could be covered under workers’ compensation.
It can be challenging to prove that an injury or illness was caused during the course of employment. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, an experienced Las Vegas injury attorney at Shook & Stone can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us at 702-570-0000 for a free and comprehensive consultation.