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Workers’ Compensation Attorney in Las Vegas and Reno, Nevada

Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits to those who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses.

It is also a no-fault insurance program—meaning injured workers and their families will not be able to sue the employer involved for negligence.

Work-related injuries can create many burdens for employees and their families. Shook & Stone’s Las Vegas and Reno workers’ compensation lawyers have helped countless victims and families navigate the claims process and receive the benefits they deserve.

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Understanding the Nevada Workers’ Compensation Claims Process

Injured workers must file claims within 90 days of an accident or within 90 days of discovering an occupational disease.

Here are some common benefits that an injured worker may be entitled to:

  1. Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Temporary total disability compensation is intended for injured employees who are not able to perform their jobs for at least five consecutive days, or five cumulative days in a 20-day period.  The injured worker receives 66 ⅔% of their average monthly wage (AMW) while on TTD.  However, if light duty is available, then the injured worker can go back to work within the restrictions given by the physician.
  2. Temporary Partial Disability (TPD) Temporary partial disability allows workers to make up for their wages while working on light duty.  For example, if the employer is only giving the injured worker 20 hours per week – and that amount does not meet the applicable TTD rate – then the injured worker can be reimbursed up to the TTD rate.
  3. Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
    Once an injured worker has reached a stable place in their recovery and it becomes apparent that they have a permanent partial disability, they can receive a degree rating to classify their disability. PPD compensation will be influenced by several factors—including the date of the injury, medical evaluations, age, and income.
  4. Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Some work injuries are so severe, 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 ⅔% of their AMW.

Understanding Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Nevada

Workers’ compensation benefits will generally cover all medical expenses associated with a work injury or illness. It will also cover lost earnings—usually at a rate of up to two-thirds of the worker’s average monthly wage for the duration of their disability.

Injured employees are entitled to the following workers’ compensation benefits:

  • 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 for treatment

What Does Workers’ Comp Cover?

The Nevada workers’ compensation system covers all injuries and medical conditions associated with the workplace. The only exception may be if a worker intentionally injures themselves, or if the worker was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of their injury. Read more about what workers’ comp covers here.

On-the-Job Accidents

Any type of worker—from an office assistant to a contractor—may be injured on the job. These accidents are covered by workers’ compensation, regardless of who may have been at fault.

Occupational Illness

In addition to work-related injuries, workers’ comp covers 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.


Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim in Nevada

The workers’ compensation claims process is full of legal complexities, regulations, and guidelines that can be extremely frustrating. While injured workers should be focusing on their recovery, Shook & Stone knows that legal matters can create unwelcome burdens.

In order to alleviate stress, and ensure that you will be fairly compensated, a patient and experienced attorney from Shook & Stone can evaluate your case, determine how much you are entitled to, and handle all the necessary legal work on your behalf.

Below are some of the necessary forms that must be filled out in a workers’ compensation claim:

Employer Responsibilities

Employers in Nevada have specific responsibilities when it comes to employee safety and workers’ compensation. Virtually all employers are required to have 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.

Denied Workers’ Compensation Claim

Even the most valid workers’ compensation claims may be denied the first time they are filed. 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 the decision.

Workers’ Compensation Hearings

If you did not receive a response to a workers’ comp request or your claim was denied, you may be able to request a hearing. Workers’ compensation hearings are overseen by hearing officers who consider the evidence and render a fair, impartial decision.

Workers’ Compensation Appeals

If the hearing officer who addressed your denied claim or workers’ comp dispute reached a decision that you do not agree with, you can file an appeal. It will be handled by an Appeals Officer who will independently review evidence that has been separately submitted by both sides. They will then choose to uphold, reverse, or remand the hearing officer’s decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have questions about workers' compensation in Las Vegas and Reno, 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.

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Contact a Las Vegas and Reno Workers’ Compensation Lawyer at Shook & Stone

With more than 85 years of combined legal 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’ compensation claim, call (888) 662-2013​ today.