Representing The Injured On The Job In Nevada
Suffering an injury is stressful enough. When you suffer an on-the-job injury or illness you have the added anxiety of how your injury could affect your job and how your employer is going to treat you. At Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, we don’t want you to worry. You should be focused on your recovery—that’s all.
Our Las Vegas workers’ comp lawyers can handle all the details of your claim, so you can focus on getting better. That’s what we’re here for. We work hard on your case and put in the extra hours, so you don’t have to. If you’ve been hurt on the job, give our workers’ comp lawyers a call at (702) 213-9779 or fill out a free initial consultation form now.
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Work-Related Injuries Resources
The timeline of a personal injury case can be complex and emotionally draining. At the Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, we have a proven Case Resolution Process to ensure our team is communicating and preparing you for each stage and the best possible settlement.
When you’re trying to recover from an on-the-job injury, there are benefits available to support you. Through workers’ compensation, you may be entitled to the following:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses (can include travel/mileage)
- Rehabilitation costs
- Vocational rehabilitation
The amount of compensation you receive for missed time from work is based on the severity of your injuries and your ability to return work as determined by a physician. If you qualify for benefits, you could be entitled to compensation for:
Temporary Total Disability (TTD)
When you’re unable to work five consecutive days or five total days in a 20-day work week
Temporary Partial Disability (TPD)
If you return to work and the wage you receive is less than the TTD amount you’re receiving, TPD is used to make up the difference
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
When you’ve suffered a permanent loss of function in a body part that hinders your ability to work
Permanent Total Disability (PTD)
If your condition is considered permanent and you’re unable to return to work
Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
If you need help determining whether you’re eligible for workers’ compensation benefits after suffering an on-the-job injury or illness, contact Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm. We have nearly 40 years of experience, and our team is committed to protecting your rights.
How Did Your Accident Occur?
Even if your injury was partially your fault, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation if you suffered a work-related injury or illness as a result of:
- A preexisting condition
- A slip and fall accident
- A work-sponsored event
- An auto accident in a company vehicle (for work-related purposes)
- Exposure to chemical/toxic materials
- Malfunctioning machinery or company products
- Mental or physical demands of the job
- Walking into/leaving the workplace
Workers’ compensation may not cover injuries caused:
- After termination of employment
- As a result of intoxication (alcohol or drug related)
- By self-infliction
When you’ve suffered a work-related injury or illness, it’s your responsibility to inform your employer of the incident. After you’ve reported your accident, you should get proper medical care and concentrate on your recovery—that’s all you need to do.
Reporting an Injury
To notify your employer of an injury or illness, you have to fill out a Notice of Injury or Occupational Disease report within seven days of the accident.
You should also complete an Employee’s Claim for Compensation report, if you’re making a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. Your employer should be able to provide you with both forms.
In addition to providing a safe working environment for all employees, employers are responsible for:
- Displaying workers’ compensation insurance coverage information
- Supplying first aid treatment to injured workers
- Providing all necessary paperwork to file an injury report and workers’ compensation claim
- Sharing all medical provider options with injured employees
- Completing the Employer’s Report of Injury or Occupational Disease
Filing a claim
We usually get cases as claims that have already been opened, but there are instances when an injured employee will call us from the hospital or immediately after the injury takes place.
And we’ll assist in making sure that all the proper forms are filled out and submitted to the insurance company in the proper time frame. Even getting injured while driving a forklift can cause serious injury.
The way the workers’ compensation law is in Nevada, there are some required deadlines and certain forms and certain notifications that need to be turned in to the employer and the insurance company. We make sure that those deadlines are met in order to not jeopardize the claim for the injured employee.
Appeal a claim
An attorney can help appeal in the fact that we know the rules, we know what the law requires, and are there to be the voice for the client. They usually, in an appeal, will be going against another attorney, so why would you go up against an attorney who does that for a living without counsel as well?
And that’s where we step in. We step in to make sure that all the evidence is submitted to the appeals officer and the hearings officer, so that they have the proper documentation, the full picture given to them—not just the skewed picture that the other side gives them. And we’re able to voice, like I said, be the voice for the client and apply what the client wants us to say to the law and help them win their case at that point.
WORKERS’ COMP FAQ
How can a Las Vegas workers’ comp lawyer help my claim?
At Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm, we worry about all the details surrounding your claim, so you don’t have to. Our lawyers will deal with the insurance company and review all your paperwork to make sure you get everything completed and filed on time. Whether you need help filing a claim or you’ve been denied benefits and want to make an appeal, give us a call at (702) 444-4444.
What benefits can I receive through workers’ compensation if I’ve been injured?
If you suffered an on-the-job injury, there are a number of benefits you may be entitled to, including:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses (can include travel/mileage)
- Rehabilitation costs
- Vocational Rehabilitation
Should I notify my employer if I’ve suffered a work-related injury or illness?
Yes. When you’ve been hurt on the job, you must notify your employer of the incident and complete a Notice of Injury or Occupational Disease report within seven days of when the injury or illness occurred.
Can I get workers’ compensation benefits if I suffered an injury in a company vehicle?
Yes. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if you were injured in an auto accident in a company vehicle for work-related purposes; however, you may be excluded from benefits if you were driving the company vehicle for personal purposes.
How long after I file a workers’ compensation claim will I know if I’ve been approved or denied benefits?
After you’ve filed a workers’ compensation claim with the insurance company, you should be notified within 30 days if your claim was approved or denied. If you’re denied benefits, you will also be notified of your rights to appeal the claim and the deadline to do so.
Does my employer have to provide workers’ compensation coverage?
With a few exceptions, employers in the state of Nevada that have one or more employees must provide workers’ compensation coverage. If you need to verify that your employer has coverage, visit the Nevada Department of Industrial Relations website.
If my work-related accident was partially my fault, can I still receive benefits?
Even if your illness or injury was partially your fault, you may still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The lawyers at Richard Harris Personal Injury Law Firm can evaluate the circumstances of your claim and explain what options are available to you. Fill out a free initial consultation form today to tell us about your accident.
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