In the state of Nevada, workers’ compensation benefits are clearly outlined, allowing those who are hurt at work to obtain the relevant compensation they deserve from an injury or illness which was sustained during their employment. Workers’ compensation benefits may also extend to family members who have lost a loved one who was killed on the job. In order to obtain these benefits, insurance companies and their representatives will require exhausting procedures to be followed prior to considering your claims validity. If your claim is denied, the impact can be life-altering, leaving you and your family to suffer not only with the injury incurred, but the financial setback that comes with lost wages and medical expenses.
At Bertoldo, Baker, Carter and Smith, our Las Vegas workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to helping injured workers and their families recover the compensation they deserve for their injuries. We provide free confidential consultations that allow you to understand your rights fully so you can get the financial help you deserve.
Obtaining Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ Compensation benefits are provided by insurance companies, not your actual employer. When a claim is submitted, it will be directed to the insurance company representatives for review. This requires each step in the process to be completed accurately the first time around, so rejection on a technicality does not become an issue going forward.
The laws governing workers’ compensation benefits in Las Vegas state that a person who is injured while at work must submit a written notice to his or her employer within seven days of the accident.
If the injury requires medical treatment of any kind, the injured worker must take care to have their physician submit a “Claim for Compensation” (Form C-4) within three business days of their treatment.
If you have been injured at work, it is imperative that you contact one of our accomplished workers’ compensation benefits attorneys as soon as possible, so we can instruct you on how to proceed properly with your claim. The terminology of the forms can cause confusion, and the deadlines imposed by the insurance companies can create obstacles that our attorneys can leap without issue.
Gaining these benefits begins with a confident approach to filing your claim, and when our attorneys are in charge of the submission process, you can focus on healing. We are here to provide you and your family with protection so your best interests are made clear to the insurance companies immediately.
Temporary and Permanent Disability Benefits Explained
If your injury prevents you from working, and earning an income for you and your family’s survival, you could qualify for temporary or permanent disability benefits, which may include:
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD): Workers may qualify to receive TTD if they are ordered, by their doctor, not to work for at least five consecutive days.
- Temporary Partial Disability (TPD): Workers may qualify for TPD if they are making less money than they are entitled to once they go back to work after injury. This is the case when your injury precludes you from working at your earning level, creating an inferior position with less pay as a result.
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD): Workers may be entitled to PPD if a permanent disability is discovered as a result of the workplace accident. If this is the case, the financial recovery will be based on the following factors: age, date of the injury, and the amount of money you were making prior to the injury.
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD): Workers may qualify to receive PTD if your physician deems you as being disabled. Workers who are deemed disable could receive benefits each month, totaling over 66% of your average monthly income.
If you are injured in any capacity and your disability does not allow you to pursue a normal course of employment, you could be entitled to vocational rehabilitee services that will prepare you for a new position or completely new line of work.