Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Las Vegas
Fighting for Injured Workers Throughout Nevada
At Bertoldo Carter Smith & Cullen, our workers’ compensation attorneys in Las Vegas, Nevada know that getting hurt at work or injured at work creates difficult circumstances. Not only are you injured, but the paperwork, interviews, dictated medical care, and lost wages mount quickly, adding financial stress to an already-challenging situation. Our firm can help provide a clear path to financial recovery, allowing you to focus on your injuries and heal fully while we take on the legal aspects of your claim. We can negotiate with your employer’s insurance company so you don’t have to.
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What Kinds of Injuries & Diseases Are Covered Under Nevada Workers’ Compensation?
The simple answer is every kind of injury or disease is covered if you can show that it arose while you were performing your normal job duties. If you are injured in an on-the-job accident or while carrying our work-related duties, such as lifting a heavy box, those injuries will always be covered as a compensable industrial injury. However, you will need to have a qualified medical professional confirm that your injury is directly related to your employment.
For example, if you are legal secretary and are required to type all day long, and you see a physician who diagnoses you with carpal tunnel syndrome, this will be considered a compensable occupational disease. The important thing to remember is to always report any accidents promptly. Although Nevada law allows seven days to report an accident, the longer you wait to report it, the great the chances the insurer will deny your workers’ compensation claim. With an occupational disease, you should report it to your employer once a physician advises you that your condition is due to your employment.
Workers’ compensation accident and injuries can include, but are not limited to:
- Slip and fall accidents, including neck and spine, shoulder, and knee injuries
- Construction accidents, including falls and crushed-by or -against injuries
- Repetitive motion accidents, including hearing or vision loss and joint/muscle damage
- Factory accidents, including digit loss and amputations
- Workplace violence
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Wrongful death
How to Start a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Nevada
In order to start a claim, you must first report the injury or disease to your employer and fill out a C-1 Notice of Injury form, listing ALL body parts that are affected. After completing that form, you should immediately see a physician to document your injuries. You must visit an authorized medical service provider as dictated by the workman’s compensation policy.
At the doctor’s office, you should be given a C-4 form to fill out what happened and, again, list ALL body parts that are injured. The physician will fill out the bottom portion and send it to the insurer to begin the process of accepting or denying your claim. If you have any questions, you should seek advice from a Las Vegas workers’ compensation attorney who can assist you with your claim.
Are All Nevada Employers Required to Carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance?
Yes; as outlined in the Nevada Division of Industrial Relations’ Workers’ Compensation Employer Guide, all Nevada employers with one or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance.
If a company is found in violation of this law they may be subject to:
- Administrative fines up to $15,000
- Premium penalties
- Full financial responsibility for any injuries that occur while uninsured
- Business closure until insurance is obtained
- Criminal penalties for claims resulting in substantial bodily harm or death
What If an Employer Requires Employees to Obtain Their Own Workers’ Compensation Insurance?
According to the Nevada Department of Business and Industry, a business cannot require employees to obtain their own workers’ compensation policies. The cost of workers’ compensation cannot be charged to employees—in any amount. The employer must shoulder all the costs of the policy.
What If I Am Hurt at Work, but No One Witnesses the Accident?
Nevada is a no-fault workers’ compensation state, which means you do not have to prove your employer was negligent or otherwise at fault in order to pursue workers’ compensation. This allows employees protection from injury, even if they are hurt without a witness to corroborate the accident.
Like all laws, there are exceptions to the typical application.
When it comes to workers’ compensation, employees are ineligible for benefits if it is proven that the injured employee:
- Was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident
- Deliberately caused the accident that resulted in injury
What Type of Workers’ Compensation Benefits Can I Receive?
Under Nevada workers’ compensation laws, eligible employees who are hurt at work are entitled to compensation for:
- Medical treatment
- Lost compensation and potential wages/earnings
- Permanent partial or total disability
- Vocational rehabilitation
What Are Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits?
Dependent benefits in the event of death are part of the Nevada workers’ compensation laws. Obtaining workers’ compensation death benefits will require legal representation to ensure your interests are protected, and that your claim is not denied by the insurance carrier before it is investigated. Our Las Vegas workers’ compensation lawyers will lead the charge in developing a case that helps you recover from your tragic loss.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
Workers’ compensation claims involve considerable paperwork, strict deadlines, medical coverage mandates, employer interaction, insurance representative interviews, and potential bureaucratic delays. With our skilled attorneys by your side, we can help you seek the best medical care and provide direction on the best ways to heal fully before being ordered back to work. When you are hurt at work, your livelihood is at stake every second you are losing wages. We can help you and your family focus on the best approach to pursuing the maximum coverage and financial recovery without delays, confusion, or anxiety.
Call our accomplished Las Vegas, Nevada workers’ compensation attorneys to schedule a free consultation. We will start your claim filing process immediately and allow you to rest easy knowing your workman injury case is in good hands.
Call our office at (702) 505-8115 or contact us online today.
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