If you were hurt at work, you might be wondering what workers’ compensation benefits are available to support you during your recovery. Give us a call to schedule a complimentary consult and we’ll evaluate your situation to see what you might be eligible to recover. In the meantime, here’s an overview of the benefits you might expect to receive if your claim is successful.
Under the Nevada workers’ compensation system, people who suffer accidents or exposures on the job may be entitled to the following benefits.
You are entitled to full medical treatment for your work-related injuries. Doctor visits, including those with outpatient specialists, are covered as long as you use approved providers. Ambulance bills, emergency room visits, and hospital stays are also covered. If you need in-home care, special equipment, medications, or medical supplies because of your condition, workers’ comp insurance will typically foot the bill. In some cases, we may even be able to get you money to cover your transportation costs to and from your appointments.
If your injuries temporarily prevent you from earning as much as you would make if you were determined to be temporarily totally disabled, you may be eligible for TPD payments to make up the difference for up to 24 months.
TTD is available to workers who are temporarily unable to return to work for five consecutive days our five cumulative days in a 20 day period due to on the job injuries. When you qualify for TTD, you will receive 66 ⅔ percent of your average monthly wages until:
PPD claims make up more than half of workers’ comp claims nationwide. Permanent Partial is awarded when you are determined to have a condition that renders you partially disabled and you’re not expected to improve. Common examples include the loss of an arm or leg, the loss of the use of a hand, or the loss of vision in one eye.
When it is determined that you have a permanent partial disability, your employer will need to schedule an evaluation with a rating doctor to determine the level of compensation you may receive. While some workers receive a lump sum payment to settle a PPD award, others receive monthly payments for five years or until the age of 70- whichever is later.
When you are hurt so severely that you are unable to return to any kind of work and you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), you may be able to receive monthly payments that equal 66 ⅔ percent of your average monthly pay.
If your condition prevents you from working in your previous job, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation benefits so you can learn new skills.
If you are a qualifying family member of someone who was killed on the job, you might be able to recover death benefits. In addition to the workers’ compensation settlement your loved one would have received, you may be entitled to burial expenses of up to $10,000.
Under the workers’ compensation laws in Nevada, workers are prohibited from suing their employers for work-related illnesses or injuries. If another party played a role in the accident or exposure that caused your injuries, however, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the wrongdoer. You may be able to get money from the manufacturers of faulty equipment, other drivers who cause a work-related auto accident, vendors who are responsible for the installation or upkeep of equipment, suppliers, and even architects and engineers who designed dangerous buildings.
Give us a call to find out what your work injury claim could be worth. We’ll assess the damages, consider all parties who could be held liable, go over some numbers, and provide you with an accurate estimate of how much you’re owed.
March 18, 2020 Udpate.
We have just been given notice that all Hearings and Appeals have been vacated and are off calendar by order the Senior Appeals Officer from the Nevada Department of Administration. It is unknown when the reset dates will occur.
March 17, 2020 Update.
As efforts concerning the containment of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) continue to evolve here in the U.S. and around the world, we want to assure you that Jason D. Mills & Associates remains committed to three important priorities:
Our offices remain open for business; however, we encourage all existing clients to help us limit exposure and the potential spread of COVID-19 by avoiding in-office meetings. We remain open for business virtually during normally scheduled work hours (9:00 am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday). All email, fax, telephone, and other electronic communication will continue without interruption. If you have a scanner please scan documents and send to us in .PDF format. If you do not have a scanner, there are smart phone apps available such as: CamScanner, Adobe Scan and Genius Scan (and many others), that will turn your smart phone into a document scanner at zero or little cost.
Our local courts continue to update and modify their policies and procedures in response to the current COVID-19 situation as well, and we are monitoring those procedures to navigate the impact on your claims. So far, the Hearing and Appeals Office has halted all in-person hearings and is in the process of converting future hearings into telephonic hearings. As we learn more, we will provide updated information.
We also know that many of you have been personally impacted in a number of ways, and we apologize for any inconvenience these modifications may cause you but of course we are all experiencing this disruption together and will get through it together. We will resume normal operations as soon as the local, state and national governments give instructions that it is reasonable to do so. We appreciate your flexibility as we do our part to help bring this unprecedented situation under control.
Again, we are fully operational and are actively working on your claims. If there is anything you need, please feel free to contact our office (telephonically or electronically) during office hours so that we can direct your call and follow up accordingly.