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Do You Need Medical Treatment for a Work Injury in Nevada?

When you’re seriously hurt on the job in Nevada, your injuries shouldn’t have to go untreated and your unpaid medical bills shouldn’t be piling high on the kitchen table. We can help you get money to pay for doctor visits, surgery, diagnostic procedures, hospital stays, medications, special equipment, and supplies. In some cases, we may even be able to help you get compensated for the cost of transportation so you can afford to get to the specialists you need.

Don’t suffer in pain for another minute. Call our office or stop by so we can talk about the medical benefits you may be able to receive.

Guide to Getting Medical Treatment for Your Work Injuries

When you’ve suffered a workplace accident or you believe you may have been exposed to a hazardous substance on the job, you need to get checked out by a medical professional right away. Even when no symptoms are apparent, you should have your condition evaluated just in case. Failing to obtain a medical evaluation after a workplace accident can cost you your case if symptoms progress over time.

Medical Treatment in an Emergency

If your accident or exposure caused symptoms that are life-threatening, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room immediately. While Nevada workers’ comp law requires people who are hurt at work to seek medical treatment through authorized providers, the restriction does not apply to those in emergency situations. So get help now, we’ll worry about the red tape once your condition has stabilized.

Getting Help with Non-Life-Threatening Injuries

When your injuries are less severe and immediate medical intervention isn’t necessary, you should report your accident to your employer and request a list of healthcare providers that are authorized under your company’s workers’ compensation insurance plan. Although most medical expenses are covered under workers’ comp insurance when a worker gets hurt, failing to be seen by an authorized provider can cause you to lose your right to recover money for medical expenses and could even cost you your case.

If you’ve already been treated by another healthcare provider after you were hurt, give us a call and we’ll work through things together. We may be able to help you find exceptions to the rules, show extenuating circumstances, or otherwise get you cleared to see the doctor you’ve already chosen.

If you’ve seen the company-recommended physician and it’s just not working out, you may not be stuck. In Nevada, you have 90 days to choose another doctor from the insurer’s panel of authorized care providers. After that, however, we’ll need to file a written request with the workers’ comp insurer to get permission to change physicians.

Following the Rules for Medical Treatment After a Work Injury

When you have a work injury claim, it’s crucial that you follow the rules precisely to make sure your claim for benefits gets approved. Be sure you obtain a C-4 form and fill out your portion completely before your appointment. At your initial doctor’s visit, present the form to your physician and make sure you disclose that your injuries are due to a work-related incident. Your provider will need to fill out his or her portion of the form and make sure it gets turned in within three working days after your appointment.

You’re also going to need to fill out a request for benefits within 90 days of your work accident so your medical bills and lost wages get paid. A number of other forms and deadlines will likely be required as well, as your case moves forward.

During a time when you’re still shaken from your accident, suffering from pain or other ailments related to your injuries, and stressed out about how you’re going to make ends meet now that you’ve been hurt on the job, all of these forms and deadlines can seem a little overwhelming. It’s easy to overlook a signature, deadline, or even an entire form. Let us help make your claim simpler so you can focus on your recovery.

Be Sure You Do What the Doctor Ordered

Once the shock of your injury begins to wear off and the pain begins to subside, you may be tempted to discontinue medical treatment, get back to your regular activities, and maybe even go back to work. Don’t do it. If you deliberately go against medical advice, your claim could be denied. And if your symptoms return later or they worsen over time, you may have a difficult time proving that they originated from your work accident. Keep it simple, and do what the doctor ordered.

Medical Treatment After a Work-Related Injury

When you’re injured at work in Nevada, you may be entitled to a variety of medical benefits. Understanding what’s covered and what isn’t can help you better manage your care.

What’s Covered

  • Physician’s visits including those with specialists, dentists, eye doctors, chiropractors, and other approved providers
  • Necessary surgeries or other restorative procedures
  • Diagnostic procedures including MRIs, CT scans, blood work, biopsies, and even monitoring
  • Medications, medical equipment, and supplies
  • Hospital stays, physical therapy services, and rehabilitation
  • Mental health services

In some cases, we may even be able to get you money to cover the cost of getting to your appointments.

What’s Not Covered

  • Treatment for self-inflicted injuries
  • Unnecessary cosmetic surgery
  • Treatment for injuries you incurred while under the influence of drugs or alcohol

Do you have questions about obtaining medical care for a work injury or illness? Are you unsure about the medical benefits you may be entitled to receive? Stop by our office or give us a call. Let’s talk.

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