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