If your work-related injury resulted in permanent work restrictions that keep you from doing your job, you may qualify for vocational training in Nevada. Give us a call and let’s get you the training you need so you can get back to work.
Not every worker who is permanently injured will qualify for vocational training through the workers’ compensation system. To determine whether you are eligible, contact us for a free evaluation. In the meantime, here are some questions you can answer that may help give you an idea of what to expect.
If you are eligible for vocational training through the workers’ compensation system in Nevada, there are a number of benefits that are available to you. Our team can help you explore the benefits of the vocational rehabilitation program so you can make the most of the services offered. Give us a call at 702-822-4444 or stop by our office and let’s chat.
You may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation maintenance payments to help you meet your financial obligations while you are trained for your new career. If you qualify, you’ll receive compensation at the same rate as your TTD payments. These payments will continue for the duration of your training program.
You’ll be provided with a vocational rehabilitation counselor to assist you in creating a vocational training plan. The independent counselor will assess your work experience, career interests, educational training, and other applicable factors to determine which path will be most beneficial for your future while remaining cost-effective for the insurance company. It is important to become actively involved during this planning phase because it only lasts for 60 days and your input can significantly impact your future career.
Once the planning phase has ended, you will be provided with a vocational rehabilitation plan. This plan may last anywhere between six and eighteen months and can include a variety of types of educational and job training programs. In some cases, plans can be extended for up to thirty months. The length of the plan and training offered depends greatly on the percentage of impairment, your interests, and your current level of education/training.
Sometimes insurers will offer a vocational rehabilitation buyout that enables them to settle claims at a fraction of the cost. Buyout offers are typically made during the plan development phase, but they’re not required to be made at all. If they do offer a buyout settlement in Nevada, they are required to offer at least 40% of the maximum amount of vocational rehabilitation maintenance due to the injured worker. While these offers are negotiable, they rarely settle for anywhere near the amount an injured worker would receive of no buyout was made.
If a buyout offer is made to settle your vocational rehabilitation claim, you should tread carefully. If you accept, you could lose thousands of dollars, valuable job training opportunities, and the ability to recover damages for your injuries in the future if things change. You should never proceed with a buyout settlement until you know the facts, understand what is at stake, and calculate what your case is actually worth. Before you agree to anything, give our office a call. Let’s sit down together and go over your offer. Our team can point you in the right direction.
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.