Employers are responsible for providing a safe working environment. However, even in the safest conditions, workplace accidents can occur. Workers’ compensation in Nevada covers workplace injuries so that employees are provided with medical assistance and compensated for lost wages if they are unable to work.
Receiving a work-related injury can be a difficult situation that causes concern for your job security and ability to provide for yourself and your family. If you are still unsure of what to do or have any questions about filing a claim, contact the Las Vegas workers’ compensation attorneys at Henness & Haight. We will provide you with valuable legal advice and review your claim through a free, no-obligation consultation
If you were injured at work and are seeking workers’ compensation, you must inform your employer immediately so he or she can report the accident to the company’s insurance provider.
Not all companies in Nevada are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, so check with your employer to be sure they are insured. If your employer does not provide you with workers’ compensation, you may need to hire an attorney.
Starting the Claims Process
To file a workers’ compensation claim, you will need to do the following:
- Complete the Notice of Injury or Occupational Disease, Form C-1. You must fill out this form and turn it in to your employer within one week of your injury.
- If your work-related injury requires medical treatment, you will need to fill out Form C-4, Employee’s Compensation Report of Initial Treatment. Notify your doctor that you are seeking workers’ compensation and have them complete the indicated sections of the form.
The process of filing a worker’s compensation claim begins when you provide your C-4 to a claim administrator with your employer’s insurance company. You must turn this form in within 90 days of your initial injury. It is important to act quickly to allow yourself time to schedule an appointment with a doctor and have him or her complete the appropriate section of the form as well.