Workers’ Compensation is a valuable asset that provides important financial support at a time when job security and medical care are urgently needed.
Our experienced Las Vegas workers’ compensation lawyers will fight to make sure you are treated fairly and appropriately throughout the entire process. We can help you obtain benefits such as:
Injured workers are entitled to full medical treatment for work-related injuries through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Workers who qualify will receive:
- Initial medical treatment
- Corrective surgeries
- Follow-up treatment
- Physical rehabilitation
- Transportation expenses for costs driving to and from appointments
Medical Supplies and Assistance
An employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should provide any necessary supplies or assistance needed during an injured worker’s recovery process. This can include:
- Caregivers if the worker is unable to perform simple tasks independently
- Mobile assistance devices like wheelchairs or crutches
- Health monitoring equipment
- Breathing apparatuses
- Hospital beds
Temporary Total Disability Benefits
When a work-related injury prevents you from working for at least five consecutive or five cumulative days within a 20-day period or if your employer is unable to accommodate the restrictions placed on you by your doctor, you may be entitled to temporary total disability benefits (TTD).
TTD pays injured workers 66 and two-thirds percent of the employee’s average monthly wage. These payments will continue until one of the following occurs:
- Your doctor says you are able to work again.
- Your employer offers light-duty employment or modified work that accommodates for the restrictions of your injury.
- Your doctor determines that you have suffered permanent disability and are not expected to improve.
- Your doctor determines you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), which means you are not expected to improve within the next year.
Temporary Partial Disability Benefits
If you are able to return to work, but the wage you are making is less than you receive from TTD, you may be entitled to temporary partial disability, which will make up the difference. These benefits can only be paid for a maximum of two years.
Permanent Partial Disability Benefits
If your doctor determines that you have a permanent partial disability, the workers’ compensation insurer has 30 days to schedule an appointment with a rating physician or chiropractor to determine your level of disability and to determine the amount of partial permanent disability benefits you may receive.
The rating physician or chiropractor will perform an evaluation and assign a percentage based on the severity of your condition, ranging from one percent to 100 percent disabled. For every one percent you are assigned, you will receive 0.6 percent of your average monthly wage. You will receive this amount every month for five years or until the age of 70, whichever is later.
Permanent Total Disability Benefits
If you are found to have a permanent total disability, you may be able to receive permanent total disability benefits, which will provide 66 and third-thirds percent of your average monthly wages for the duration of your disability. During this time, you must generally not be able to obtain employment because of the injury.
Death Benefits for Dependents
If you have lost a loved one in a work-related accident, you may be able to file a claim to receive death benefits.
According to NRS 616C.505, death benefits from a workers’ compensation claim are most often dispersed between the deceased’s spouse and children. Each party will divide the amount of benefits provided, which is two-thirds of the deceased’s monthly wages before the incident.
Workers’ compensation death benefits will also provide burial expenses up to $10,000, which includes transportation for the remains of the deceased.
An employer’s workers’ compensation insurance may provide job training in a new field if a worker is unable to return to his or her previous job or a modified position provided by the employer and cannot find other work with his or her current skills because of an injury.
This is referred to as vocational rehabilitation. It is a federal-state program that helps people with physical or mental disabilities find employment and receive on-site training. Nevada’s law for returning an injured employee to work allows an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance to cover vocational rehabilitation for certain circumstances.
At Henness & Haight, we are committed to helping you put your life back together after an unexpected accident and will do everything we can to help make that possible for you and your family. We will work to help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your injury.