Nevada is known for its relatively friendly business regulations, causing some companies to flock to the Silver State. While this is good news for the state's economy, workers here are just as susceptible to on-the-job injuries as those in other states. Therefore, the state requires employers to purchase workers' compensation insurance, which covers work-related injuries and illnesses regardless of fault.
So, whether you broke an ankle during your Vegas dance routine, or lost a finger repairing slot machines, you'll need to understand the process for pursuing workers' compensation in Nevada if you've been injured or fallen ill because of your job.
The table below outlines key aspects of the workers' compensation laws in Nevada, including important timelines and some types of benefits.
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Sick or Injured? See a Doctor and Tell Your Employer
If you've been injured, you should get medical attention and submit a Notice of Injury or Occupational Disease form to your employer within seven days. You have a limited right to choose your own physician, so you should check with your employer at first. If you do get medical treatment or miss work, you must file a claim for compensation within 90 days. The insurance company then has 30 days to either deny your claim or accept it and begin making payments.
What if There's a Problem with My Claim?
In exchange for workers' compensation, you generally give up your right to sue your employer. However, if your claim is denied or there is a dispute regarding benefits, you do have options, including the following:
If you disagree with the hearing officer's conclusion, you may appeal the decision within 30 days. Many employees choose to have an attorney help with hearings and appeals by preparing evidence, tracking deadlines, and arguing their case.
Sick and Tired? Receive a Free Claim Review from a Nevada Attorney
Workplace injuries and illnesses can cause both physical and financial pain. Workers' compensation benefits can go a long way to alleviating some of that stress, but you'll need to know the state's deadlines and other requirements in order to receive them. Let an attorney familiar with Nevada's workers' compensation laws help by providing a free claim evaluation on the strength your case.
Contact a qualified attorney.