Henderson Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Helping Injured Employees Recover in Henderson, NV
When you are injured on the job in Nevada and you are unable to return to work, the last thing you need to worry about is how you’re going to pay for your medical care, cover your living expenses, and make ends meet. When your employer denies your work injury claim, however, financial worry can become overwhelming, hindering your ability to recover. Let the Henderson workers’ compensation lawyers at the David Boehrer Law Firm shoulder the stress of your workers’ compensation claim. We’ll help you access medical care, negotiate with your employer’s insurer, and pursue your claim in court if necessary to make sure you get paid.
If you were hurt at work, give the David Boehrer Law Firm a call. Your first consultation is free. (702) 750-0750.
Understanding Workers’ Compensation In Nevada
Workers’ compensation insurance is required for all employers in Nevada. If you suffer a workplace injury and your claim is successful, your medical care will be paid for. Additionally, you will receive a portion of your lost income while you recover. If your disability prevents you from returning to work, you could receive monthly checks for the rest of your life. If your claim is not successful, however, you could be stuck with enormous medical bills and no income to help you provide for your family.
Although fault does not need to be proven in Nevada workers’ comp cases, employers and their insurers will go to great lengths to deny or minimize claims. They cite preexisting conditions, deny that accidents occurred, and downplay the impact worker injuries have on their physical and mental abilities. Even when a work injury settlement is offered, it may not be enough to cover the costs involved with your care and basic living expenses.
Workers’ compensation, however, often works in conjunction with other liability insurances when a third party is involved in the incident. If the injury was caused by negligence on the part of someone besides your employer, you may be eligible to receive a settlement from the third party in addition to your workers’ compensation coverage.
What Benefits Are Provided By Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation benefits in Nevada can provide the following types of benefits to injured workers.
- Compensation for lost wages: The amount of compensation you receive and the length of time for which you can collect benefits for lost compensation depend on the severity of your injuries and your ability to return to your job.
- Temporary Total Disability (TTD): Temporary total disability is awarded when doctors have determined that you are unable to return to work for at least five days in a row or cumulatively for five days during a 20-day period.
- Temporary Partial Disability (TPD): If the wage you are able to earn when you return to work is less than what you receive in TTD benefits, temporary partial benefits will make up the difference. Workers with a TPD can earn benefits equal to the difference between their wage and TTD for up to 24 months.
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD): If you become stable after an injury, but your full physical abilities have not been restored, you may be eligible to receive permanent partial disability benefits. Your PPD rating will depend on your age, wage, injury type, and medical evaluation. Payments typically continue until workers reach age 70.
- Permanent Total Disability (PTD): If a doctor finds that you have been rendered permanently and totally disabled after a work injury, you will become eligible to receive benefits in an amount not exceeding 66.6 percent of your average income prior to the injury.
- Medical expenses: As long as you use an authorized medical provider, your medical treatment, assistive equipment, hospital stays, medications, and mileage or travel expenses incurred when visiting the doctor will be reimbursed if your workers’ compensation claim is successful.
- Rehabilitation costs: You can seek compensation for physical therapy and rehabilitation to heal from your on-the-job injury.
- Vocational rehabilitation: If you are unable to return to your previous job, you may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation services. These can include job retraining classes, other education expenses, or help to find a job that meets your new physical restrictions. You may also be entitled to compensation while you’re completing vocational rehabilitation. Vocational rehabilitation may last between 9 and 18 months, depending on your disability rating.
How Will A Workers’ Comp Claim Affect My Job?
Since all employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance in Nevada, filing a claim should not be viewed negatively by management. In fact, it is illegal for your employer to harass you about a workers’ compensation claim or fire you because of the injury. If any of these things occur, or if your employer refuses to give you the necessary information about filing a claim, a personal injury lawyer with workers’ compensation experience should be contacted immediately.
Do I Need Legal Representation After A Work Injury?
In Nevada, the process for filing a workers’ compensation claim and retaining your rights to further legal action is extremely strict. If the injury isn’t reported and a claim isn’t filed within a specified time period, you may lose your right to recover compensation. For this reason, it is important to begin working with an injury attorney as soon as possible. While you may not need to file any additional claims above and beyond the insurance, only an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you make this decision.
Many workplace injuries, that escalate into legal filings, have caused permanent disability. While workers’ comp insurance will pay medical bills and lost wages, compensation is usually not enough to cover the costs of a permanent disability.
How Will Having An Attorney Help Me?
Enlisting the help of a workplace accident lawyer can make navigating the workers’ compensation claim process easier in a number of ways. These include:
- Offering guidance and advice: Filing an insurance claim for workers’ compensation can seem like a convoluted process to those who have been injured. Our workers’ compensation attorneys will guide you through the claims process, ensuring you meet important deadlines, representing you at hearings and appeals, and helping you make informed decisions about your case.
- Fighting for a larger settlement: The settlement gained from a work-related injury claim can vary dramatically depending on how much impact the injury has on your future. Our work injury lawyers have the skills needed to help you prove the extent of your injuries and ensure you recover as much money as necessary to secure your financial future.
- Representing you in court: While workplace injury suits are often settled out of court, many must be resolved in the courtroom. Our lawyers will first aim to obtain the highest possible compensation through negotiation of an out-of-court settlement. If a suitable settlement cannot be agreed upon with the insurance company, however, we will pursue compensation in the courtroom.
Receive Personal Attention For Your Case
David Boehrer Law Firm is customer-oriented, putting service and individual attention at the forefront with every client. We pride ourselves on receiving business from referrals, not from television advertising or flashy billboards.
Since we operate on a contingency fee basis, we only collect a fee from you if our accident lawyers are able to win a settlement. Find out how we can help with your workers’ compensation claim. Contact our Henderson workers’ compensation lawyers at (702) 750-0750 to schedule a free consultation or fill out our online form.