If you’re one of the several million people who are hurt at work each year, you’ll want to ensure that your needs are taken care of. You may be compensated for expenses such as medical bills and lost wages as a result of your injury, so it’s imperative to put yourself in the best possible position to receive the help you need and deserve. By taking the following three steps, you’ll be protecting your rights under Nevada’s workers’ compensation laws and as a part of any potential legal action.
Report the accident
This step is crucial, but it can be easy to ignore if you don’t immediately realize that your accident may have long-term effects. Your accident should be reported to your supervisor. If you’re represented by a union, also make sure that your steward is notified. If you don’t immediately report what happened, your employer may be able to deny your injury occurred at work or even try to take action against you for not properly reporting it in a timely manner.
Keep good records
Write down the names of any coworkers who may have seen your accident and can serve as witnesses. Keep a record of what you told your supervisor and when, and also obtain a copy of the injury report. Keep notes on any conversations you have with your supervisor, doctor or nurse, and insurance companies. If the doctor limits your activities at work, make sure to get this in writing, and make several copies.
Get the proper medical care
In Nevada, you may have to see a doctor that’s in a particular network if your employer’s workers’ compensation insurer is part of a managed care contract. Otherwise, you can choose your own doctor, unless it’s an emergency. It’s important to follow the doctor’s instructions for care. If you neglect to take prescribed medicine, go to physical therapy appointments, or return to full duty sooner than recommended, your employer may be able to use this against you.
Worker’s compensation cases can be complicated, so it’s important to find an attorney with the specialized experience and expertise your case requires. For more information about Nevada’s workers’ compensation laws, contact Greenman, Goldberg, Raby, Martinez Law Firm at 702-388-GGRM (4476).