It’s crucial that employees who have been involved in a job-related accident be aware of their employer’s resulting responsibilities. In most states, employers are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance for their employees. When a worker is injured, his or her claim is filed with the insurance company, which pays medical and disability benefits according to a state-approved formula. Unless they fall within certain narrow exceptions, employers without workers’ compensation insurance are subject to fines, criminal prosecution, and civil liability.
In addition to carrying workers’ compensation insurance, most employers will be responsible for carrying out some or all of the following:
- Post a notice documenting their compliance with workers’ compensation laws in a conspicuous place at each job site
- Provide immediate emergency medical treatment for any employee who suffers an injury while on the job
- Furnish additional medical treatment if an injured worker is unable to select a doctor or advises the employer in writing of a desire not to do so
- Complete a report of the injury and mail it to the nearest workers’ compensation board office. A copy of that report should also be mailed to the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company. An employer who refuses or neglects to make an injury report may be found guilty of a misdemeanor and subject to a fine
- Make a written report of every accident that resulted in a personal injury causing time away from regular duties or that required medical treatment beyond basic first aid
- Comply with all requests for further information regarding injured workers by the workers’ compensation board or the workers’ compensation insurance company, e.g. statements of the employee’s earnings before and after the accident, reports of the date of the employee’s return to work, or any other reports that may be required to determine the employee’s work status following the injury.
In Nevada, as soon as an employer obtains knowledge of a work-related accident, the employer must provide all necessary first-aid treatment for any employees who are injured. The employer must also pay for each employee’s transportation to the nearest place that can provide the necessary medical attention. Within 30 days after an insurance carrier or self-insured employer receives notice of an employee’s job-related injury, the carrier or employer must either send a claim-acceptance notice or a claim-denial notice.
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