If you're injured or made ill at work, workers' compensation will often help provide monetary support. This insurance is carried by employers and helps to cover the costs of medical expenses, lost wages, and more if you're injured on the job. In Nevada, private employers who have just one employee must carry workers' compensation insurance.
However, workers' compensation doesn't cover everyone. A Las Vegas attorney for injured workers can help you determine if you're covered and also represent you to ensure you get the benefits you're entitled to.
The following are jobs not covered by workers' compensation:
Independent contractors – as opposed to employees – are usually not covered by workers' compensation. These can include workers such as computer consultants and freelance writers. However, there have been cases in which companies have attempted to misclassify workers as independent contractors and have been prosecuted for fraud as a result. In other cases, independent contractors who work for prime contractors may be considered employees and thus entitled to workers' compensation coverage. These can be complicated distinctions and are best discussed with a Las Vegas attorney for injured workers.
Volunteers are unpaid, and they're usually not covered by workers' compensation, even if they're given food, transportation, or lodging. However, volunteer firefighters and police officers are covered by workers' comp, and some organizations willingly purchase coverage for their volunteers.
Federal employees, railroad employees, and longshoremen
These workers are entitled to workers' compensation benefits, but they're not covered by state-run programs. Instead, federal employees are covered under the Federal Employee's Compensation Act (FECA), railroad workers are covered by the Federal Employers' Liability Act (the Railroad Workers Act), and longshoremen are covered under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.
- Agricultural laborers
- Household domestic service workers, such as maids and nannies
- Theatrical or stage performers
- Musicians playing in wedding receptions, private parties, etc.
- Sports officials at amateur, intercollegiate, or interscholastic games sponsored by a public agency or entity or a private nonprofit organization
- Members of the clergy
Workers' compensation laws can be complicated and vary from state to state, so if you live in southern Nevada, it's important to get the advice of a Las Vegas attorney for injured workers.
Contact a Las Vegas attorney for injured workers
If you've been injured or have become ill as a result of your job, workers' comp attorneys in Las Vegas today. The law firm of Greenman, Goldberg, Raby and Martinez offers free consultations and can be reached at 702-388-GGRM (4476). Our Las Vegas injury attorneys have handled workers' compensation cases in Nevada since 1970 and are very familiar with Nevada's specific rules. We'll work hard to help you get the financial help you need.