Payments for Injuries
When performers are injured, they are able to file for workers compensation. However, payments can be small for injuries that often leave workers with chronic pain or disabilities. Additionally, the article stateS that some other circus companies treat performers as freelance workers who are offered nothing if injured. In one of Cirque’s locations, more than two-thirds of its acrobats suffered injuries in a five-year span where they lost more than seven days of work. A third of those employees suffered five or more serious injuries, some of which were career ending.
In Nevada, employers have responsibilities to their workers when it comes to workers’ compensation, and virtually all employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Benefits include medical treatment, compensation for lost work time due to medical treatment, and compensation for disability that is either temporary total, temporary partial, permanent partial or permanent total disability. Payments for permanent disabilities, such as those career-ending disabilities suffered by Cirque acrobats, are evaluated based on ratings issued by medical professionals.
Disputes with Workers’ Compensation Insurers and Employers
Some companies attempt to skirt the requirement to provide workers’ compensation by treating employees as freelance workers or independent contractors. However, whether an employee is an independent contractor is a matter of law, and employers are often mistaken as to how they classify their workers. The State of Nevada prosecutes many employers every year for failing to provide workers’ compensation insurance coverage due to misclassification of employees. If you have been denied workers’ compensation coverage for your injuries because your employer misclassified you as an independent contractor, you should seek the help of an experienced attorney in appealing your denial.
Often, disputes also arise in the proper disability classification of a worker’s injuries. If the injuries may permanently alter a worker’s life, either because of impairment or a change in work ability, it is advisable to seek the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who will work to ensure employees receive the medical care and workers’ compensation benefits they are entitled to.
If you have been injured on the job and wish to file a workers’ compensation claim, the lawyers of the Greenman, Goldberg, Raby & Martinez law firm in Las Vegas can help you. Call (702) 388-4476 to schedule your free consultation today.