Reopening a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Reopening a Workers’ Compensation Claim
The GGRM Law Firm “You Matter To Us” podcast features interviews with legal and community leaders, first responders, and everyday Nevadans and their remarkable stories of tragedy and triumph, overcoming injury and illness.


After a workers’ compensation claim is closed, Nevada laws place restrictions on lifetime reopening the claim unless the injured worker was off incapacitated from earning full wages for 5 or more days or on permanent partial disability. For all other injured workers, a workers’ compensation claim must be reopened within one year after the claim was closed. If medical costs paid before the claim was closed are less than $800, the claim cannot be reopened.

Navigating the Nevada Industrial Insurance Act, or Occupational Disease Act, is no small task. It’s not only getting them the medical benefits that they’re entitled to, and the indemnity or monetary benefits they’re entitled to, but we’re also making sure that when that claim is over when it closes when it’s done, it’s procedurally and factually set up as best as possible for the future.  In this episode, we’ll discuss the ins and outs of reopening a claim with Jason D. Mills, Esq. partner at GGRM Law Firm.

Over his career, Mr. Mills has acted as lead counsel on several thousand contested workers’ compensation claims. He has developed a reputation as a tireless advocate for his injured clients. Mr. Mills has successfully litigated workers’ compensation cases through the Nevada Industrial Insurance system at all levels of the administrative law process; from the initial Hearing Office through the Nevada Supreme Court.

Mr. Mills is also active in the state trial lawyers association, the Nevada Justice Association (NJA). In that capacity, Mr. Mills has both lobbied and testified for the NJA on important issues related to Nevada’s injured workers at the Nevada Legislature since 2015. In 2016 Mr. Mills was elected to the Board of Governors for the NJA. In 2017 Mr. Mills was awarded the NJA’s “Badger Award” for his distinguished service to the association and the people of the State of Nevada. In 2018 Mr. Mills was elected to the Board of Trustees for the Citizens for Justice, the NJA political action committee. In 2018 the State Bar of Nevada selected Mr. Mills as one of the five co-founding board members to serve on the State Bar of Nevada Board of Workers’ Compensation Legal Specialization in order to create and administer a state bar certification and testing process for attorney specialization in the field of Nevada workers’ compensation law. Mr. Mills is also a member of the national trial lawyers association, the American Association of Justice (AAJ), and Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG).