Work Injury Lawyers Helping You Get Paid When You’re Hurt on the Job
If you were hurt at work, you might be wondering what workers’ compensation benefits are available to support you during your recovery. Give us a call to schedule a complimentary consult and we’ll evaluate your situation to see what you might be eligible to recover. In the meantime, here’s an overview of the benefits you might expect to receive if your claim is successful.
Benefits for Injured Workers in Nevada
Under the Nevada workers’ compensation system, people who suffer accidents or exposures on the job may be entitled to the following benefits.
You are entitled to full medical treatment for your work-related injuries. Doctor visits, including those with outpatient specialists, are covered as long as you use approved providers. Ambulance bills, emergency room visits, and hospital stays are also covered. If you need in-home care, special equipment, medications, or medical supplies because of your condition, workers’ comp insurance will typically foot the bill. In some cases, we may even be able to get you money to cover your transportation costs to and from your appointments.
Temporary Partial Disability
If your injuries temporarily prevent you from earning as much as you would make if you were determined to be temporarily totally disabled, you may be eligible for TPD payments to make up the difference for up to 24 months.
Temporary Total Disability
TTD is available to workers who are temporarily unable to return to work for five consecutive days our five cumulative days in a 20-day period due to on-the-job injuries. When you qualify for TTD, you will receive 66 ⅔ percent of your average monthly wages until:
- Your doctor releases you to return to work
- Your employer offers work that accommodates for the restrictions of your injury
- Your doctor determines that you are permanently disabled and are not expected to improve.
- You have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) and are not expected to improve within the next year.
Permanent Partial Disability
PPD claims make up more than half of workers’ comp claims nationwide. Permanent Partial is awarded when you are determined to have a condition that renders you partially disabled and you’re not expected to improve. Common examples include the loss of an arm or leg, the loss of the use of a hand, or the loss of vision in one eye.
When it is determined that you have a permanent partial disability, your employer will need to schedule an evaluation with a rating doctor to determine the level of compensation you may receive. While some workers receive a lump sum payment to settle a PPD award, others receive monthly payments for five years or until the age of 70- whichever is later.
Permanent Total Disability
When you are hurt so severely that you are unable to return to any kind of work and you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI), you may be able to receive monthly payments that equal 66 ⅔ percent of your average monthly pay.
If your condition prevents you from working in your previous job, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation benefits so you can learn new skills.
If you are a qualifying family member of someone who was killed on the job, you might be able to recover death benefits. In addition to the workers’ compensation settlement your loved one would have received, you may be entitled to burial expenses of up to $10,000.
Under the workers’ compensation laws in Nevada, workers are prohibited from suing their employers for work-related illnesses or injuries. If another party played a role in the accident or exposure that caused your injuries, however, you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the wrongdoer. You may be able to get money from the manufacturers of faulty equipment, other drivers who cause a work-related auto accident, vendors who are responsible for the installation or upkeep of equipment, suppliers, and even architects and engineers who designed dangerous buildings.
Give us a call to find out what your work injury claim could be worth. We’ll assess the damages, consider all parties who could be held liable, go over some numbers, and provide you with an accurate estimate of how much you’re owed.