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When can a person pursue workers' compensation in Nevada?

Sometimes, through no fault of their own, a worker in Nevada could suffer an injury or illness due to their job. Of course, no one in Nevada goes to work in the morning expecting to get hurt, but accidents do happen. Fortunately, workers who must take time off of work to recover from a workplace injury or illness may pursue workers' compensation benefits.

Workers' compensation gives workers who are injured or made ill due to their job compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and sometimes even a one-time payment if there is a permanent disability. The purpose of having workers' compensation insurance is to ensure the worker is provided with the financial support they need to regain their health and return to work. It also protects employers from lawsuits as, in general, workers' compensation benefits preclude a worker's ability to sue their employer.

In order to receive workers' compensation benefits in Nevada, it is not necessary to prove that the employer was at fault for the worker's injuries or illness. A worker only needs to prove that they suffered their injury or illness within the scope of their employment. That being said, if a worker did not comply with their employer's safety rules, they may see a reduction in the amount they receive in workers' compensation benefits.

When a person is injured or made ill due to their employment, in order to pursue workers' compensation benefits, they must be treated by a physician of their employer's choosing. If it is decided that a worker should receive workers' compensation benefits, that worker's temporary disability pay will amount to around two-thirds of what he or she would earn in a week.

Sometimes a worker is permanently disabled, meaning they will not be able to resume their regular employment activities for the remainder of their life. If a worker is permanently disabled, the physician will decide on a percentage of permanent disability based on the worker's medical condition.

Workers should be aware that there are deadlines for filing a workers' compensation claim. Therefore, workers who want to seek such benefits may want to consult with an attorney who can assist in filing a claim.

Source: State Bar Of Nevada, "Nevada Workers' Compensation Law," Accessed Nov. 27, 2017

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