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Workers in Nevada can appeal a denied workers' comp claim

When a person in Nevada is injured or made ill on the job, their primary focus may be on simply regaining their health. Unfortunately, some illnesses or injuries could prevent a person from working for weeks or even months. This is why the workers' compensation system is so important. It provides injured or ill workers with the financial resources they need while they're recovering. A worker should not need to worry about medical bills or lost wages at such times; they should be able to simply do what is necessary to get better.

Unfortunately, navigating the workers' compensation system can be complicated and sometimes a person's claim for benefits is denied. If a worker believes this was done in error, they have the ability to appeal the decision. The first step in the appeals process is to request a hearing.

The hearing is an informal dispute resolution proceeding that is overseen by a Hearing Officer. The Hearing Officer will review the workers' case to try to settle it or reverse the insurer's decision. Both parties will submit evidence in the hearing and state their position. The worker carries the burden of showing the insurer's decision was erroneous.

It can be frustrating to be initially denied workers' compensation benefits, especially as the medical bills pile up and a person is unable to work and earn wages. Fortunately, an appeals process is in place. Workers in Nevada who have been denied workers' compensation benefits and wish to appeal the insurer's decision should make sure they understand the various steps of the appeals process so that they can present the strongest possible case.

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