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What are "accident benefits" for workers' compensation purposes?


Being injured on the job can be a difficult experience. A workplace injury accident can compromise a worker's health, leaving them temporarily or even permanently unable to perform their job duties. When this happens, workers in Nevada may be concerned about how they're going to afford the medical expenses associated with the injury.

However, they need not worry. Per Nevada Revised Statutes §616A.020, in general, a person can seek workers' compensation benefits if they are injured in the course of employment. When a person files a claim for workers' compensation in Nevada, under Nevada Revised Statutes §616A.035 they may pursue "accident benefits."

Accident benefits include compensation not only for medical treatments, but also for medicine, nursing, crutches and medical and surgical supplies. It also includes preventive treatment given as a protection to those in certain occupations who were exposed to a contagious disease. "Accident benefits" do not include exercise equipment or a home spa, gym memberships and motor vehicles, with some exceptions.

There is a process for applying for workers' compensation. If a person wishes to pursue benefits, it is important that they take all the steps legally necessary to do so. An incomplete application could delay an award of benefits or even lead to a denial of benefits. Those seeking workers' compensation benefits will want to make sure that they do not make any mistakes that could affect their claim for benefits. Fortunately, help is available to those seeking workers' compensation benefits, so that these mistakes are not made and a person submits a complete application for benefits in a timely manner.

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