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What if I want a workers' compensation hearing in Nevada?

Nevada workers who suffer an illness or are injured on the job will want to know whether they are protected by workers' compensation benefits. These benefits are essential to provide medical care and to help with lost wages while the worker is unable to get back on the job. A difficult scenario is when the worker seeks workers' compensation, but the request is denied. Understanding the hearing process and having legal assistance is critical.

After a worker is injured and they have received a denial, there are time limits in which to appeal. After the worker has written to the employer or the insurer and does not receive a response within 30 days, the worker can then appeal due to the failure to respond. They will then have 70 days from the date the determination was made or the date the worker mailed the request to ask for a hearing.

The hearing will be heard by a hearing officer. The hearing request must be done in writing. A copy of the notice or letter in dispute must be included. Providing a copy is imperative, as the failure to provide it will delay the process or lead to the appeal being dismissed. There will be an initial hearing scheduled within five days of the date the Hearings Division received the request. The hearing will be set within 30 days and parties will be given a minimum of 15 days' notice. Just as the hearing officer must receive copies of all documentation, the other side must receive them as well.

Because workers' compensation benefits are so vital after a workplace injury or illness, receiving a denial from the insurer can cause a lot of problems. From the time the worker is injured, it is imperative to have legal advice. This is true even before it becomes necessary to request a hearing. A law firm that understands all aspects of the workers' compensation process should be called for help as soon as possible.

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