PRACTICE AREA DETAILS
- Lawyer Jordan P. Schnitzer
- Practice Area Worker's Compensation
- Location Las Vegas, NV
Every state has worker’s compensation laws that protect injured workers. Worker’s compensation is famous for being difficult to deal with. It can be a lengthy and frustrating process. If you are filing worker’s compensation in Las Vegas, you might have an issue getting lost wages and other damages promptly, or you might be overwhelmed by paperwork and interviews. A workers compensation lawyer in Las Vegas understands the law and knows how to fight for your legal rights and help you recover. This is a specialized field of law in Nevada which almost always requires the help of an attorney. When you are injured while working you are entitled to medical treatment and paid leave while off work. If your injury is serious enough, you are eligible for a monetary settlement and possible job retraining or replacement program.
Worker’s compensation is governed by the Nevada Revised Statutes and Nevada Administrative Code Chapters 616 and 617. Chapter 616 is the Industrial Insurance Act, which covers injuries, while Chapter 617 is the Occupational Diseases Act, which covers occupational diseases. They show that you are legally entitled to compensation for any type of injury or disease as long as you can prove it happened while you were at work. Possible work-related injuries include workplace violence, repetitive motion accidents, factory accidents, construction accidents, or slip and fall accidents. You do not need to have witnesses or prove that your employer was at fault for your injury or disease, as Nevada is a no-fault compensation state. If it is determined you are allowed to work while recovering from your workplace injury, your employer must make a reasonable accommodation.
According to the Nevada Division of Industrial Relations’ Workers’ Compensation Employer Guide, all employers with at least one employee must carry worker’s compensation insurance. Anyone who violates this law is subject to fines and other penalties. A workers compensation attorney in Las Vegas can help you properly file a worker’s compensation claim, ensure that your employer is following protocol, and move the process along.
- Report the injury or disease to your employer immediately and fill out a C-1 Notice of Injury Form for all affected body parts. There’s also a statute of limitations for reporting the injury or disease; you have seven days to do so.
- The next step is going to the doctor, where you’ll fill out a C-4 form, which will send your claim to the insurer for denial or acceptance. Deliberately causing the disease or injury or being under the influence of drugs or alcohol will result in denial.
- Consult a lawyer with any questions or concerns you have.
If you are having trouble with a worker’s compensation claim in Las Vegas, we at the Schnitzer Law Firm are happy to help. A free consultation with a Workers Compensation lawyer in Las Vegas from our firm will familiarize you with your legal rights as a worker and how we can make your case successful. Contact us today.