Reno Workers' Compensation Attorney
Workers' Compensation Claims in Nevada
Injuries on the job can create a fair amount of stress for victims and their families. With medical bills piling up and lost wages threatening to intensify financial worries, these situations can quickly prove to be frustrating burdens. Fortunately, injured residents of Reno and Carson City have the legal right to pursue workers' compensation, which can provide them and their families with much-needed financial and medical assistance.
At Shook & Stone, our attorneys have used their 85 years of combined legal experience to successfully handle numerous workers' compensation claims. With the assistance of an understanding and dedicated attorney from our firm, you can successfully compile your claim materials and swiftly resolve your case so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
What is workers' compensation?
Workers' compensation is a type of insurance that covers workers who were injured during the course of their job. Unlike personal injury claims, workers' comp claims are considered no-fault, meaning that no claims of negligence are made. In exchange for an employee's right to file suits of negligence, injured workers can be compensated with wage replacement and medical benefits, depending on the circumstances involved and the nature of an employee's disability.
Under the Nevada Revised Statutes §616C.050, workers' comp claims must be filed within 90 days of an injury-causing accident or occupational disease. While these injuries and illnesses can vary in scope, workers' compensation will be classified into four separate categories. These include:
Temporary Partial Disability (TPD)
TPD includes compensation for injuries that prevent an employee from working without reasonable accommodations.
Temporary Total Disability (TTD)
Workers who have a doctor certify their injury will prevent them from working for a period of at least 5 consecutive days, or 5 cumulative days in a 20-day period may be entitled to TTD compensation.
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)
PPD will be awarded to workers whose work-related injuries have resulted in a permanent partial disability. Employees will be required to have a physical evaluation by a rating medical professional who will determine the degree of your permanent partial disability. Your medical results, along with the date of your injury, your age, and your wage will be used to determine the amount of compensation you will receive.
Permanent Total Disability (PTD)
In some cases, workers are injured to the point that they are physically disabled. When this is the case, your situation will be assessed to determine if you are eligible to receive PTD, which can provide monthly benefits that do not exceed 66.6% of your average monthly wage. PTD payments may also be subject to reductions if you previously received PPD compensation.
In addition to these benefits, you may also be eligible to receive vocational rehabilitation, compensation for other claims-related benefits or expenses, including mileage, and, in the event of wrongful death cases, monetary compensation for the dependents of a deceased worker. Workers' compensation claims are subject to numerous laws and regulations, making qualified legal representation essential to getting a favorable outcome.
Experienced Legal Assistance for Workplace Injury Claims
With 85 years of combined experience and more than $100 million in compensation recovered since 1997, you can be confident that our attorneys have accumulated extensive legal knowledge into all areas of the workers' compensation legal process. Capable of handling the dense legislation, numerous legal procedures, and frequent complications that arise, our legal team can swiftly and smoothly help you complete your workers' comp claim. To learn more about workers' compensation or about how your personal situation may be affected, contact Shook & Stone today.