Worker’s compensation is a very important program in Nevada that protects thousands of workers every year when they are injured at work. Though most people have a basic understanding of worker’s compensation and what it entails, many do not realize all of the different benefits available. The basic benefits are compensation for medical bills and compensation for lost wages. In addition to these, there are many other ways you may be entitled to compensation under workers’ compensation. Here are a few other benefits that you should be aware of, in case you are injured while working.
Compensation for Tips and Multiple Jobs
If your injury prevents you from going to work, you are entitled to 2/3 of your average monthly wage. Some people don’t realize that your average monthly wage also includes your tips and your wages from other jobs. Be sure to include this payment information to the adjuster, so that you get accurate compensation.
Compensation for Getting Treatment
Not only will workers’ compensation cover the medical bills themselves, but it can also cover other related expenses. For example, if you need to miss work in order to see the doctor or get treatments, you may qualify to get payment for those lost wages. In addition, you are entitled to compensation for the cost of seeing the doctor. If you have to travel more than 20 mile one way or have to travel more than 40 miles within a week, you can be reimbursed $0.575 per mile traveled. You will have to fill out the appropriate claim forms and measure your mileage on Google maps, but the total reimbursement may be worth it.
If you now have a permanent disability because of your workplace injury, you are entitled to adequate compensation. This amount will be calculated based on the severity of the disability and its effect on work and life, your average monthly wage, and your age. Calculating this can be very complicated, so it’s important to hire a workers’ comp attorney who can help you negotiate.
Permanent Partial Disability
Even if you weren’t completely disabled, you may still have a permanent partial disability or impairment. This can include permanent loss in flexibility or range of motion in any part of your body. For example, neck and back injuries that prevent you from turning your head or bending over are serious lifelong injuries and require adequate compensation. Partial disabilities such as impaired vision also qualify. Typically the calculation of benefits for partial disabilities is even more complicated than for full disabilities, so you should definitely hire an attorney who has experience with the process.
If your disability prevents you from working at your previous job and makes it difficult for you to find a new job, you may apply for compensation for job training courses.
When dealing with serious injuries, the workers’ compensation process becomes extremely complex. Our attorneys have years of experience with workers comp law, and we can help you get the benefits to which you’re entitled.