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THE NEED TO KNOW FOR WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIMS

You can lose the rights you have if you don’t know all of the hoops to jump through.

You need a guide to take your hand and walk you through

You must report your injury “as soon as practicable, but within 7 days after the accident”.  NRS 616C.015.

How do I report my work injury or occupational disease?

REPORT:

Immediately Talk to Your Supervisor

The longer you wait, the more likely they will deny the claim and try and pin it on you hurting yourself at home. You will need to have the following forms filled out and turned in?(The account of how the accident occurred MUST match on each form.)

C-4 form (Exhibit 1).
It is very important that you fill this out and state how the accident occurred the same as you tell the medical doctor.

C-4 forms are used for all of your treatment and used in court, so it is important that you read and understand everything. If you do not understand, ask before filling it out. You will sign this form. Make and KEEP A COPY of it.

C-1 form (Exhibit 2).
This is also known as the incident report. The account of how the injury occurred must match the account of how the injury occurred on the C-4 form. If the employer writes something that you do not agree with, write I disagree with what was written and sign (this is rare, but has been litigated). You will sign this form as well.

C-3 (Exhibit 3).
This form is filled out by the employer and sent to the Insurance carrier. You will NOT sign this form.

DOCTOR:

Get Medical Attention and Treatment

If you are not taken by ambulance, then you will likely go to Concentra or an Urgent care. They MUST fill out the C-4 there and the medical doctor signs it. All medical records will be used in court, so be mindful of what you tell the medical doctor and what you write. Be absolutely thorough in explaining your symptoms and filling out the diagrams attached as Exhibit 4.

It cannot be expressed enough on how important the first medical examination is and the following medical examinations. Tell them everything that hurts, even if you think it is not that big of a deal.

Example. A worker trips and falls, landing with outstretched hands hitting the ground. The body parts that are affected are obvious, they hurt. However, the less obvious injuries can be overlooked because they are not as painful, for example, the neck and shoulders. If you do not complain about them, then it becomes a nightmare to get them treated and included and can cost you out of pocket money.

ATTORNEY:

Get Representation Immediately

A workers’ compensation claim is not a lawsuit, it is a claim. You are not suing your employer, rather you are making a claim for medical benefits and financial compensation where applicable. Workers’ compensation is not only complicated, it is a quagmire.

Getting representation protects you, your family and your future. The adjuster has no personal interest in you. In fact, the insurance companies have many local attorneys that advise those adjusters on a daily basis.

Those same adjusters are the ones that you will see if you try and handle your claim on your own. You have worked to protect your future, do not let an injury take away everything that you have worked for.

Worker’s Compensation Library

SECTION 1: MAKING A WORKERS’ COMPENSATION CLAIM.

What Qualifies as a Work Injury?

Not Sure When Injury Occurred?

How Should I File A Workers’ Compensation Claim?

What Letters Will I Receive During My Workers’ Compensation Claim?

What are the Reasons They Can Deny My Claim?

What Do I Do if the Insurer Tries to Close My Claim?

How do I Re-Open My Workers’ Compensation Claim?

 

SECTION 2: MEDICAL CARE FOR INJURED WORKERS

How to get Faster Medical Care

What if I am Not Happy With My Doctor or Surgeon?

Is My Medical Care Transferable to Another State?

Heavy Lifting Injuries Such as Knee and Shoulder.

Can Psychological Assistance be Covered By My Workers’ Comp Claim?

Can Carpal Tunnel Syndrome be Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

 

SECTION 3: WORKERS COMPENSATION BENEFITS.

Calculation of my Workers Compensation Benefits

Light Duty Work Requirements

Employment Termination and my Benefits

 

SECTION 4: ISSUES AND CONCERNS WITH MY EMPLOYER.

Tips On Keeping Your Employment After An Accident On The Job

Permanent vs. Temporary Light Duty Employment

What if my employer uses my FMLA?

Is suing my employer an option in Nevada

 

SECTION 5: WORKERS COMPENSATION DISABILITY RATING.

Understanding Permanent Partial Disability Awards

What if the Insurer Doesn’t give me a Disability Rating?

What if I Don’t Agree with my Disability Rating?

Can I Get a Second Disability Rating?

 

SECTION 6: RETRAINING & VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION FOR INJURIES.

Can I Receive Vocational Rehabilitation Training?

How Much Re-training Am I Entitled To?

Lump Sum Buy-Out Option for Vocational Rehabilitation

How Can I Get the Most Out of My Rehabilitation Training?

Mileage Reimbursement and Per Diem Allowance for Travel

 

SECTION 7: WORKERS COMPENSATION ATTORNEYS

Should I Get an Attorney Involved with my Claim?

How Do I Know I Need an Attorney?

When I Won’t Represent Your Workers Compensation Claim

5 Reasons You Think You Might Not Need an Attorney for Your Claim

Firing Your Attorney and Hiring a New One

Can I File an Appeal on My Workers Compensation Claim?

File a Complaint with the Nevada Division of Industrial Relations

Attorney Negligence and My Workers Compensation Claim

 

SECTION 8: FRAUDULENT WORKERS COMPENSATION CLAIMS

Nevada Workers Comp Applicant / Claimant Fraud

Nevada Workers Compensation Employer Fraud

Nevada Workers Compensation Provider Fraud

Understanding Surveillance Investigations

SECTION 9: GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT & INDUSTRY REGULATIONS

Nevada Attorney General’s Office

Nevada Workers Compensation Fraud Unit

Nevada Insurance Fraud Unit

 

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Workers Compensation Forms and Locations

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