About Nevada Workers’ Compensation

Basic Information about Nevada Workers’ Compensation

1. How to start the process

2. What benefits can Workers’ Compensation Provide?

3. What if I am not happy with the results of the process after my claim is closed?

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1. How to start the process?

Notice of Injury or Occupational Disease

Report the injury or disease/ illness as soon as possible. The requirements are strict about the time you have to make a claim in the WC system. State laws require you to let your employer know about the work injury or disease/ illness no later than seven days after either comes up.

You are required by law to make the report on the “Incident Report Form C-1.” Your employer is required to have these forms on file. After you fill it out make and keep a copy for yourself and turn the original in to your employer. This reporting form C-1 is the first step in pursuing a workers’ compensation claim. You cannot assert a workers’ compensation claim without filling out form C-1.
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2. What benefits can Workers’ Compensation provide?

A. Medical Treatment

B. Compensation:
There are different levels or degrees of being injured or sick (called “disability”) that is used to determine how much compensation an injured worker will receive. Your doctor may evaluate you and certify a level of disability. The following names and explains those levels of disability as can be identified by your doctors:

Temporary Total Disability
You may be entitled to temporary total disability (TTD) compensation when your doctor certifies that you are cannot work for at least five days in a row, or five days within a twenty-day period. Also, if your doctor places restrictions on what you can do at work and your employer does not accommodate you, you may be entitled to benefits under TTD.

Temporary Partial Disability
You may be entitled to temporary total disability (TTD) compensation when your doctor certifies that you are cannot work for at least five days in a row, or five days within a twenty-day period. Also, if your doctor places restrictions on what you can do at work and your employer does not ccommodate you, you may be entitled to benefits under TTD.

Permanent Partial Disability
You may be entitled to permanent partial disability (PPD) compensation when your doctor has identified that your medical condition stabilizes. At that point you can meet with a medical provider who will evaluate the degree to which you are permanently and partially disabled. The compensation you receive from a PPD will be determined based on several factors: when the injury/disease happened, the results of the evaluation mentioned above, your age and how much you make.

Permanent Total Disability
If your medical provider has certified that you are permanently and totally disabled and you have been given Permanent Total Disability status by the workers’ compensation insurer, you can receive compensation each month. That compensation will not however, exceed 66 2/3% of your average monthly wages. Also, your compensation can also be reduced by any previous money you received from a Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) award.

C. Vocational Rehabilitation Service:
Aside from money compensation, you can also receive vocational rehabilitation, that is, training for other jobs. To get this benefit you have to be found unable to return to the job where you were injured because of permanent physical impairments or permanent restrictions as a result of your work-related injury/ disease.

D. Transportation and Per Diem Reimbursement:
Workers’ Compensation may also pay for your travel expenses and daily expenses incurred in order to receive medical treatment.

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3. What if I am not happy with the results of the process after my claim is closed?

A. Reopening Your Claim
If your injury or disease/ illness gets worse after your claim is closed, you may be able to reopen it.

B. Appeal Process
You can appeal to the Workers’ Compensation system if you are not satisfied with a specific written determination issued by an insurer, the insurer’s responses/ non-responses to your requests, or the results upon closure of your claim. There is a specific process for making
appeals involving the Department of Administration. There are three levels of the appeal process: Hearing Officer, Appeals Officer, District Court. If you are not satisfied with the decision at each step, you can appeal to the next step in the process. Specific procedures and timelines are required under the rules of the appeals process.

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