In Las Vegas, it is common to become injured at work. Some injuries can be minor, such as cuts, burns or sprains. These require barely any medical treatment and generally, do not need workers’ compensation. However, if you are more severely injured at work, you might need workers’ compensation for your loss of wages, damages or medical treatments.
Workers’ compensation in Nevada is a no-fault insurance system providing benefits to workers injured on the job. The workers’ compensation laws and insurance begins upon hiring. An employer in Nevada is assumed to be participating in the workers’ compensation program.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2014, almost 3,000,000 injuries and illnesses were reported to be sustained at work.
The 2017 Liberty Mutual Insurance Workplace Safety Index lists the most common workplace injuries as:
- Falling either on the same level OR
- Falling to lower level
- Being hit by equipment or an object
- Other types of exertions
- Roadway crashes
- Slipping or tripping
- Becoming stuck in equipment
- Being struck by an object or equipment
- Repetitive motions
An injury at work resulting from slip and falls can result in broken bones, concussions or even traumatic brain injury. This could necessitate a lengthy hospital stay. Some injuries are not caused by an accident. These type of injuries include ones from repetitive motion or heavy lifting, which result in straining injuries like carpal tunnel, or a herniated disk. These types of injuries also limit an employee’s ability to work, which means a big loss of income.
The State of Nevada Department of Business & Industry Industrial Relations governs workers’ compensation throughout Nevada. Most importantly, if an employee is injured the job, they tell their employer in writing as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the accident.
Glen Lerner from Glen Lerner Injury Attorneys said, “It is helpful to speak with a lawyer who understands Nevada’s workers’ compensation regulations and laws before you file.”