Worker's Compensation - Industrial Injury - On The Job Injury
If you have suffered an on the job injury in Nevada, also known as an industrial injury, there are several steps you should consider in your worker's compensation claim.
1. Report your industrial injury to your employer immediately. There is a time limit under Nevada law in which your injury must be reported to your employer. Your employer should have you fill out a Notice Of Injury form. Ask for a copy of the form after you have filled it out. Also, if there were any witnesses to your accident, make sure that you obtain a statement from each witness.
2. Seek medical attention for your industrial injury. This may seem obvious, however, many people will put off seeking medical attention, hoping that the pain will go away. There is a time limit under Nevada law in which you must file your worker's compensation claim.
3. When you see your doctor for the first time, make sure that you receive a copy of the C-4 From. It will show your diagnosis, whether or not the doctor feels that your diagnosis is industrial, and if there are any work limitations.
4. Contact our law office for an initial consultation. Get legal help from an attorney at the very beginning of your worker's compensation claim. This can help to make sure the administration of your industrial injury claim is done properly, according to Nevada law and regulations. Even if your worker's compensation claim is accepted, you should seek legal advice and representation, as there are several issues that can pop up during your claim, such as the following, to name a few:
A. What body parts are accepted?
B. What body parts and conditions are being denied?
C. Can I choose my own doctor?
D. What if the insurance company claims I have a pre-existing condition and they are not willing to cover it? Can this be part of my claim?
E. Did the insurance company calculate my average monthly wage correctly?
F. How do I appeal an adverse determination from the insurance company?
G. Am I entitled to a settlement, and if so, if the one being offered fair?
H. If I have work limitations, how am I going to find a job in the future?
When you have an attorney from our law office personally representing you, the attorney can help you with the above issues. Our office has over 27 years of combined experience in representing injured workers in Nevada.