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Nevada Workers' Compensation Laws

UPDATED: March 30, 2011

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Nevada workers' compensation laws detail the benefits provided for workers who are injured or become ill as a result of workplace hazards, as well as the process for making a claim to recover Nevada workers' compensation benefits.

Claims under Nevada Worker's Compensation Laws

A worker who is injured at his place of work in an accident (for instance, by tripping, falling, or slipping) may be able to recover benefits under the Nevada workers' compensation system. However, note that injuries resulting from an employee's intoxication, use of drugs, self-infliction, or that arise from a failure to follow employer workplace safety policies do not fall under valid workers' compensation claims in Nevada.

Nevada workers' compensation law also provides for claims for occupational illnesses, or those that develop because of the worker's repeated exposure to certain harmful conditions in the work environment. These illnesses may include radiation sickness or a variety of lung diseases.

Finally, the surviving dependent relatives of an employee who unfortunately passes away from a work-related injury or occupational disease will receive death benefits under Nevada workers' compensation laws.

Nevada Workers' Compensation Benefits

If an employee is injured in a work-related accident, or develops an occupational illness, the treatment of his medical condition will be paid for by his employer's workers' compensation insurance provider. Such treatment for an occupational injury or illness may include doctor and hospital visits and any other medical bills you may incur in treating the injury or illness. Mileage costs incurred in traveling to and from your medical appointments will also be reimbursable by your employer's insurance carrier.

In the unfortunate event that an employee dies from his work-related injury or occupational disease, his dependent surviving spouse and other relatives may receive monetary death benefits, in addition to $10,000 for funeral expenses.

The following income replacement benefits may also be provided to injured workers during their recovery periods to compensate for lost wages and/or lost earning capacity:

1) Temporary Total Disability Benefits (TTD): TTD allows an injured employee to be paid 2/3 of his average weekly wage each week during his recovery period if it is impossible for him to work for at least five consecutive days.

2) Temporary Partial Disability Benefits (TPD): An injured or ill worker may receive the difference between his post-injury wage and his pre-injury wage for up to twenty-four months while he recovers from his medical condition if he can perform work during his recovery period for a rate less than his average wage prior to his injury.

3) Permanent Total Disability Benefits (PTD): When a worker is permanently unable to work because of his occupational illness or injury, he will receive 2/3 of his average monthly wage each month under PTD. In order to receive these benefits, the employee must be medically certified as totally disabled.

4) Permanent Partial Disability Benefits (PPD): If an injured worker will be permanently affected by his injury even after he has medically improved to the maximum potential, the worker can receive under PPD an amount dependent on the date of the injury, the degree of impairment, the worker's age, and wages prior to the injury.

Nevada Workers' Compensation Statutes

For a complete list of Nevada workers' compensation statutes, refer to the Nevada Revised Statutes online.

Employers Subject To Workers' Compensation: Labor and Industrial Relations, Chp.616A; Covered Employees: Labor and Industrial Relations, Chp.616A; Benefits: Labor and Industrial Relations, Chp.616C; Claims Procedure: Labor and Industrial Relations, Chp.616C.

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