Reno work accidents best handled by experienced Nevada workers compensation lawyers
The U.S. Department of Labor announced this month that more than 1.2 million work injury or accident cases resulted in time away from work in 2010.
Sprains, strains and tears were the most commonly reported injury. Nationwide, work-related motor vehicle accidents continue to account for nearly half of all work injuries. So far, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has also issued warnings about the safety of retail employees during Black Friday shopping events, the dangers of falls in the workplace, and the hazards associated with chemical exposure.
Reno work accidents are complex cases and require the knowledge of a Nevada workers’ compensation lawyer and personal injury attorney who can protect your rights and the future financial well-being of you and your family.
Despite an overall decrease in the number of work accidents, which is attributable to the economic downturn, a number of professions reported an increase in on-the-job injuries last year, including delivery drivers (up 24 percent), landscapers (up 10 percent), cooks (up 20 percent) and nurses (up 5 percent).
Tragically, people who would not dream of doing their own taxes, decide that negotiating the bureaucracy and competing interests of a work-accident claim is something they can handle on their own. Failure to properly report or pursue a claim can impact your ability to collect damages and get back on your feet. It may even prevent you from seeking disability compensation should you be unable to return to work or should your condition worsen in the future.
Unfortunately, in today’s uncertain economic environment, employees are being asked to do more than ever before. And many may be hesitant about reporting a work accident, particularly if they don’t believe the injury is serious. Laws are in place to prevent injured employees from being retaliated against for reporting a work accident. And many types of injuries can worsen over time.
Once you are injured, you and your employer have conflicting interests. Consulting an experienced Reno workers’ compensation lawyer can prevent the kind of unnecessary stress that results when a claim turns complicated or contentious, which is frequently the case. Permitted treatment options, your disability ratings under Nevada law and the timeliness of payments are all issues with which a Nevada work-accident lawyer can assist you.
When you or a loved one is injured in a work accident, you need an advocate whose focus is on fighting for the resources necessary to restore your health.
Nevada workers’ compensation payments can:
-Pay for necessary medical treatment to help you recover to the greatest extend possible.
-Pay partial compensation for lost wages.
-Compensates dependents for work-related death.
-Compensates for permanent loss of use or body function.
Steps to take following a work accident in Reno:
-Report the injury to your employer. Make the report in writing and keep a copy for yourself. The law gives you 7 days.
-Seek medical treatment. Don’t wait!!.........The law permits 90 days but long delays in seeking medical treatment can make it more difficult to prove the injury resulted from a work accident.
-The insurance company must notify you within 30 days about the acceptance or denial of your claim. Again, you should have a Reno injury lawyer help prepare and review your claim. Omitted body parts or injuries on a claim form are as good as a denial.
-Denied claims must be challenged within 70 days. If you have had an experienced law firm represent you thus far, it will be much easier to prepare the necessary challenges.
If you or a loved one is injured on the job or in an accident, call Joey Gilbert Law today for a free confidential consultation - (775) 574-4774. Never a fee unless we win your case! Se Habla Español.