Workers' Comp FAQ

Workers' Compensation FAQ

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Workplace injuries can leave an employee dazed and confused, uncertain of what to do next. Perhaps you are in this situation and need advice and guidance regarding compensation. Shook & Stone is a premier personal injury and workers' compensation firm in Southern Nevada and has the experience and skill to handle your case. Whether you are looking to file a workers' comp claim or need to appeal a denial, a Reno workers' comp attorney from our team can help. Engage in a free case evaluation with our firm today to get the answers and representation you're looking for.

What is workers' comp?
Workers' compensation is financial coverage offered to employees who are injured on the job. This compensation can come in the form of a monthly payment, or it can take the form of a settlement known as a permanent partial disability award (PPD award). The latter is only available to certain injured workers who are determined to be disabled by a licensed physician.

Is my employer covered by workers' compensation insurance?
The state of Nevada requires nearly every employer to offer workers' compensation. This means that your employer is most likely covered. If so, they must have provided you with information regarding this coverage at the start of your employment. Any further information or confirmation of such coverage can be determined by speaking with your human resources department.

How do I file a workers' comp claim?
The first step is to report your injury to your supervisor as soon as possible. If emergency treatment is necessary, be sure to follow your employer's guidelines. Next, obtain the necessary paperwork from human resources, complete it, and return it to your employer to be submitted to their insurance company. They will then review your claim and inform you whether it was accepted or denied.

Who is eligible for workers' compensation?
Any worker who was injured while on the job is eligible for compensation as long as they did not cause their accident and/or injury due to their own negligence or recklessness.

What causes workers' comp accidents?
Most workplace accidents are a result of negligence or reckless behavior. For example, an employee could spill something and fail to clean it up or warn others of the slippery area. As a result, another worker could slip and fall. Other types of accidents are caused by mechanical failure or heavy lifting. OSHA violations can result in accidents and injury, as well, and should be reported.

What kinds of injuries are covered by workers' comp?
Any type of injury sustained on the job is covered by workers' comp. These include, but are not limited to, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, tendonitis, eye injuries, loss of limbs, broken bones, brain injuries, and severe burns.

Why do I need a workers' comp lawyer?
Retaining an attorney to assist you will ensure that you correctly complete the necessary paperwork and submit it on time. If you make a mistake, omit information, or miss a deadline, your claim could be denied and you will have to go through the lengthy appeals process to correct the problem. You may even be unable to obtain compensation at all. Contact a lawyer immediately if you have suffered a workplace injury.

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Since 1997, Shook & Stone has recovered more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts for injured clients across the state of Nevada. We do our best to reach a satisfactory settlement without litigation, but we are also skilled trial lawyers who are not afraid to represent you in court. Let us fight for your rights as an injured worker and win the benefits you deserve. Your initial case evaluation is free, so contact a Reno workers' compensation attorney from Shook & Stone today.

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