Workers Comp Questions?
Las Vegas Workers Compensation Attorney Gerald Welt Has Answers
We get many questions about workers compensation. It is a confusing process, and one wrong move could delay or deny coverage indefinitely. Thus, it helps to have all the information you need at the beginning of the process to increase your chances of obtaining your workers compensation benefits. Attorney Gerald Welt has listed below some of the most common workers comp questions we receive. If we did not address your answers here, then please call our office to schedule a free consultation with us.
Frequently Asked Questions about Nevada Workers Compensation
- What is workers compensation?
- What does workers compensation cover?
- What could cause my workers compensation claim to be denied?
- Am I eligible for workers compensation?
- Does workers compensation affect Social Security Disability benefits?
- How do I receive workers compensation benefits?
- What do I do if my employer objects to my workers compensation claim?
What is workers compensation?
Workers compensation is form of insurance that helps injured employees recover from job-related injuries, illnesses or disorders. If your job played a role in your injury, then you are likely eligible for workers compensation.
- Carpal tunnel from typing for long periods
- Broken or sprained backs from lifting heavy objects
- Equipment malfunctions resulting in serious injuries
- Grease burns, serious cuts or other cooking injuries
- Injuries resulting from toxic exposure to harmful elements like asbestos
The general rule of thumb is that if a first aid kit can heal your injury, then you do not qualify for workers compensation. A workers compensation claim must result from an accident or injury at work. Additionally, an occupational disease must be created exclusively by your employment.
- You were violating a rule or breaking a law when you sustained your injury
- Drugs or alcohol played a role in your injury
- You were injured outside of work hours
- You inflicted the injury upon yourself
- Your injury or illness occurred before your employment began. If a workplace incident exacerbated the condition, then you could be eligible.
Am I eligible for workers compensation?
While Nevada workers compensation covers most critical injuries that occur at work, there are many exceptions. You may also be entitled to seek compensation through a third party claim. Therefore, it is in your best interest to contact our law office to find out if you qualify.
Does workers compensation affect Social Security Disability benefits?
Possibly. As the federal government’s Social Security website states, “workers compensation and other public disability benefits may reduce your Social Security benefits.” Thus, it is important to keep in mind that there are many legal avenues to consider if you suffer from a serious work-related injury or illness. If you speak with our Las Vegas Social Security Disability attorney, then he can recommend the best legal avenue for your injuries.
How do I receive workers compensation benefits?
The first step towards receiving workers compensation benefits is to file a claim with your supervisor. Then, Nevada workers compensation laws require that you file the claim within the time limit. We recommend that you file your claim as soon as the injury happens or as soon as you know it is an occupational disease.
What do I do if my employer objects to my workers compensation claim?
Call an attorney. There are legitimate reasons to deny some workers compensation claims. However, many employers and insurance companies object to claims because they do not want to pay you while you are out of work. We can investigate your claim, represent you at the hearing and then file an appeal if necessary. Do not lose hope if your first attempt is denied – you still have options.
Contact our Las Vegas Workers Comp Attorney Today
If you were injured in a work-related accident, then call (702) 382-2030. Attorney Gerald Welt has four decades of experience helping injured victims receive compensation for illness and injury. Therefore, we want you to take advantage of our free consultations. Find out if workers compensation or Social Security Disability are potential options for you.