Tag Archives: Nevada workers compensation


Cost of PPD increased
By admin on February 23, 2016

In most cases, it is the Insurer who is responsible for paying the cost of a Permanent Partial Disability exam. However, in some cases, the burden falls on the injured worker. Unfortunately, this burden just got a bit heavier for injured workers to carry in these rare situations. Effective February 1, 2016, the cost of … Continue reading Cost of PPD increased

Mileage reimbursement decreased in 2016
By admin on January 12, 2016

Effective January 1, 2016, the reimbursement rate for workers compensation related travel has been decreased significantly from 57.5 cents per mile to 54 cents per mile. Injured workers are eligible for mileage allowance under NAC 616C.150. Mileage is eligible for reimbursement if the injured worker is traveling to a doctor’s appointment related to his or her workers … Continue reading Mileage reimbursement decreased in 2016

DIR Conference Oriented Toward Insurers
By admin on August 24, 2015

The fifth annual Division of Industrial Relations Workers’ Compensation conference, held on August 19 and 20, 2015, was attended mostly by people servicing employers , insurers,  and third-party administrators in the workers’ compensation industry in Nevada.  Few of the speakers focused on educating the attendees about the needs of injured workers, with the notable exception … Continue reading DIR Conference Oriented Toward Insurers


Getting benefits after you win your case
By admin on August 21, 2015

I have a lot of information on my website, blog posts, and Youtube videos for those injured workers in Nevada who want to represent themselves at hearings.  But it appears that I haven’t addressed an important topic for those of you who successfully contest a claim denial and win your case in front of a … Continue reading Getting benefits after you win your case

DIR Undertakes Long-Overdue Review of Discount Rate
By admin on August 20, 2015

The following is an article from WorkCompCentral, an online workers’ compensation news reporting service and resource center for the work comp industry and injured workers.   I haven’t received a response from DIR to the Petition to Amend Regulation that I filed on July 29.  DIR has 30 days to respond to that Petition.  I am … Continue reading DIR Undertakes Long-Overdue Review of Discount Rate

Lump Sum PPD Awards Not Right in Nevada
By admin on August 3, 2015

Question:  Why is the PPD lump sum so much less than the total  installment amount?   Answer:  An injured worker may take up to a 25% whole person permanent partial disability award in a lump sum reduced to  present value under Nevada law (NRS 616C.495).  Present value means the current worth of all the installment payments … Continue reading Lump Sum PPD Awards Not Right in Nevada


Permanent Partial Disability Evaluations-2014
By admin on July 13, 2015

Thank you to Katherine Godwin, Supervisor of the Medical Unit, at the Devision of Industrial Relations-Workers Compensation Section, for providing me with the number of rating evaluations in Nevada for fiscal year 2014 (July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014). A total of 5405 ratings were assigned by DIR, with 1249 in the North, 3749 … Continue reading Permanent Partial Disability Evaluations-2014

Nevada Work Comp Benefits for Injuries after 7/1/15
By admin on June 29, 2015

Nevada employees whose work-related accident or occupational illness occurs after 7/1/15 are entitled to receive the lesser of 2/3 of their actual average monthly, or 2/3 of the state maximum average monthly wage of $5,426.25.   If the injured worker was making more than the state maximum, she is only entitled to receive 2/3 of the … Continue reading Nevada Work Comp Benefits for Injuries after 7/1/15

Injured Workers in Nevada Survive 2015 Legislative Changes
By admin on June 2, 2015

The 78th session of the Nevada legislature closed last night with a close call for Nevada’s most severely injured workers.   The self-insured employers’ lobbyist tried a last minute attack on how  permanent partial disability awards are calculated by pushing for adoption of the 6th edition of the AMA Guides to Evaluation of Permanent Impairment.  Changing … Continue reading Injured Workers in Nevada Survive 2015 Legislative Changes


Work-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries in Nevada
By admin on June 1, 2015

Traumatic brain injuries that happen at work are almost always caused by a fall from a ladder, the roof of a building, the top of a truck, scaffolding, or on a construction site.   The injured worker may or may not lose consciousness immediately following the accident, and there are usually other physical injuries such as … Continue reading Work-Related Traumatic Brain Injuries in Nevada

Physician Progress Report: Get one every doctor visit
By admin on May 27, 2015

Following every visit to your authorized treating doctor, be sure to ask the doctor or his assistant for a copy of the doctor’s physician progress report.  There is a DIR-approved form that most doctors use, although some have modified the form to include their office address, phone number, and have slightly different boxes for slightly … Continue reading Physician Progress Report: Get one every doctor visit

Cancer in Nevada Firefighters
By admin on May 20, 2015

Fire fighters have a law entitling them to workers’ compensation benefits under a law written especially for fire fighters.  NRS 617.453 provides for a rebuttable presumption that a cancer is work-related for fire fighters with 5 years or more of full-time, continuous employment if the   person was exposed to a known carcinogen and the carcinogen is … Continue reading Cancer in Nevada Firefighters


Should I Attend a PPD When I Need More Treatment?
By admin on May 15, 2015

As you know, I offer a free review of your Nevada  rating evaluation on your workers’ compensation claim if you fax it to me with what you think might be wrong with the rating. My fax number is (702) 731-9097.  Additionally, I will be posting one of my readers’ questions regarding permanent partial disability awards … Continue reading Should I Attend a PPD When I Need More Treatment?

Legislative Update on Bills Affecting Injured Workers
By admin on March 31, 2015

Steve Miller ran two articles today in the Nevada Journal on the proposed legislation that would allow injured workers greater rights to choose their treating physicians. Let’s hope that Nevada’s lawmakers read them and pay particular attention to how ineffective DIR is with regard to looking out for the interests of injured workers as we … Continue reading Legislative Update on Bills Affecting Injured Workers

2015 Cost of Nevada PPD Exam
By admin on March 18, 2015

Effective 2/1/15 through 1/31/16, the cost of a permanent partial disability evaluation on a Nevada workers’ compensation claim is $754.62. That is for two body parts. The cervical spine is considered one body part, the thoracic spine another body part, and the lumbar spine would be a separate body part. For each additional body part … Continue reading 2015 Cost of Nevada PPD Exam


Legislation: Find Your Nevada representatives
By admin on March 6, 2015

Click on this website to find out who your representatives are in state government so that you can voice your opinion on this important issue: https://www.leg.state.nv.us/Division/Research/Library/FAQ/WhichLegislatorRepresents.html?CFID=23920731&CFTOKEN=bf710a33b7c9b575-B1993405-F17A-47AD-CBA1A41D2BF543E2

Help! Prevent Terrible Changes to Work Comp
By admin on March 5, 2015

  The Nevada legislature meets only once every other year, and this year doesn’t look good for the changes that could gut benefits for Nevada’s injured workers. The amendment so many of us committed work comp attorneys hoped would get out of the senate committee on commerce and labor and to the legislature for a … Continue reading Help! Prevent Terrible Changes to Work Comp

FMLA Could Save Your Job After Work Injury
By admin on February 6, 2015

If you work for an employer who employs more than 50 employees and you have worked sufficient hours to qualify for FMLA time (29 U.S.C.2601), you may want to ask that any time you are off work for your work injury be designated as FMLA time, particularly if you expect to be released full duty … Continue reading FMLA Could Save Your Job After Work Injury


IME Docs’ Perspective
By admin on November 9, 2014

 This past weekend (November 7-9, 2014), I spoke twice at a conference of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.  Orthopedic doctors from various states attending the particular sessions I taught were mostly older, and many were hired by industrial insurance adjusters to do independent medical exams on claims where attorneys were involved.   I had … Continue reading IME Docs’ Perspective

Saved by the Dogs: Credibility of Work Comp Lawyer
By admin on April 25, 2014

I had a Metro cop come to the office the other day for a free consultation.  When I greeted him in the waiting room, before he even rose from the couch to shake my hand, he stated that he didn’t like or trust lawyers.  I smiled and replied that most people I meet do have … Continue reading Saved by the Dogs: Credibility of Work Comp Lawyer

Watch What You Post on Facebook When Injured
By admin on April 9, 2014

 Think twice about posting those photos of you playing softball at your family reunion last weekend if you have an open workers’ compensation claim.  Your Facebook photos or Twitter posts about what you are doing could be ammunition gathered by an insurance  company investigator to be used to deny your  claim.  Illinois workers’ compensation attorney … Continue reading Watch What You Post on Facebook When Injured


Reopening Rights Expanded by Nevada Supreme Court
By admin on June 17, 2013

 The Nevada Supreme Court published a decision that is favorable for injured workers this month in Williams v. United Parcel Services, 129 Nev. Adv.Op. 41 (6/6/13).  Two years after his back injury claim was closed, Williams, a UPS employee, asked to reopen his claim for more medical care.  His reopening request was denied because he … Continue reading Reopening Rights Expanded by Nevada Supreme Court


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