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When an employee suffers a work-related injury, they may be entitled to compensation from their employer. However, if they do not have legal representation, they could lose out on important workers compensation benefits. When someone has been injured at work, I understand the first instinct isn’t to hire a lawyer. However, having a lawyer on … Continue reading Should I Hire a Workers Comp Lawyer or Do It Myself?
Workers’ comp vs. personal injury lawsuits – what’s the difference? Get the facts about these two types of cases. In Nevada, employers must provide workers’ compensation insurance for employees injured on the job. This coverage provides medical care, disability payments, and other benefits to injured workers. Workers Comp vs. Personal Injury Lawsuits: What’s The Difference? … Continue reading Workers Compensation Vs. Personal Injury Lawsuits
One of the questions I receive from my clients is, “why do worker’s compensation attorneys appeal the initial claim acceptance letter and subsequent scope determinations?” This is a good question and often doesn’t make sense to injured workers’ when they are receiving the treatment they want or need. One of the reasons attorney’s appeal the … Continue reading Why Do Worker’s Compensation Attorneys Appeal The Initial Claim Acceptance Letter?
Not necessarily! If your claim is running smoothly, you are getting the treatment you need, and you are receiving all your benefits, then proceed on your own. However, there are benefits to having an attorney that is knowledgeable regarding workers’ compensation law. What benefits are there in having an attorney’s assistance? A knowledgeable workers’ compensation … Continue reading I filed a workers’ compensation claim, do I need an attorney?
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
Here’s a rather lengthy article by the staff writer for Lexis Nexis Workers’ Comp. Communities, a website for workers’ comp lawyers, about a conference I spoke at on the topic of why injured workers hire lawyers. it was an interesting panel discussion with both defense lawyers and claimants’ attorneys. My bottom line message was … Continue reading Hiring a Lawyer: Things to Consider
This is what I do for injured workers who would like a free legal consultation: First, I, or one of my experienced legal assistants, asks the injured workers a few pertinent questions to make sure that they have a Nevada claim, that they have already filed a claim, that they do not already have an attorney representing … Continue reading Free Legal Consultation- What to Expect
A local personal injury attorney has a TV ad in which he says that a personal injury claim is all about the money. While that may be true for that attorney’s clients, my clients want more than money. Here is what on most injured workers’ minds who visit my website, read my blog posts, or meet with … Continue reading It’s NOT About the Money
The problem with the Internet articles I see on many sites that look like they provide good information for injured workers is that the content is not specific to Nevada workers’ compensation law. Each state has its own laws that determine work comp benefits. If information is not specific to Nevada law, then injured workers … Continue reading Be Careful What You Read
Work-Related Car Accidents: Do You Need A Personal Injury Lawyer or A Work Comp Attorney? Many people have jobs that require that they drive while working, and that means they are at risk for job-related car accidents. If the accident and injury is caused by the fault of someone who is not your employer or not … Continue reading Work-Related Car Accidents: Do You Need a Personal Injury Lawyer, A Workers Comp Lawyer, or Both?
The recent edition of "In Business" magazine reports that the world’s largest solar eneregy project located near Primm is providing 480 laborer psotions on site, and that 10 to 15% of the workers come from Clark County. In addition to union labor, who must come from’San Berardino County first,,there will also be about 220 executive and … Continue reading Las Vegans Headed Back to Work? Let’s Hope So!
The January 16, 2011 on line edition of the NY Times reports on the unregulated business of loaning money to plaintiffs in personal injury lawsuits, often with devastating financial consequences for the injured borrower who ends up paying astronomical interest rates. Unlike injured workers with accepted workers compensation claims, plaintiffs with personal injury claims must … Continue reading Lawsuit Loans on Nevada Workers’ Comp Claims
Q: If I file a workers’ compensation claim, does that mean that I am suing my employer? A: No. When you go to a doctor for your work injury, the doctor should give you a C-4 (Claim for Compensation form) when you tell the doctor that you were hurt at work. Your completion of the upper … Continue reading Is Filing a Claim the Same As Suing My Employer?
This is a real story about a real client. We will protect his identity by calling him Joe, and by saying only that he worked for a very large employer. He hired me near the end of his claim, and after considering what issues might still come up on his claim, I agreed to discount my usual fee and represent … Continue reading Worth Paying Attorneys’ Fees? You Judge.
True or False: The longer a Nevada workers’ comp claimant is out of work, the greater the settlement award?By Jason Weinstock on March 12, 2010 Posted in Lawyers,Permanent partial disability awards
Apparently, the doctors who wrote the American Medical Association’s Guides to the Evaluation of Disease and Injury Causation don’t know the answer to this week’s question either. Dr. J. Mark Melhorn and Dr. William Ackerman, editors of the 2008 book designed to help workers’ comp doctors answer medical causation questions, write that disability in the workplace is rampant in the … Continue reading True or False: The longer a Nevada workers’ comp claimant is out of work, the greater the settlement award?
Three people who met with me for a free consultation last week all told me that they thought the best time to hire a workers compensation lawyer to help them with their claim was right before they were scheduled for a permanent partial disability evaluation. Two told me that they had had free consultations with … Continue reading The Worst Time to Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
My office receives at least one phone call a week from an injured worker who is unhappy with how their attorney handled their contested case at a hearing. Unfortunately, it is usually too late for me to help those callers. A recent decision from the Nevada Supreme Court illustrates one reason why it is too … Continue reading Injured Workers Are Stuck with Their Attorneys’ Negligence
1. You aren’t the type to hire a lawyer Let’s say you are concerned that you might not be getting all benefits that are or could be owed to you under your claim. Most lawyers offer free consultations, and you can even have consultations with several different attorneys to compare information given by each. Whatever … Continue reading 5 Reasons Not to Hire a Work Comp Lawyer