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Effective January 1, 2022, the reimbursement rate for workers compensation related travel has been increased from 56 cents per mile to 58.5 cents per mile. See the Division of Industrial Relations’ memorandum here. Injured workers are eligible for mileage allowance under NAC 616C.150. Mileage is eligible for reimbursement if the injured worker is (1) traveling … Continue reading Mileage Reimbursement Increased for 2022.
On October 8, 2020, the Nevada Supreme Court published their decision in Clark County v. Brent Bean, 136 Nev. Adv. Op. 65 (2020). The Court took the opportunity to agree with the District Court’s reasoning to deny Clark County’s Petition for Judicial Review that permanent partial disability (“PPD”) benefits differ from temporary total disability (“TTD”) … Continue reading The Nevada Supreme Court Says That PPD Benefits Can Be Paid After An Employee Retires.
Previously, I wrote a blog about SB 381, which was a bill passed in the 2019 legislative session that changed how workers’ compensation developed and published their provider lists. SB 381 was codified in the Nevada Revised Statutes at NRS 616C.087. This new statute dictates how many doctors for each specialty an insurer must has … Continue reading New Workers’ Compensation Provider Lists
For Fiscal Year 2021, which began on July 1, 2020, the maximum average monthly wage used to calculate workers’ compensation benefits has increased to $6,275.73. This is applicable to injuries on claims filed after July 1, 2020. If you have a claim established already, this increase will not affect your benefits. The maximum temporary total … Continue reading Nevada Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Injuries After July 1, 2020 (FY 2021).
In a previous blog post I talked about SB 381, which was passed in the 2019 legislative session. SB 381 created some much-needed changes and added regulation in how the Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) compiles their treating provider list. Prior to SB 381 the DIR’s treating provider list had over 4,000 providers, 50% of … Continue reading New Treating Panel of Workers’ Compensation Doctors is Now Posted!
In 2015 Attorney Virginia Hunt, along with a group of other claimant’s attorneys, determined that the Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) had been slacking on their statutory duties to update the actuarial annuity table used in the calculation of permanent partial disability (PPD) awards. It was determined that the actuary table being used had not … Continue reading New 2020 Actuarial Tables Released On June 23, 2020, Go Into Effect On July 1, 2020.
More changes from the Division of Industrial Relations just in for 2020! The Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) is a division within the State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry, which is responsible for overseeing workers’ compensation in Nevada. The DIR has been rolling out changes ever since the end of the 2019 Legislative … Continue reading More Changes From The Division Of Industrial Relations Just In For 2020.
The monthly meeting of the workers’ compensation attorneys who represent injured workers was named the Workers Comp Working Group by the Nevada Justice Association with the presentation of a plaque. It was given to attorneys from the group who attended the annual NJA conference this past weekend in Long Beach California. JP Kemp, Jason Mills, … Continue reading Work Comp attorneys have been busy!
I wish I could say I’m surprised by the lame response by DIR (Division of Industrial Relations) to the Petition I file d in July for DIR to do its job and have an actuary review the discount rate used to convert permanent partial disability awards to present value lump sums. After you read DIR’s … Continue reading Shame on DIR-Lame response to petition
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
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
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
I received a letter from Charles Verre, Chief Administrative Officer of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Division of Industrial Relations responding to my request for more information about the number of benefit penalties against insurers and third-party administrators by DIR. (DIR investigates complaints by injured workers that insurers and/or their third-party administrators are violating … Continue reading Benefit Penalties: Updated Info from DIR
The Nevada Justice Association, comprised of plaintiffs’ attorneys, has a small off-shoot group of workers’ compensation attorneys who represent injured workers. I joined this group, started by Billie-Marie Morrison of Craig Kenny & Associates this past year, and I’m glad I did. The attorneys who attend freely share their practice tips, and … Continue reading A New and Better Regulatory Agency For Nevada Work Comp Claims?
Last year when I contacted the Research and Analysis Supervisor of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Industrial Insurance Regulation Section of the DIR, I was told that only 31 benefit penalties were issued in 2011. I just received statistical information for Fiscal Year 2013 (July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013), and over this … Continue reading DIR Statistics Disappointing for Injured Workers
In 1995, the Nevada legislature passed a law, NRS 616D.030, that injured workers could no longer sue workers’ compensation insurers or the third-party administrators who handle comp claims .Injured workers had been filing lawsuits for money damages against insurer’s or TPA’s for their "bad faith" or negligence in denying or delaying medical care and compensation … Continue reading DIR Complaints Are Insufficient Remedy
If your treating physician on your accepted workers’ compensation claim in Nevada reports to your claims adjuster that you may have a ratable impairment, you should be scheduled for an impairment evaluation 30 days later. This evaluation, also called a rating, will be done by one of the 138 doctors and chiropractors who have been … Continue reading Should I Agree to the Insurer’s Rating Doctor?
The Workers’ Compensation Section of the Division of Industrial Relations has asked us to spread the word that they are offering a free training session for employees on injured workers’ legal rights, how to file a claim, what to do if the employer is uninsured, claims process deadlines, etc. on Wednesday, October 14, 1:30- 3:30 … Continue reading Free Training For Employees Offered By DIR
Congratulations to Alexandra Berzon, a journalist with the Las Vegas Sun, for recently winning the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for her investigative reporting last year of the 9 construction workers who died at CityCenter in a 16-month time period. Ms. Berzon continues to report on the reforms, or rather the lack of significant reforms to … Continue reading Workplace Safety In Nevada