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Vocational rehabilitation is one the few things/programs I like about the Nevada workers’ compensation system. In short it offers injured workers the ability to learn a new trade and find a job, when they can no longer return to their previous employment. See my blog on vocational rehabilitation for more information. The conclusion of the … Continue reading 2019 Brought Positive Changes To Vocational Rehabilitation!
Any injured worker over the age of 30 with a serious work injury is likely to find some reference in his or her medical records to degeneration of the body part being examined. Degenerative disc disease, for example, is actually a normal part of the aging process. But insurers and their third-party administrators start to … Continue reading Nevada Insurers Often Wrong About Pre-existing Conditions
Virginia : The primary purpose of my blog posts is to inform Nevada’s injured workers about the law and the claims process. However, I occasionally like to offer my readers from the workers’ compensation industry a more detailed analysis of a current issue that requires a working familiarity with Nevada workers compensation claims. The … Continue reading Dr. Pirruccello Explains How to Rate Spinal Injuries
Mark Kabins, M.D. spoke to a small group of claimants’ attorneys last week to talk about treatment of work-related spinal injuries. Dr. Kabins, a long-time resident of Las Vegas, was a very animated and passionate speaker about treating injuries under workers’ compensation claims. He is a Diplomat of both the American Board of Orthopedic … Continue reading Mark Kabins, M.D., Orthopedic spine surgeon
If you are injured while in the course and scope of your employment while driving, and the accident wasn’t your fault, your case is more complicated than the usual work injury case. I urge you to consult with a knowledgeable attorney so that you do not lose important rights and sources of recovery available to … Continue reading Work-related Car Accident Claims Are Complicated
There are two ways a Nevada worker might receive treatment for a post-traumatic stress disorder under a Nevada workers’ compensation claim: 1) The claimant has an accepted claim for a physical injury and the PTSD is a compensable consequence of that injury and needs treatment. If so, the claimant might get some psychological counseling and … Continue reading Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder- Nevada Comp Law
Most people, excluding lawyers, are likely to tell you that it is an obvious fact that strenuous activity involving load on the back in occupations with heavy lifting, twisting, bending, and carrying will cause more back injuries. Athletes and medical professionals are less likely to make the injury causation assumption, and will respond that people … Continue reading Low Back Pain: Work-Related or Not?
Some injured workers are delivered a low blow by their adjuster when their treating surgeon for their Nevada work comp injury finds that they first take care of a unrelated medical problem before surgery can go forward. For example, many hurt workers will find that their blood pressures spike from being in pain from the … Continue reading Suspended Benefits for a Non-industrial Medical Condition
There is a renewed trend among particular self-insured employers and third-party administrators (TPA’s) in Nevada to send a Notice of Claim Acceptance for "lumbar strain only" on low back injury claims. My fellow claimants’ attorneys are also noticing an increase in claims where adjusters are denying medical treatment for a herniated disc, because the claim was accepted for … Continue reading Are They Calling Your Herniated Disc a Lumbar Strain?
Injured employees in Nevada have a limited right to choose a treating doctor. The workers’ compensation insurer or third-party administrator for the employer has a list of doctors that have contracted to provide medical care at reduced fees. Once the injured worker’s claim is accepted, he or she has the right to ask for a … Continue reading Does An Injured Worker Have to Go to Their Doctor?
The most important benefit under the Nevada workers’ compensation system is the injured employee’s right to get medical treatment. I have prior blog posts about the limitations on that right that are written into Nevada law, such as the limited right to choose a treating doctor. I also just wrote about insurers’ attempts to deny … Continue reading More Unfair Tactics Against Nevada’s Injured Workers
The Bellagio blackjack dealer whose face was slashed just before Christmas this past year filed a lawsuit this week against her employer and her jailed attacker, according to theLas Vegas RJ today (2/26/13). The newspaper stated that the legal complaint against the Bellagio by the injured employee alleges that employer Bellagio failed to ensure … Continue reading Employer Bellagio Sued by Blackjack Dealer for Attack
Preliminary reporting by the U.S.bureau of Labor Statistics for 2010-2011 states that there were 458 homicides in the workplace nationwide. 22 of those work fatalities were in Nevada and were caused by violent co-workers, employers or others. However, not all violent deaths or injuries that happen at work are covered under workers’ compensation insurance. An employee who … Continue reading Workplace Homicides and Violent Work Injuries
Here’s an intersting article on PTSD:that sheds some light on why subsequent events that are minor can trigger such a strong reaction in the PTSD patient. http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/10/08/mice-study-suggests-brain-switch-implicated-in-ptsd/45723.html?
I am excited to welcome Francesca Senior to my staff as new office administrator and legal assistant. Francesca has an amazing background in international horse horse show jumping as a professional rider and trainer. She brings her experience in the horse industry in barn management, sales and marketing of European sport horses, charity fundraising, and managing horse shows to … Continue reading Work-Related Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
Many injured workers with severe spinal cord injuries are reluctant to mention to their treating physician that they have had sexual dysfunction since their work accident in Nevada. Males in particular are embarrassed to bring up this topic with their doctors. Unless the doctor initiates the discussion and directly asks about any sexual problems, the problem … Continue reading Sexual Problems May Be Related to Spinal Cord Injury
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?
Back injuries, followed closely by shoulder injuries, are the most common job-related injuries for my clients in the nursing field. Nurses, and those employed as nursing attendants are at high risk for these injuries primarily because they must transfer patients from beds to gurneys or to wheel chairs, or to baths. A new law in California requires hopsitals to … Continue reading Nurses and Attendants at Risk for Low Back Injuries
Some questions I receive from injured workers have nothing to do with workers’ compensation law, but are instead about how to make it through the difficult times following a work accident. Few people can pay all necessary bills for very long on workers’ comp benefits of only two-thirds of their average monthly wage. Most injured … Continue reading Surviving the Tough Times