Tag Archives: PPD


Nevada Workers Compensation Law NRS 616C.145
By Jason Weinstock on October 9, 2019

Claimants love it and insurers don’t… the famous/infamous NRS 616C.145. Prior to the 1990’s Nevada workers’ compensation claims used to be liberally construed in favor of the injured worker, claims would move much faster, and the whole process was much less burdensome than it is today. It was in the 1990’s that the wind shifted … Continue reading Nevada Workers Compensation Law NRS 616C.145

Should I Attend a PPD When I Need More Treatment?
By Jason Weinstock 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?

Dr. Pirruccello Explains How to Rate Spinal Injuries
By Jason Weinstock on September 28, 2014

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


What’s An Apportionment of Your PPD Award?
By Jason Weinstock on August 30, 2014

Forgive me for not explaining the word apportionment sooner in my past blog posts about permanent partial disability awards on Nevada workers’ compensation claims.   It’s a bad word, and it means subtraction from the percentage of impairment.  It the rating doctor writes in his report that he found you have a 10% whole body impairment, … Continue reading What’s An Apportionment of Your PPD Award?

Can I Hire a Lawyer after I Get My PPD Offer on My Nevada Claim?
By Jason Weinstock on February 23, 2014

  Can I Hire a Lawyer After I Get My PPD Rating?   Yes, you may.  Just make sure that you are getting experienced guidance and good value for paying an attorney fee at this late stage of the claim, and be aware that attorneys’ fees will differ from one attorney to the next on … Continue reading Can I Hire a Lawyer after I Get My PPD Offer on My Nevada Claim?

Quiz on Nevada Work Comp PPD Awards
By Jason Weinstock on February 18, 2014

  Test your knowledge of permanent partial disability awards on Nevada workers’ compensation claims with the following quiz.  I will post the answers next week with explanations. Have fun!  Quiz Time-  How Much Do You Know About PPD’s in Nevada? True  or  False?          Even if an injured worker has a surgery … Continue reading Quiz on Nevada Work Comp PPD Awards


Cost of Rating Exams Up Again: Get It Right the First Time
By Jason Weinstock on March 12, 2013

     Effective February 1, 2013, the Nevada fee schedule that governs health care providers under the Nevada workers’ compensation system, raised the PPD (permanent partial disability) reimbursement to $718.96.    If the rating physician is rating more than two body parts, he or she can charge an additional $240.11 for each additional body part.  For … Continue reading Cost of Rating Exams Up Again: Get It Right the First Time

More Money: Don’t Miss These Benefits
By Jason Weinstock on October 26, 2012

 A few of the benefits that Nevada injured workers overlook include the following: 1. Prescription coverage  Make sure that your pharmacy has your claim number, and the phone and fax number for your adjuster.  If the adjuster sends you a pharmacy card, be sure to use it.  If your pharmacy tells you they are waiting … Continue reading More Money: Don’t Miss These Benefits

BANG! Work-Related Hearing Loss
By Jason Weinstock on September 30, 2012

Permanent, work-related hearing loss can result when an employee is exposed to an unexpected loud noise, like an explosion at a manufacturing plant.  However, many cases of occupationally-related hearing loss are caused by excessive noise exposure over months, or years  in a work environment that is too loud.   Difficulty hearing or understanding spoken words happens to most of us as we age, so it isn’t always easy … Continue reading BANG! Work-Related Hearing Loss


DIR Complaints Are Insufficient Remedy
By Jason Weinstock on July 11, 2012

 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

It’s NOT About the Money
By Jason Weinstock on June 7, 2012

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

Will Accepting a PPD Award Affect My Job?
By Jason Weinstock on June 2, 2012

Question by an injured worker:  Will accepting a permanent partial disability (PPD)  award affect my job?    Answer:  It shouldn’t.  Having permanent work restrictions may affect your job, but your accepting a PPD award shouldn’t.   Here’s why.  PPD awards for injured workers with Nevada workers’ compensation claims are based on a combination of three … Continue reading Will Accepting a PPD Award Affect My Job?


Am I Entitled to a PPD Award If I’m Released Full Duty?
By Jason Weinstock on March 14, 2012

 Injured workers, employers, and even doctors on workers’ comp provider lists in Nevada remain confused about whether an injured worker who is able to return to work full duty is entitled to a permanent partial disability award.  Depending on the injury, an injured worker may be entitled to a rating evaluation and an award,  even … Continue reading Am I Entitled to a PPD Award If I’m Released Full Duty?

Should I Agree to the Insurer’s Rating Doctor?
By Jason Weinstock on March 6, 2012

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?

Expensive to Obtain a Second Rating
By Jason Weinstock on January 30, 2012

 Each year the WCS Medical Unit of the Division of Industrial Relations (DIR) updates the Medical Fee Schedule that determines the fees for medical services, including impairment evaluations.  Effective February 1, 2012, the current 138 authorized rating doctors may charge $693.31 for up to two body parts.  $231.54  is chargeable for each  additional body part.  For example, an … Continue reading Expensive to Obtain a Second Rating


5 Huge Mistakes Injured Workers Make
By Jason Weinstock on January 12, 2012

1. Going along with bad medical care You don’t have to accept substandard medical care just because you were injured at work. It is hard to correct a botched surgery.  If you feel reluctant or have a gut feeling that the surgeon the insurer has assigned to you isn’t very good or isn’t listening to you, change doctors.  You … Continue reading 5 Huge Mistakes Injured Workers Make

Terrible New Decision for Injured Workers on PPD Ratings
By Jason Weinstock on December 1, 2011

Just before Thanksgiving, the Nevada Supreme Court published a turkey of a decision that robs injured workers of disability award money.  In Public Agency Compensation Trust v. Blake, 127 Nev. Adv. Op. 77 (2011), the court invalidated a long-standing  DIR regulation that addressed how rating doctors are to account for a prior PPD award for a re … Continue reading Terrible New Decision for Injured Workers on PPD Ratings

Knee and Shoulder Injuries at Work
By Jason Weinstock on September 22, 2009

Work-related traumatic injuries to knees and shoulders are common. These are two of the most complex joints in the body. If an injured worker is not getting better with physical therapy, reduced activity, and drugs to reduce inflammation, the initial treating physician may then order a MRI to better diagnose injury to the ligaments, tendons, … Continue reading Knee and Shoulder Injuries at Work