Injured on the job in Las Vegas? Nevada law may be in your favor
Nevadans suffered over 36,000 workplace injuries in 2011 alone. Half of those injuries were severe enough to lead to missed workdays, job transfer, or job restriction.
Workers in Clark County who have been hurt on the job need someone in their corner. Our Nevada personal injury and accident attorneys can help you determine whether you have a legal claim and how much compensation you might be entitled to.
Best of all, you won't owe us a dime unless and until you receive compensation for your injuries.
Hurt on the job: Employee rights in Nevada
If you were regularly employed in Clark County, you are usually limited to your rights under Nevada workers' compensation laws.
In many ways, these laws can be good for employees. Under Nevada's workers' comp laws, employees in Nevada can collect compensation even if they were at fault for their injury. And workers' compensation is far more certain and less time-consuming than pursuing traditional legal action.
However, Nevada workers' compensation recoveries are subject to maximum payments set by law. People are often dismayed to realize that workers' compensation may be insufficient to pay for all their costs.
If someone in your family was injured or killed on the job, our Clark County personal injury lawyers can help you determine whether workers' comp is your sole route of recovery to your claim. In many cases, there may be a third party that is liable for some or all of your bills.
Hurt on the job: Nevada independent contractors
An increasing number of American employers rely on independent contractors to perform a wide range of duties. If you filled out 1099 paperwork when you started working, it means the person or company you work for considers you an independent contractor. However, this doesn't mean the employer is right.
Independent contractors are ineligible to file workers' compensation claims in Nevada. This has both disadvantages and advantages.
One disadvantage is that independent contractors can prevail in court only if they were not at fault for the accident. Las Vegas lawyers also generally need more time to successfully pursue job injury claims for an independent contractor than for an employee.
However independent contractors are not limited by workers' comp benefit maximums like employees are. This means that if your injury was serious or had catastrophic long-term consequences, Las Vegas attorneys may be able to get you significantly more compensation as an independent contractor than you would be entitled to as an employee.
Is a third-party responsible for my workplace injuries?
Under Nevada law, sometimes a party other than your employer could be partially or totally at fault for your work injury.
For example, if you were hurt by a defective piece of equipment you work with, the manufacturer of the equipment could be liable. Or if a motorist crashes into you while you were on the job, you may also be able to pursue a claim against that driver.
Situations like this are called "third-party claims." Third-party claims allow victims of job injuries in Nevada to be compensated at a level higher than is allowed by the workers' compensation system.
Not everyone will be able to make a third-party claim. Our experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyers can help you determine whether a third party may be at fault for your workplace injury.
Don't hesitate to call us because you think workers' comp is your only avenue of recovery. Many employees are unaware that their job injuries could actually qualify them for a third-party claim until they discuss their options with a personal injury attorney in Clark County.
Job injury damages in Nevada
Depending on the kind of job injury lawsuit that you wage, you may be able to collect damages in the full amount of your related expenses. Compensation you may be entitled to can include:
- Medical bills,
- Loss of wages (including possible future loss of wages),
- Physical and occupational rehabilitation,
- Court costs,
- Pain and suffering, and
- In some cases, punitive damages.
Our Las Vegas job injury attorneys offer free consultations to discuss the facts of your case and the compensation you may be entitled to.
Injured on the job in Nevada? Call us for help...
It may seem that you have few or no options when it comes to getting compensated for an on-the-job injury. But that is not always the case.
At Las Vegas Defense Group, L.L.C., we care about you and want to help you get the compensation you deserve for your workplace injury.
If you've been hurt on the job, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation. If we agree to take your case, you won't pay us a dime unless and until we obtain a settlement or verdict in your favor. If your case is in California, please see our article on when you can sue your employer for workplace injuries in California.
For a free consultation with one of our caring Las Vegas personal injury lawyers, call us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) or fill out the form on this page.
Why wait to get the compensation you deserve? Call us today.