Nevada law requires all employees to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage. This policy covers the cost of medical treatment and lost wages for workplace injuries and occupational diseases.
Nevada businesses with one or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance.
Under Nevada statutes, any person, firm, voluntary association, private corporation, and public service corporation that hires employees needs to carry this coverage. An “employee” is anyone hired by an employer or through a contract of hire or apprenticeship.
Casual employees who worked less than 20 days at a total cost of less than $500 are exempt from this requirement if the employment is not in the course of trade, business, profession, or occupation of the employer – except for construction trades.
Unlike most other states, Nevada does not exclude sole proprietors, independent contractors, subcontractors, and their employees from workers' compensation requirements. They are deemed employees unless they are an "independent enterprise."
Health insurance providers can deny claims for work-related injuries, so buying this coverage can help protect against expensive medical costs. Workers' comp benefits can also help keep your business afloat while you recover from a work injury.
Each employer’s cost for worker’s compensation coverage is based on workers’ compensation class codes, which depend on the work duties performed by employees. Your workers’ compensation insurance company will determine your cost based on how many employees perform different jobs at your company and their exposure to risk.
Workers’ compensation in Nevada is regulated by the State of Nevada Department of Business and Industry Workers’ Compensation Section (WCS).
To save money on workers' comp, it's important to make sure you classify your employees correctly. Employees with desk jobs or other jobs with a low risk of injury cost less to insure. This also helps you avoid misclassification fines.
In some cases, small business owners can choose to buy pay-as-you-go workers' compensation. This type of workers' comp policy has a low upfront premium, and lets you make payments based on your actual payroll instead of estimated payroll. It's useful for businesses that hire seasonal help or have fluctuating numbers of employees.
Finally, a documented safety program can help lower workers' comp costs. A safer workplace means fewer accidents, which helps keep your premium low.
Workers' compensation insurance covers the cost of medical treatment and partial lost wages for injured employees.
The doctor, chiropractor, or therapist must be an authorized medical provider chosen by the insurer. The employee must submit a Notice of Injury form and Report of Initial Treatment form.
In Nevada, workers' compensation benefits include:
Most workers' comp policies include employer's liability insurance, which can help cover legal expenses if an employee blames their employer for an injury. However, the exclusive remedy provision in most workers' comp policies prohibits an employee from suing their employer if they accept workers' comp benefits.
For details, read the state's Employee Guide [PDF] for injured workers.
If an employer fails to obtain or maintain workers’ compensation insurance in Nevada, it could be charged a fine up to $15,000 in addition to premium penalties and a stop-work order until insurance is obtained.
The employer would also be financially liable for any injuries that happen during the period when an employee is uninsured. Additionally, if a work-related injury results in substantial bodily harm or death, the employer could be held criminally responsible.
If an employee dies as a result of a work-related injury or illness, death benefits can be awarded to surviving dependents.
Surviving dependents include any child under 18, a child under age 22 who is a full-time student, or a child of any age who is incapable of self-support. A living spouse is always entitled to death benefits.
If the deceased worker has no spouse or children, benefits could be awarded to their dependent parents or minor siblings, as well as other family members who were dependent on the person for financial support.
The deceased worker’s spouse can receive 66% of the worker’s average monthly wage, up to a maximum that changes each year. This benefit is for the spouse and children and is divided if the spouse is not the parent of the children. If that’s the situation, the spouse would receive half of the benefit and the children would share the other half.
Workers’ comp benefits also include burial costs up to $10,000.
A workers’ compensation settlement is an agreement between the parties that will resolve your workers’ compensation claim. This benefits both the employee and the employer. A settlement in a workers' comp claim is a full and final resolution.
Most states pay workers’ compensation settlements in a lump sum. In Nevada, lump-sum payments are only allowed for some types of benefits.
Permanent partial disability (PPD) benefits are awarded when your claim is accepted or you’ve received the award from a workers’ compensation judge. This is when a worker has a permanent impairment but can still work to some degree.
If you’re entitled to PPD benefits, you can request a lump-sum payout. In most cases, though, a PPD benefit is paid in installments until the worker reaches age 70. There are specific circumstances when you can collect a partial lump sum based on your disability rating and the date of your injury.
Nevada also allows for vocational rehabilitation benefits. If a worker is eligible for job retraining, education, or assistance finding a job, they might qualify for these biweekly maintenance payments while receiving services. The worker has a right to these services but could choose to forfeit them and accept a lump-sum payment instead. This lump sum must be at least 40% of the amount of the maximum vocational rehabilitation benefits to which they’re entitled.
An injured worker is encouraged to notify the employer of the injury as soon as possible, but state law requires notice within seven days. The employee then has 90 days from the date of injury to submit a form to the state if they missed work because of the injury or illness or sought medical treatment.
If the workplace injury results in death, the survivors have one year from the worker’s death in which to file a Nevada workers' compensation claim.
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