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08/20

Workers’ Compensation Applies to Independent Contractors

Posted by: Jack Bernstein

According to the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit in the Nevada Department of Justice, over 200 employers failed to provide workers’ compensation coverage last year. Many used the excuse that they did not need workers’ compensation coverage because they employed “independent contractors” rather than “employees.” However, Nevada law requires that an employer provide workers’ compensation coverage for employees, subcontractors and independent contractors. The only exception to this rule is if the subcontractor is an “independent enterprise.” This means that the subcontractor must be a separate business. Along with this, the work being performed must be work normally performed by an independent contractor as opposed to an employee.

Failing to provide adequate workers’ compensation coverage is a crime in Nevada. This means that it can prosecuted. Employers can face criminal fines, costs of investigation and restitution for the benefits to the uninsured worker if they are caught breaking the law. The worker who has been denied coverage may have the option to seek compensation from the employer through a civil lawsuit. If you have been denied workers’ compensation and believe that you are entitled to it, contact a workers’ compensation attorney like those at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas.

How an Attorney Can Help You Seek Workers’ Compensation

When a worker is injured on the job, he or she is entitled to compensation for injuries, medical bills and even lost income while recovering. The law requires employers to provide this compensation when an employee is injured on the job. Nevada law includes many subcontractors and even independent contractors in this requirement, so the fact that you are not a full-time employee may not disqualify you from receiving these benefits.

When an employer denies coverage, the company could be breaking the law. To ensure you receive the compensation that you deserve, turn to the team at Bernstein & Poisson in Las Vegas for help. Our skilled team of workers’ compensation attorneys have extensive experience helping injured employees seek and receive compensation from employers who deny coverage.

When you choose the attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson we will help you build a workers’ compensation case as well as represent you during negotiations or in the courtroom. We thoroughly understand workers’ compensation law and will aggressively represent your interests. When you are trying to recover from an injury you received on the job, you are entitled to help from your employer. Let the attorneys at Bernstein & Poisson represent you so you have the best chance at getting the compensation you deserve.

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