What is the Workers Compensation Program?
Workers Compensation is an insurance program which covers injuries and diseases that are work related. Fault or negligence by the employer or the employee is not considered in the injured employee’s claim for benefits. The primary objective of the program is to return the injured employee to gainful employment as quickly as possible.
In order to receive benefits for a covered injury or disease, a claim must be initiated by the injured employee by completing the following workers compensation forms as required by law.
- Notice of Injury or Occupational Disease (Form C-1)
- Claim for Compensation (Form C-4)
- Workers' Compensation Leave Option Choice Form
CCSD is self-insured for all workers compensation claims.
Notice of Injury or Occupational Disease (Form C-1)
If an injury or occupational disease (OD) arises out of and in the course of employment, the injured employee must provide written notice to his/her supervising administrator by completing a Form C-1 as soon as practicable, but no later than 7 days after the accident or OD. C-1 forms are available at the job site.
- The C-1 form must be fully completed by the injured employee, including a signature and a date as required by the form.
- Upon receipt of the injured employee’s fully completed C-1 form, the site administrator or immediate supervisor is mandated by law to sign and date it. The signature of the supervisor is an acknowledgment of the receipt of the C-1 form and is not deemed to be admission of liability on the part of the District, site administrator, or immediate supervisor.
Claim for Compensation (Form C-4)
If medical treatment is sought, the form C-4 is available at the place of initial treatment. The injured must file a completed C-4 form within 90 days after an accident or occupational disease.
Workers Compensation benefits may include:
State law allows the school district to establish a network of preferred providers for the purpose of treating employees that are injured on the job or have an occupational disease. With the exception of life-threatening conditions, injured employees can obtain medical care only from providers who are listed on the school district-approved network of workers compensation providers.
If the authorized treating or attending doctor has certified the injured employee unable to work for a period of at least 5 consecutive days, or 5 cumulative days in a 20-day period, or places temporary work restrictions that the school district does not accommodate, the injured employee may be entitled to temporary total disability (TTD) compensation. TTD compensation is 66 2/3 percent of the injured employee’s average monthly wage at the time of the injury, subject to a maximum limit set by the state. School district employees have the option to continue to receive their normal salary in lieu of TTD by using part of their accrued sick leave as income continuation supplement. A Leave Option Choice Form should be completed if the employee is certified unable to work to assist in the proper coordination of their benefits.
Injured employees who are unable to return to their usual and customary occupation due to permanent work restrictions may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services. The injured employee’s right to such services depends on the employee’s place of residence. Furthermore, a lump sum buyout in lieu of vocational services may be obtained.
In the event a work-related injury or accident results in the death of the employee, workers compensation will cover burial expenses and survivor’s and/or dependent’s compensation subject to a maximum limit set by the state.
The information presented herein is derived from Chapters 616A to 617 of the Nevada Revised Statutes and is provided for informational purposes only. Risk Management does not render legal advice or services, and an appropriate professional should be consulted concerning legal issues.