Workers Compensation for Police Officers and Firefighters in Las Vegas

Nevada police officers and firefighters have special workers compensation laws.  As a way of honoring our first responders, Nevada lawmakers have made workers compensation more inclusive and generous for our police officers and firefighters.

The main categories of injury covered by special workers compensation for law enforcement and firefighters includes: – Contagious diseases such as tuberculosis, hepatitis, and HIV – Cancer – Heart disease – Lung disease Some limitations apply, including the length of time that the police officer or firefighter has been employed.

How are police officers and firefighters exposed to Hepatitis A?

Police officers and firefighters are at risk from contracting Hepatitis A through each of these transmission routes. In order to do their jobs, they accept the risks of close contact with many people who are at high risk of carrying Hepatitis A: – Persons who use illegal drugs – Prisoners – Persons who are homeless – Persons who suffer mental health challenges

Do police and firefighting staff who work desk jobs have special access to workers compensation?

No, police and firefighting staff who work desk jobs do not have the same access to workers compensation as officers who are working with the public. Examples of those who would receive special consideration in firefighter or police officer workers compensation cases include sheriffs, park wardens, game wardens, highway patrol officers, fire marshalls, and certain investigators and forensic specialists.

What special consideration to police officers and firefighters receive in regards to their workers compensation claims?

Workers compensation claims from workers who are not police officers or firefighters require that the claimant (i.e., injured person) prove that their injury was work-related. Injuries and contagious diseases suffered by police officers and firefighters, on the other hand, are assumed to be work-related without requiring evidence. If contested, the burden of proof would fall to the insurance representative, not to the police officer or firefighter

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