Nevada: Senate committee hears complaints about state's workers' comp system
Members of the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee listened to representatives of the AFL-CIO and other groups outline how they believe the state's comp system makes it difficult for injured employees to receive proper medical care and rehabilitation services to ensure a quick return to the job. Danny Thompson, head of the state's AFL-CIO division, told committee Chairwoman Sen. Maggie Carlton, D-Las Vegas, that the system is in need of reform to provide stronger rights for employees who are injured on the job.
In addition to the hearing, the committee is reviewing proposed legislation that would require the state to apply the Fifth Edition of the American Medical Association's Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment in all examinations for a permanent partial disability. S. 195 would also eliminate the requirement that no factor other than the degree of physical impairment of the whole person be considered in calculating the entitlement to compensation. According to a fiscal analysis of the bill, this could add up to 3 percent in additional costs on permanent partial disability awards.
April 13, 2009
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