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Entry Upon an Employer's Property in Workers' Compensation Cases: What Purposes Does it Serve and Who May Attend?

An injured worker's attorney may request entry onto the employer's worksite to gather evidence pertinent to the workers' compensation claim. Access to an employer's property is permitted pursuant to Neb. Ct. R. Disc. § 6-334(a)(2), which allows for:

Vocational Rehabilitation Benefits for Injured Nebraska Workers

Vocational rehabilitation services are an important aspect of Nebraska's workers' compensation laws.  The goal of vocational rehabilitation services is to assist an injured worker with a prompt return to gainful, suitable employment.  If an injury leaves a worker with permanent physical restrictions which prevent a return to the job held at the time of injury, she/he may qualify for vocational rehabilitation services under the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Act.  Importantly, in order to be considered appropriate employment, or "gainful employment" as labeled in the Act, available job opportunities must compensate the injured worker at or near the level of compensation received by the employee at the time of the work-related injury.  This means that an injured worker with permanent restrictions does not have to accept post-accident employment at a reduced rate of compensation.

Kids' Chance of Nebraska Scholarship

Kids' Chance of Nebraska is a non-profit charitable organization providing need-based educational scholarships to children of Nebraska workers who have been fatally or seriously injured in a workplace accident. To be eligible for a Kids' Chance scholarship, applicants must:

Physician Choice

When a workers' compensation injury occurs, it is important to understand the rights and rules in Nebraska regarding the initial selection of the treating physician. When an employee suffers an injury, he or she has the right to the initial treating doctor. The rules provide that the chosen physician must have previously treated the employee or must have provided treatment to an immediate family member. The injured worker must provide the name of the family physician chosen as the primary treating physician as soon as possible and before obtaining any medical treatment, unless it is emergency medical treatment. If the employee does not provide a name of a physician, the employer gets to choose the primary treating physician. Additionally, if the physician the employee chooses requires an authorization to confirm your prior treatment and the injured worker does not provide the authorization, the employer/workers' compensation carrier may choose the primary treating physician. The primary treating physician may not be changed once chosen by the injured worker, unless the employer/workers' compensation carrier agrees to the change or the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court orders the change. Click here to view an information sheet published by the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court regarding choice of physician. 

Determining Who the Insurance Carrier is on a Claim

If an injured worker, employer, or insurer is looking to determine which insurance carrier provided coverage during a certain time period, this information may be accessed on the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court's website using the "Coverage Lookup" tab. The party seeking the information will need the Employer Name and/or Federal Employer Identification Number and the coverage/injury/illness date.

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