Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Benefits: How to Apply

Nebraska Workers' Compensation

All workers’ compensation claims are handled at the state level. For employees in Nebraska, having a good understanding of the workers’ compensation process may save you time and headache. Below we have provided a brief overview of the steps you should take when filing a workers’ compensation claim in Nebraska and additional information on the program’s statistical history.

Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Process

According to the Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services, employers in Nebraska who employ one or more workers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance. This type of insurance can protect both the employee and the employer in the event of a workplace injury or illness. When it’s time to file a Nebraska workers’ compensation claim, here are the steps you will take:

  1. Report your injury or illness to your supervisor as soon as possible.
  2. Upon learning of your injury or illness, your employer or their insurance company will be required to file a First Report of Alleged Occupational Injury or Illness with the state department within seven days. In the event of death, the incident must be reported within 48 hours.
  3. When first seeking medical treatment for your injury, you should inform your doctor that it is work-related. They can then prepare the proper paperwork and file it with your employer’s insurance company.
  4. Your employer’s insurance company will then begin investigating your workers’ compensation claim to determine what type of payments you may be eligible to receive. A typical claims determination is made within 30 days of when your injury was first reported.
  5. If the insurance company determines you are not eligible for benefits or you receive a decision you do not agree with, you may be able to appeal the decision.

It’s important to remember that every workers’ compensation claim is unique, meaning your claims needs may stray from the process outlined above. To get a more comprehensive understanding of what the process may entail, it may be beneficial to read the information sheet provided by the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court.

Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Statistics

Each year the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) releases a report on the workers’ compensation program in nearly every state. This report gives detailed information about where benefits fall on a yearly basis and highlights the total number of recordable cases, employees that missed work, transferred jobs, or received restrictions, and claims that were reported in the services providing industry. Below is an inside look at what Nebraska’s workers’ compensation program looked like from 2010-2014.

As in most states, the Nebraska workers’ compensation program remained relatively stable over the previous five years that have been documented. The biggest discrepancy can be seen between 2013 and 2014 in the number of recordable cases. During this time the program saw a drop of 1,800 claims, a stark differs from previous years. While there are indicators as to why the drop occurred, new and future beneficiaries may find this dip beneficial. Fewer claims may lead to shorter wait times and faster approval.

Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Attorney

When faced with a Nebraska workers’ compensation claim, you may find it beneficial to seek legal representation. This is especially true when faced with a complicated case or if you are looking to appeal. Workers’ compensation attorneys in our network are experienced and can help you with collected necessary documentation, negotiating with your employers’ insurance company, and if necessary can represent your claim in the court of law. The best part is, most attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning they only get paid if you are awarded compensation. This can be beneficial for injured workers’ who need legal assistance but do not have the funds to pay for help up front.

If you’re interested in seeing if you may qualify for legal assistance from an attorney in your area, please fill out our free workers’ compensation evaluation below. 

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