Carson City, NV - December 31, 2013
Department of Business and Industry Director Bruce Breslow announced that the
Nevada Attorney for Injured Workers has been named the Department’s 2013 Agency
of the Year. The award was presented to
Administrator Evan Beavers and agency staff in recognition of the agency’s
accomplishments that have positively impacted thousands of Nevada workers.
“Administrator Evan Beavers and his
small team of staff attorneys, legal research assistants and legal secretaries
have accomplished some great results for injured and disabled workers that come
to them as a last resort.” said Bruce Breslow, Director of the
Department of Business and Industry.
by the Nevada Legislature in 1977, the Attorney for Injured Workers is mandated
to provide free legal services to injured workers seeking appeal of denied
workers’ compensation benefits by assuring a fair administrative hearing.
agency has offices located in Las Vegas and Carson City and employs 14 staff
attorneys, four legal research assistants and ten legal secretaries. In 2013, the agency managed approximately
1,300 cases on appeal.
the leadership of the Administrator Evan Beavers, the agency has successfully
resolved, either by litigation or settlement approximately 57% of the claims, a
considerable accomplishment at the appeals level. The agency receives and manages cases only
after a worker’s claim has been considered but left unresolved by the employer,
the insurer, the claims adjuster and the hearing officer who initially
considered the claim.
“The real success of our work is
best demonstrated by the outcomes we achieve for our clients” said
Administrator Evan Beavers. Beavers cites a case assisting the family
of a Las Vegas firefighter who contracted occupational lung disease. “Although the firefighter ultimately died as
a result of the disease, NAIW was able to successfully litigate the case after
the initial denial of the workers’ compensation claim and obtain a monthly
benefit payment for his widow.”
agency staff are also committed to educating workers and the public about
negotiating the workers’ compensation system and rights of the injured worker. In 2013, staff received and answered nearly
4,000 telephone calls from individuals seeking information.
view the proclamation and award, please visit www.business.nv.gov. To learn more about the Nevada Attorney for
Injured Workers, please visit www.naiw.nv.gov.
the Department of Business and Industry
The Department of Business and
Industry is a cabinet level agency in Nevada State government. Our objective is
to encourage and promote the development and growth of business and to ensure
the legal operation of business in order to protect consumers by maintaining a
fair and competitive regulatory environment. The Director’s office manages a
number of programs and initiatives to address the needs of small businesses,
homeowners and consumers including small business advocacy, bond programs,
access to capital, housing retention programs, constituent services and fraud
prevention and education.
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