True or False: The longer a Nevada workers' comp claimant is out of work, the greater the settlement award?

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Apparently, the doctors who wrote the American Medical Association's Guides to the Evaluation of Disease and Injury Causation don't know the answer to this week's question either. Dr. J. Mark Melhorn and Dr. William Ackerman, editors of the 2008 book designed to help workers' comp doctors answer medical causation questions, write that disability in the workplace is rampant in the United States. These docs state in their Foreword that injured workers with poor genetic makeups and preexisting psychological problems share the blame for the work disability epidemic with plaintiffs' lawyers. They write, "The attorneys need to understand that by encouraging the worker to remain off work rather than getting back into the work place, they are actually doing damage to their client."

I wholeheartedly agree that any Nevada attorney who encourages their client to remain off work unnecessarily is doing a great disservice to their client. But are there any work comp attorneys in Nevada advising their clients to stay home longer than necessary?

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