If you require medical care after an on-the-job injury or work-related illness, the team from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help you get the benefits that you deserve. We can check your eligibility for workers’ compensation and fight for the medical payments and lost income benefits that you need. Let us go to work for you. You can focus on getting better and leave the rest to us.
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Qualifying for Workers’ Compensation in Greenwood, SC
Under South Carolina law, with some rare exceptions, employers with four or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage.
Employees who work for companies with workers’ compensation coverage are eligible for benefits starting on their first day of work. Furthermore, all manner of workers including both full and part-time employees are covered. If you worked for an employer who either carries or is legally required to carry workers’ compensation coverage and you suffered an injury at work or have a work-related illness, you should qualify for benefits.
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Benefits Available From Workers’ Compensation in Greenwood, SC
Workers’ compensation insurance should pay out to cover a variety of costs after you suffer a Greenwood, SC job site injury or work-related illness. For workers who survive their injuries, these benefits include medical benefits, benefits for lost time from work, and benefits for any permanent injuries.
Once your claim is approved, workers’ compensation should cover the bills for all necessary and authorized treatment and care related to your workplace injury or illness. This includes:
- Emergency department stabilization and care
- Clinical testing and medical imaging
- Hospitalization and inpatient care
- Surgery and other treatment
- Outpatient care and follow-up
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Prescription medication
- Mobility and assistive devices
If your injuries prevent you from working your normal job and a full schedule, workers’ compensation will pay to cover a portion of your lost wages. If you cannot work at all because of your injuries, treatment, or recovery, you will be eligible to collect a benefit called temporary total disability, or “TTD.” The amount of TTD you receive is calculated using a legal formula, but it usually ends up being approximately two-thirds of your normal gross pay up to a weekly maximum.
You will usually be able to collect TTD on a weekly basis until you are able to return to your previous job or until you reach maximum medical improvement. Under certain circumstances you may also qualify for other disability programs during or at the conclusion of your workers’ compensation case. It is important to discuss with your attorney any other disability benefits you may have available to you, and for which you may wish to apply.
At the end of your medical treatment, your doctors will release you from care. If you are still suffering from any type of permanent injury, the doctor will assess your overall condition and may choose to assign you with an impairment rating to whatever injured body part is permanently affected by your injury or illness. This impairment rating comes in the form of a percentage and it is often used in a legal calculation, along with any physical limitations or restrictions you may have, to determine the amount of permanent disability you may be entitled to in the form of a lump sum settlement.
A licensed workers’ compensation attorney from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can work with you and your doctors to maximize the amount of any permanent disability settlement. If we disagree with your original doctor’s opinion, we may be able to assist you with getting a second opinion from another doctor.
Recovering Other Compensation for Your Related Losses
In some cases where your injuries were caused by a third-party, we may be able to pursue additional compensation for you by filing a civil suit or reaching an out-of-court settlement. We generally cannot hold your employer or fellow employees liable for your injuries, but if we can identify another liable party then we can pursue a claim against that party after your workers’ compensation claim has ended.
For example, imagine you were a pizza delivery driver and were out making deliveries when you were hit by another driver who ran a red light. Your attorney from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers serving Greenwood, SC may be able to pursue the other driver, that driver’s employer, and their automobile insurance carrier in order to get you further payment for your lost wages, pain, suffering, and more. Call us now at (888) 612-7001 to get started.
We Can Help You Get the Workers’ Compensation You Need
If your employer denies your injury occurred at work or if the workers’ compensation insurance provider contests your claim, a workers’ compensation lawyer can help you fight for your benefits. Our first steps are to file a claim on your behalf. While this claim may take time to process, in a denied case it is the only way to get the medical payments, lost income benefits, and other benefits you need and deserve.
Our team can prepare and file a Form 50 in your case. A Form 50 provides the Workers’ Compensation Commission with official notice of your claim and the basic facts of your case, including:
- When and where your injuries occurred
- The details of what happened
- To whom you reported your injuries and when
- The nature and severity of your injuries
- The medical care you received
- Necessary or probable future medical care
- Any impairments, scarring, or other lasting injuries
Once it receives your Form 50, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier will evaluate the situation and will decide if it is going to accept or deny your claim. If it denies you, we can request that the Workers’ Compensation Commission schedule a hearing in your case. Your case will then be assigned to a specific commissioner who will conduct a hearing to determine whether your claim should be accepted or denied. We will stand by you at your hearing to present favorable evidence and information to the commissioner and fight for your benefits.
If the commissioner upholds a denial of your claim, however, we can appeal the decision. Your case will then be heard again by a panel of new Workers’ Compensation Commissioners, who review your claim and make a final decision.
Call our team serving Greenwood, SC now at (888) 612-7001 to get started with your free case review.
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Act Fast, There Are Time Limits in Your Case
Every step of the workers’ compensation claims and appeals process has a deadline in place under South Carolina law Title 42. In addition, you cannot get the lost income benefits and medical benefits you need until we can convince the Workers’ Compensation Commission you suffered a workplace injury. For these reasons, it is imperative you contact us as soon as possible if the insurance company denies your initial claim.
You Have 90 Days to Report Your Injuries
You only have 90 days from the date of your accident or illness to report it to your supervisor, employer, or the designated member of the human resources team. Even if your supervisor witnessed the accident, we recommend notifying your employer in writing.
You Generally Have Two Years to File a Claim
You generally have two years from the date of an injury to file a claim with workers’ compensation. Since you need your benefits right away to cover the medical costs and lost income, this is usually plenty of time. If you delayed medical care for some reason, however, it is important to look at the calendar and make sure you are still within the time frame for filing your claim. Contact us immediately if you have delayed filing your claim for any reason.
You Have the Right to Appeal
We can help you appeal the decision of the workers’ compensation insurer. Since we have a limited amount of time to fight a denial, call us as soon as possible to get started.
Talk to a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Greenwood, SC
If you suffered injuries in a Greenwood, SC workplace accident, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help. We can help you avoid some of the most common workers’ compensation mistakes. Let our team file your workers’ compensation claim and fight for the benefits you deserve.
Call us now at (888) 612-7001 for your free consultation with a member of our team.