If you suffered a workplace injury, you can seek financial recovery through a workers’
compensation claim. Unlike personal injury claims, you do not have to prove another party was negligent to receive benefits.
If you were on duty at the time of the accident and your employer carries insurance, you can file a claim. Benefits may cover your medical expenses as well as a portion of your income. A South Carolina workers’ compensation commission lawyer from our firm can help.
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Who Oversees Workers’ Compensation Claims in South Carolina?
The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission (SCWCC) handles these types of claims. The commission is made up of seven members chosen by the state governor and approved by the state Senate. Each commissioner serves a six-year term. One commissioner, chosen by the governor, also serves as chairman for two years.
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What Do Workers’ Compensation Benefits Include?
Workers’ compensation benefits generally cover the medical expenses for your accident-related injuries.
Coverage may extend to:
- Hospital bills
- Rehabilitative therapy
- Medical devices and home modifications
- Doctors’ appointments
Additionally, if you were out of work for more than seven days, it pays two-thirds of your salary, up to a maximum. The SCWCC updates its maximum weekly compensation rate yearly. You can view the current rate on its website.
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Our South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Help
If you were hurt on the job, a lawyer from our firm can handle your workers’ compensation claim from start to finish. Look at how we can help:
We Can File Your Claim
Our law firm will get the ball rolling while you focus on your health. We can ensure that the evidence we submit is accurate and up to date so you have the best chance of receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
When we take on your claim, we can handle all of the necessary paperwork so you don’t have to worry about missing a beat. Even a simple clerical error can cause a denial of your claim. We are familiar with claims forms, so we can help prevent an obvious mistake from slipping through the cracks.
We Can Help If You Disagree with Your Employer or Their Insurer
Sometimes, employers will deny you suffered injuries in a workplace accident. Their insurer may also deny your claim or pay you less than you deserve. If this happens, our firm can request a hearing before the SCWCC and attempt to resolve any disputes over your claim.
We Can Guide You Through the Appeals Process
If you receive a denial of workers’ compensation benefits, we can guide you through the various stages of appealing this decision. This may include a hearing, a commission review, and even a case before the South Carolina Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court.
We can review your initial claim and submit additional evidence to bolster it. We will also prepare you for any hearings you may have to attend.
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How You Can Support Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Along with considering legal representation, there are a few ways you can support your claim to benefits.
Notify Your Employer Immediately
If you have not already notified your employer about your injuries, do so immediately. Even if you believe it to be minor, you should let them know as soon as possible. Not all injuries are obvious, and symptoms may take time to appear. If you delay telling your employer, their insurer may question your injuries and deny your claim.
The soonest you can receive workers’ compensation benefits is after your seventh day of missed work. If you wait to report your injury and file a claim, their insurer may question the date of your injury. This could complicate your claim.
See the Authorized Physician
After making a workers’ compensation claim, the SCWCC will send you to an authorized physician to assess your injuries and assign an impairment rating. This rating will determine how much compensation you receive and whether you can return to work on light duty, for example.
If you want to seek a second opinion, you can speak with your employer’s insurer. They may allow you to see a doctor of your choice. If they refuse, you can request a hearing before a commissioner. We can file your request and prepare you for this hearing.
Follow Your Treatment Plan
Now more than ever, it’s important to follow your doctor’s orders. If you do not show up for appointments and undergo the prescribed treatment plan, you risk losing your benefits. An insurer has the right to revoke them whenever you fail to follow through with your medical treatment.
Your doctor must monitor your recovery and determine when, if ever, you reach your maximum medical recovery. At some point during treatment, they may allow you to return to work on light duty.
If you make less than your pre-injury income on light-duty work, you can still qualify for the difference between your new income and two-thirds of your pre-injury income. You must comply with their orders to return to work to continue receiving benefits, though.
We Make Hiring a Lawyer Affordable
We are committed to doing everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve, and we do not want to cause any further stress during the process. This is why our legal team works on a contingency-fee basis. We only take our fee after we secure your potential benefits.*
This means you can hire a lawyer from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers with no reservations or worries. Hiring us will give you peace of mind.
Fighting for Injured Workers in South Carolina
George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers has fought for injury clients in South Carolina for more than 40 years.1 We are passionate about making sure that the men and women we represent get the benefits they deserve as quickly as possible. We take care of your entire claim so you can focus on your recovery.
Find out how we can help with a free consultation. We have offices located all over the state of South Carolina, including Columbia, Anderson, Spartanburg, North Charleston, Greenville, Moncks Corner, Orangeburg, and Walterboro. We also offer free home or hospital visits. We will travel to meet you anywhere in the state. Call today at (888) 612-7001 to learn more. We are ready to protect your rights.
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