Posted on: August 17, 2013
If you were injured on the job in South Carolina, the Workers’ Compensation system is designed to make sure you get the medical help and attention you need and that you will not be financially ruined by your workplace injury. It’s common for employees to feel intimidated or uncertain about how their employers will react to news of a workplace injury, but it’s essential to report an accident, repetitive injury or work-related illness right away.
Tell your supervisor If you were hurt at work, the first stop in the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation system is your immediate supervisor. This is probably the person closest to you and easiest to reach right away, so it’s a sensible first point of contact.
If possible, don’t get treatment before reporting your injuries or illness.
See a doctor
Your supervisor should be able to tell you or find out quickly and let you know what doctor you need to see or hospital you need to go to. Most South Carolina Workers’ Comp insurers only contract with certain physicians and hospitals and you will have to go to the designated provider in order for Workers’ Comp to cover your treatment. Take care of yourself Do what the doctor recommends. If you are supposed to stay home from work and rest, do it. You don’t want to risk further complications that could cause permanent damage as the result of your workplace injury. After you miss seven days of work, injured South Carolina employees can receive two thirds of their average weekly pay including any overtime, tips or bonus pay. File necessary paperwork As long as the system is working, you shouldn’t have to go looking for paperwork. Your employer and its assigned physicians should make sure you get the forms you need and will submit them for you, unless there is a dispute or issue. You can find all South Carolina Workers’ Comp-related forms for download here: http://www.wcc.sc.gov/welcomeandoverview/forms/Pages/default.aspx Contact an attorney If your employer tries to deny you were hurt at work or the insurer isn’t paying as expected either for medical bills or temporary disability, you will need help defending your rights. If you believe your injuries might result in permanent impairment or disability, you should also contact an experienced South Carolina Workers’ Compensation attorney to make sure you get what you need and deserve. The knowledgeable and experienced South Carolina attorneys at George Sink Injury Lawyers have defended thousands of employees and protected their rights in Workers’ Comp cases.