Posted on: August 8, 2013
If you have been hurt on the job in South Carolina, the Workers’ Compensation system is designed to protect you. Workers’ Comp may cover your medical expenses resulting from the workplace injury, and may also include wage replacement, compensation for permanent injuries, and training if you need to change careers. These benefits may be made available to you, even if the accident was your fault.
Protection for employees and employers.
Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina is designed to provide a safety net for injured workers regardless of who is at fault. Employers agree to pay for the insurance costs and cover personal injury expenses for workers hurt on the job.
As a result, if you are covered under your employer’s South Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation plan, you are not typically able to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer . Instead, you generally would file a workers’ compensation claim against your employer’s insurance company.
You get help even if it’s your fault.
The flip side to having limited ability to file personal injury lawsuits against your employer is that South Carolina Workers’ Compensation will often cover you even if your workplace injury is the result of your own negligence.
Possibilities for personal injury lawsuits…
While employers are not typically sued when Workers’ Compensation claims are filed, companies responsible for manufacturing or selling faulty equipment can be held accountable for the harm caused by their dangerous products.
That means there could be recourse and a path to justice if you feel strongly that your life has been forever changed as the result of a preventable workplace injury in South Carolina.
Contact the experienced legal team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers . We provide a free case evaluation that will help you understand your rights and options under South Carolina Workers’ Compensation law.