If you require medical care after an on-the-job injury or work-related illness, George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can seek the benefits you deserve. A workers’ compensation lawyer serving Greenwood can recover the cost of your medical bills and a portion of your lost income. We can also determine whether you can file an injury claim or lawsuit.
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Why Partner with Our Workers’ Compensation Team?
Many injured workers receive workers’ compensation benefits after getting hurt on the job. However, this is not the case for everyone. We can render legal aid if you experience any of the following:
- You’re not sure how to navigate the claims process.
- Your employer denies your claim.
- Your employer threatens to fire you over filing a claim – which is illegal.
- The liable insurer denies your claim or refuses to offer the benefits you need.
- Your employer questions the circumstances of your injury. They may argue that your injury didn’t happen on the job, or you were intoxicated before the incident.
Our lawyers can address these (and other) complications that impede your right to compensation.
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Many South Carolinians Qualify for Workers’ Compensation Benefits
The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission notes that, with some exceptions, employers with four or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation coverage.
Qualifying employees are eligible for benefits from the moment they start a job. Furthermore, workers’ compensation coverage applies to both full-time and part-time employees.
If you’re not sure whether you qualify for benefits, you can conduct a search through the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. To conduct a full search, you’ll need your employer’s name, your Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN), and your employer’s address.
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Our Lawyers Can Seek the Benefits You Need in Greenwood County, SC
Workers’ compensation insurance should cover a variety of costs after you suffer an on-the-job impairment. When you partner with our team, we will seek these losses:
Your Necessary Medical Care
Workers’ compensation should cover your injury-related medical treatment and healthcare costs, including:
- Emergency department stabilization and care
- Clinical testing and medical imaging scans
- Hospitalization and inpatient care
- Outpatient care and follow-up appointments
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Prescription medications
- Mobility and assistive devices
Two-Thirds of Your Lost Income
If your injuries prevent you from working, workers’ compensation will cover a portion of your lost wages. If you cannot work at all because of your injuries, you can collect a benefit called temporary total disability (TTD). TTD is calculated based on your missed time from work and average earnings.
You can usually collect TTD on a weekly basis until you return to your previous job or 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.
Benefits for Permanent Impairments
At the end of your medical treatment, your doctors will release you from care. Yet, if you continue to struggle with a long-term impairment, the doctor may assign you an impairment rating.
This impairment rating comes as a percentage. Using this percentage in a mathematical formula, you may receive additional compensation through a lump sum payment.
A licensed workers’ compensation attorney from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can seek the full cost of your benefits under the law. Our team serving Greenwood will work with your doctors to understand your condition and fight for what you need.
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We’re Ready to File Your Claim and Seek Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Our team is prepared to handle your claim from beginning to end. Here’s a rough outline of what you can expect:
We will File Your Claim
Our team can prepare and file a Form 50. This document notifies the Workers’ Compensation Commission of your claim and provides 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 other party will make a decision regarding your claim.
We Can Appeal Any Denials
Hopefully, once the liable insurer receives your claim, it’ll render the benefits you need. If not, however, we can request a hearing from the Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Your case will then be assigned to a specific commissioner. We will argue your case, and they will determine whether your claim should be approved.
If the commissioner denies your claim again, 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.
We know that appealing a denial can get complicated. Our lawyers will take care of everything.
Have Questions About Workers’ Compensation? We’ve Got Answers
We don’t want you to feel confused or “out of the loop” when you partner with us. We want you to fully understand everything about the claims process.
We’ve included these questions we commonly get from workers’ compensation claimants:
Can I See My Own Doctor?
It depends. You must see a doctor in your employer’s network. If you see a doctor outside of these parameters, workers’ compensation might not cover these visits.
However, if you suffered an emergency and required immediate medical care, your employer may pay for those expenses.
What If My Employer Accuses Me of Causing My Injury?
Workers’ compensation operates on a no-fault system. To qualify for benefits, you must have suffered an on-the-job impairment while performing your regular duties. The insurer should consider your case without regard to fault—unless you acted egregiously.
Do I have Options Outside of Workers’ Compensation?
Our lawyers will review your case and determine whether another party’s negligence harmed you. If so, you may qualify to file a third-party injury claim or lawsuit.
For example, imagine you were a pizza delivery driver making deliveries. While completing an order, you were hit by a drunk driver. Not only could you seek workers’ compensation benefits (because you were hurt on the job), you could pursue damages from the negligent driver.
In this case, compensation may cover the full range of your injury-related losses, including your medical bills, the full cost of your lost income, and pain and suffering.
Begin Your Free Case Review with Our Firm Serving Greenwood, SC
We’ve resolved over 40,000 cases in 40 years. George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is ready to review your options and pursue the compensation you need. To explore partnering with our lawyers, dial (864) 334-7200.
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