If you suffered injuries at your job, a workers’ compensation lawyer serving Clemson, SC can help you get the workers’ compensation benefits you need. Most South Carolina workers will qualify for these benefits if they have suffered a job site injury or developed a work-related illness.
The team from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers will review your case for free and fight for the medical coverage and lost wages that you deserve. Let us go to work for you today – leave the rest to us while you focus on your recovery.
Call our team today at (888) 612-7001. A member of our team will discuss your case with you at no cost. We handle these cases on a contingency fee basis. This means that we do not get paid unless and until you do.
For a free legal consultation with a personal injury lawyer serving Clemson, call 888-612-7001
Qualifying for Workers’ Compensation in Clemson, SC
In South Carolina virtually all The coverage must be offered to all workers, including:
- Full-time workers
- Part-time workers
- Seasonal or temporary workers
- Occasional workers
Most workers have access to workers’ compensation coverage after a qualifying injury or illness. In theory, the process of accessing these benefits seems relatively simple. The process involves:
- Working for an employer who is covered or legally should be covered
- Suffering an injury or illness at work or because of your duties at work
- Seeing a doctor approved by your employer (except in an emergency scenario where immediate care can’t wait)
- Reporting the incident and injury or illness to your employer within 90 days
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim within two years
In practice, however, getting the benefits you need is not always this easy. Employers may claim that you are lying about your injuries or when they occurred. Sometimes it can even feel like the insurance company is denying your claim for no apparent reason. In these situations, it is extremely important to hire an attorney who knows the law and can help you fight for the coverage that you deserve.
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We Can Help You Get the Workers’ Compensation Benefits You Deserve
If the workers’ compensation insurance company has denied your claim, a workers’ compensation lawyer serving Clemson, SC can help you navigate the claims process. Our team can pursue the benefits you need. We will manage every step of the claims process. This means we will:
File the Proper Paperwork
We will collect the information and file your Form 50. This form provides the Workers’ Compensation Commission with official notice of your claim. It also provides the commission with important information about your accident and injuries. The form includes information such as:
- When and where your injuries occurred, or how your illness occurred
- What happened and how you suffered injuries or illness
- Whom you reported your injuries or illness to, as well as when and how you reported them
- Who, if anyone, was present to witness the incident which caused your injury
- The nature and severity of your injuries or illness
- The medical care you received and information about your ongoing care
Prepare for Your Hearing
If necessary, the Workers’ Compensation Commission will put your case on its docket and schedule you for a hearing upon request. Then a commissioner will be assigned to hear your case. Your attorney will work quickly to prepare for the hearing by building a strong case to prove that you should be approved for your benefits.
When the date of your hearing arrives, your attorney will go with you and will represent you before the commissioner. The commissioner will preside over your hearing and decide whether to overturn your denial.
Filing an Appeal
If the commissioner refuses to approve you for benefits, we can then file an appeal on your behalf. Your case will be heard by a panel of Workers’ Compensation Commissioners who will review the case with fresh eyes to hopefully provide you a different, more favorable result.
Benefits From Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ compensation provides the coverage injured employees need to get medical care. It can also help you pay your bills after a workplace injury, giving you the financial help you need to heal from your injuries and provide for your family until you can return to work. Two of the most important benefits granted in a workers’ compensation claim are the medical care coverage and the partial wage benefits (also called temporary total disability or “TTD”).
Medical Care Coverage
Workers’ compensation provides injured workers with medical coverage. If your claim is granted, workers’ compensation will pay the expenses related to your treatment and rehabilitation and should cover all of the medical bills you incurred as a result of your work-related injuries. The treatment that is approved and covered will vary based upon the nature and severity of your injuries; however, the treatment can include:
- Ambulance transportation
- Emergency department treatment
- Hospitalization and inpatient care
- Diagnostic testing, including clinical testing and medical imaging
- Outpatient care
- Follow-up care
- Rehabilitation and therapy
- Mobility and assistive devices
Partial Wage Benefits
Workers’ compensation provides payment of TTD to partially compensate you for your lost wages. The amount of TTD that you receive is calculated by a legal formula, but it usually ends up being about two-thirds of your gross weekly wages. The benefits will generally begin after you have missed seven days at work, and after you have missed fourteen days at work then you will also receive payment for the first seven days that you missed. Your TTD benefits are one of the most important benefits that you can receive in a workers’ compensation claim as they will allow you to continue paying bills and providing for yourself and your family while you are recovering. It is important to note, however, there is a weekly maximum mandated by the state on these funds and there is also a maximum time allowed to draw these benefits. It is very important to have a licensed workers’ compensation attorney who can advise you about these limits and make sure that you are receiving your benefits in a timely manner.
Pursuing Other Compensation in Your Case
In some circumstances, such as cases where your injuries occurred because of the negligence of a third party while you were on the job, we may also be able to pursue a personal injury case on your behalf. We generally cannot take legal action against your employer or fellow employees, but we can file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of a defective product or another party who played a role in your injuries. We will build a solid case and, at the conclusion of your workers’ compensation case, may be able to recover additional damages from that third party, including uncovered lost wages, as well as pain and suffering. Call us now at 888-612-7001 for a complimentary evaluation of your case.
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Talk to a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Serving Clemson, SC
If you suffered injuries at work or have developed a work-related illness, the team from George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers can help. We can assist you with your workers’ compensation claim and can help you get the benefits that you deserve. A member of our team is standing by to take your call. We offer free case reviews, so call us now at (888) 612-7001 to get started.