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South Carolina Workers' Comp FAQ: Rights of Injured Workers

South Carolina Workers' Comp FAQ: Rights of Injured Workers

| Apr 19, 2013

If you have been injured on the job in South Carolina, the state's Workers' Compensation system is designed to see you through the medical care and make sure you receive a wage if you can't work because of the injury .

Most South Carolina workers depend on their employers to guide them through the Workers' Compensation process . And a lot of employers are knowledgeable, capable and eager to help their employees recover, so that works out. But it's not uncommon for workers to wonder if their employers are offering them all the options. And occasionally, employers seem to stand in the way of an injured worker's rights to South Carolina Workers' Compensation benefits. No matter what your situation, it pays to know your rights if you have been hurt on the job in South Carolina. Medical attention You must report your injury to your employer within 90 days of the incident that caused it. When you report it, your employer will send you to an "authorized treating physician." You will have to go to the doctor recommended by your employer in order to seek coverage under Workers' Compensation for medical bills. Your employer, through its insurer, could also be responsible for the following items related to your treatment:
  • All prescribed drugs related to your workplace injury
  • All medical procedures and tests
  • All ongoing therapy or treatment
  • Mileage for medical visit farther than 10 miles from your home
If you have to pay upfront for any of these things, make sure to get receipts and make copies of them for your records in case you don't get reimbursed. Temporary income If your injuries are severe enough to keep you from working for more than seven days, Workers' Compensation may begin reimbursing you at two-thirds of your average weekly pay, including overtime, bonuses and tips. You are entitled to checks once a week for up to 500 weeks. Permanent disability If you have suffered the permanent loss of use or partial loss of use of any part of your body, you could be entitled to a lump sum payment based on your income and the degree of impairment you have suffered. This award does not depend on whether you're able to continue working or not. You could receive permanent impairment compensation even if you went right back to work after the incident. If the injury will permanently keep you from working, the award could be even more significant. Knowing your rights If you were injured at work in South Carolina, contact the experienced South Carolina Workers' Compensation attorneys at George Sink Injury Lawyers. We have offices throughout the state and will be happy to answer questions in a free consultation on your case. Our helpful workers compensation team is standing by to help you understand your rights as an injured worker so you can make informed decisions about how you want to proceed.
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