Frequently Asked Questions For Our South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

If you are an injured worker who is seeking benefits through the South Carolina workers’ compensation system, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. It would help you to learn more about how the system works.

Below, we have provided some helpful answers to the most frequently asked questions that our firm’s workers’ compensation lawyers receive.

If you would like to discuss the specific facts and issues in your case, please call Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., today or use our online form to schedule a free consultation. Our firm features several attorneys with years of of experience with seeking benefits for injured workers in Spartanburg, Greenville and throughout the Upstate. We would be glad to learn more about your case and discuss how we can assist you.

Workers’ Compensation FAQs

Do all employers in South Carolina need to have workers’ compensation coverage for their employees?

Most – but not all – employers in South Carolina are required to have workers’ compensation insurance coverage for their employees. Continue reading

If I can only return to work in a different job that pays less than what I earned before my injury, what are my options?

If you cannot do the job you did before your accident and must take lower-paying work, workers’ compensation benefits can make up the difference in your pay. Continue reading

Can I go to my own doctor, or do I have to go to the doctor my employer chooses?

To remain eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in South Carolina, you have to see the doctor chosen by your employer or its workers’ compensation insurer. But this does not mean you cannot see your own doctor or eventually find a different doctor to serve as your primary care provider. Continue reading

Can I sue my employer if I was injured in an accident that was caused by the employer’s negligence or the negligence of a co-worker?

No, as a general rule, you cannot sue your employer for a job-related injury in South Carolina. But if others are responsible for your injury, you may be able to seek compensation from them. Continue reading

If I have been permanently injured in work accident, can I recover both South Carolina workers’ compensation benefits and Social Security Disability?

Yes, you can obtain federal Social Security Disability (SSD) benefits and state workers’ compensation benefits. However, your SSD payments can be reduced based on the amount you receive in workers’ compensation. Continue reading

If my spouse died in a work accident, will my spouse’s workers’ compensation insurance provide a benefit for me and our children?

Yes, the South Carolina workers’ compensation system provides a death benefit to the surviving spouse and dependent children of workers who die from work-related accidents or occupational illnesses. Continue reading

If I was hurt in a collision caused by another driver while I was working, can I sue the driver of the car that hit me?

Yes, if you are injured in a car accident while on the job, you can file a legal claim against a negligent driver responsible for the wreck. You can seek compensation through this “third-party claim” in addition to workers’ compensation claim. Continue reading