This is a widely held concern on the minds of workers who are injured and having problems but are reluctant to seek the advice of an attorney because they don’t want to “sue” their employer. As an initial matter it is important to understand that a workers’ compensation claim is not a lawsuit. Rather, it is a claim on insurance that your employer is required to have (assuming they regularly employ four or more people) and you are supposed to use when you get hurt on the job. Remember – workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system, meaning that you are never in a position of having to accuse your employer of doing something wrong.
Further, when a lawyer gets involved, it does not transform a workers’ compensation claim into a lawsuit. Instead, a lawyer representing you in a workers’ compensation claim is there to ensure that you are getting the treatment to which you are entitled, any weekly income replacement benefits (“temporary total” or “temporary partial” benefits) to which you are entitled, to secure an award that accurately reflects the magnitude of your injury/injuries, and to make sure your interests are protected in the future (particularly in terms of any possible future medical needs). In short, the lawyer representing you in a workers’ compensation claim is not there to harm your employer, but rather to make sure you are protected and informed to obtain the best results possible for you–and your family.
If you have been injured on the job and are nervous about what lies ahead, you can always call or meet with us here at Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C. There is no charge for an initial meeting to discuss your rights and concerns. Information is power, and often times people feel better about this complicated process after they have a clearer understanding of what they are facing and know they have someone knowledgeable in their corner looking out for their interests.
Jeremy Dantin, Partner
Jeremy Dantin’s practice focuses primarily on workers’ compensation matters. Jeremy has handled workers’ compensation cases all the way to the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of South Carolina, and he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Injured Workers Advocates, a nonprofit association of attorneys who are dedicated to protecting and advancing the rights and legal remedies for South Carolina workers who are victims of occupational injury or disease.