Workplace accidents can happen anytime to anyone.
Fortunately, there are laws that cover injured workers.
South Carolina has laws designed to provide injured workers with medical benefits and money while they heal from their injuries or illness. In most instances, injured workers are also entitled to a final money award, and frequently they are entitled to ongoing medical benefits in the future.
However, it’s not always easy to get all of these benefits. Sometimes an employer and the insurance carrier fight an employee’s claim. For example, the employer may claim that the worker’s injury did not happen on the job, or that it resulted from a pre-existing condition, or that the employee’s failure to immediately tell the employer about the injury means that the worker is not entitled to coverage.
What is workers’ compensation?
South Carolina’s workers compensation laws are designed such that an employee who suffered a job-related injury should go through the workers compensation system for medical treatment, income replacement, and a final money award. In fact, South Carolina law prohibits an employee from suing their employer for a work-related injury – workers compensation in considered an employee’s “exclusive remedy” for such injuries.
What types of injuries are covered by South Carolina’s workers’ compensation?
South Carolina’s workers’ compensation covers many workplace injuries and diseases. Common compensable injuries include:
- Fall injuries
- Back, shoulder, and neck injuries
- Head injuries
- Leg injuries
- Knee injuries
- Foot injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Injuries sustained in vehicular crashes
- Burn injuries
- Broken bones
- Toxic exposure
- Lung injuries
There may be other injuries or conditions that could be covered under workers compensation as well. At Harrison White, P.C., we are prepared to walk you through this process to determine what your best course of action should be on a case-by-case basis.
Our South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers work on a contingency fee basis.
We seek to provide each client with personal and effective advice and counsel. We also want to make things as easy as possible on our clients so they can focus on healing. That’s why our attorneys handle workers’ compensation cases on a contingency fee system; a client pays us no attorneys’ fees unless we succeed in obtaining benefits for the client.