Workplace injuries can arise in any number of situations. Through the years, we have represented those who have sustained serious construction site injuries to others whose injuries developed from repetitive stress over time, whether due to physical repetitive stress conditions or more on-the-job, environmental conditions.
These latter sort of cases are unique because there is not a clear date of injury. However, working over time with stress to particular parts of a worker’s body can cause carpal tunnel syndrome, back injuries, neck injuries, shoulder injuries, hip injuries, and other conditions.
Many such conditions, caused by repetitive stress from the workplace, may be covered by the South Carolina Workers Compensation Act. You may have a number of questions, but chances are you may not be getting the answers you need from your employer or the “workers comp people” (who are really just an insurance company).
We are here to help you, and to answer your questions. To start getting straight answers now, just call The Jeffcoat Firm, or simply enter your information on the side of this page. You can speak directly with one of our SC workplace injury law firm on the very same day you reach out to us – and you can start getting your answers now.
It’s that simple. Contact our South Carolina workers compensation lawyer serving Columbus, Lexington, the greater Richland County area and beyond.
What To Do If You’re Hurt At Work
When you are hurt at work, there are some things you need to know right away. First and foremost, your injury needs to be reported to your supervisor immediately, if that has not already taken place. If your employer has procedures to follow for reporting an injury, then you should follow those procedures.
Second, you need to know where to go for medical treatment. Your employer and the workers compensation insurance company are required to provide you with your medical care. If you must travel more than five miles from your residence to get medical care, then you should be paid mileage.
And third, you need to know what to do about receiving an income if you are unable to work. If your doctor has instructed you not to work, then you may be entitled to 2/3 of your average weekly wage. Your wage amount is determined by examining the four quarters of employment before your injury.
It is not unusual for injured workers to be paid less than they are entitled to. It is important to remember that fault is usually not an issue. Regardless of who caused your injury, you may still be entitled to workers compensation benefits in South Carolina.
South Carolina Workers Compensation Act
The South Carolina Workers Compensation Act governs your rights after you have been injured while working, but these laws are complicated, and a lot is on the line. Understand this: your employer and the workers compensation insurance company will have paid adjusters, case managers and lawyers ready to do everything possible to minimize your compensation for your losses.
We have different goals. Our South Carolina workers compensation benefits attorneys are on your side, and we will do everything possible to protect your interests. Rest assured, we don’t let people run over our injured clients. The bottom line is that if you are an employee in Lexington, Richland or anywhere in South Carolina who is hurt while working, you are ordinarily entitled to receive 2/3 of your average weekly wage while you are out of work, free medical care, and compensation for any permanent disabilities or partial disabilities.
The laws are designed to help injured workers, but the laws are not always followed by the employers and by the insurance company. That is why there are workers compensation attorneys – to help make sure that the law is followed and that no one takes advantage of you.
You might have already learned that the pain from your physical injury is just one of your many problems. Even employees with great work histories are often surprised at the way a work injury can affect their relationship with the employer. You see, some employers view employees as valuable before a workplace accident – but not so valuable after they have been injured. These employers may not allow employees to work in light duty jobs or even take time off from work to recover.
Even when an employee has the best employer in the world, the employee can experience frustration in dealing with the “workers comp people” – that is, the insurance company. Trying to get workers compensation insurance companies to provide the medical care and income benefits required by law can be time consuming and difficult, to say the least. Very often, employees experience difficulty getting in touch with the insurance company representative and more difficulty getting their workers compensation benefits.
Once they make contact, the employee is usually unable to get any help.
Our Experienced Workers Comp Attorneys in Columbia Can Help
Your choice of a South Carolina workplace injury attorney is very important after an accident on the job. If you or a loved one has been injured, or if you are a survivor of someone who has been killed after a work injury in Columbia, Richland, Lexington County, or anywhere in the state of SC, contact us online, to speak directly with our workers compensation attorneys. Call our attorneys at (803) 373-1668 today! There is no charge for this consultation.
“YOUR FUTURE DEPENDS ON WHAT YOU DO TODAY!” Don’t let them mistreat you or your loved ones. We are here to help you and answer your questions.