North Augusta Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

If you have been severely hurt in an accident at your workplace, you may be eligible for compensation. It can be scary to think about the medical bills you have in addition to any potential lost wages. Our North Augusta workers’ compensation attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries and damages

After you have read about your case, please call our office today to discuss your workers’ compensation case during a free initial consultation. Our attorneys are here to help you learn about your case and keep you on the right path to full compensation.

Reasons You Would Need Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation exists so that your employer can be able to prove you with compensation for your medical expenses, rehabilitation fees, and lost wages, if you have suffered an injury while at work. You get to have these benefits in the hopes that you can recover enough to return to work after receiving treatment.

You can receive workers’ compensation for a number of things. In most cases, workers’ compensation will be given to someone who has been injured in a construction or industrial accident, but it can also be for someone hurt in an auto accident if they drive for a living. Workers’ compensation can also apply for a retail worker who was injured in a stock room, for example. Essentially, if you have been injured at your place of work and it was due to the negligence of someone else, you may bring a workers’ compensation claim to receive compensation for your injuries and damages.

What You Should Do Immediately After Your Accident

If you want to make sure that you have the best chance of success in your case, you absolutely need to inform your employer of the accident. The very first step that you should take needs to be to report your injury to someone higher up than yourself. That could be either your employer or supervisor. You have to make sure that this happens immediately, as you do not have an unlimited amount of time to report your injury.

You may be required to file paperwork related to your workers’ compensation claim through your employer. You need to keep any copy of the reports and paperwork that you fill out for your own records.

Depending on how much you make, you will be able to receive a portion of that in workers’ compensation for a limited amount of time. There will be a maximum number determined based on your wages and it will vary from case to case as to how long you can receive this weekly wage from workers’ compensation.

Do make sure that you are contacting a lawyer right away so that you don’t miss steps or deadlines. You do not want to miss out on the chance to collect workers’ compensation because of a few details. The sooner you get to a lawyer about your case, the better off you will be.

How Workers’ Compensation Will Help You

You can receive compensation for many types of treatments. Workplace injuries can often go hand in hand with expensive and frequent doctor visits. You may be looking at paying for emergency room bills, copays at your primary doctor, bills for physical therapy, costs of medication, and sometimes travel to get to these appointments.

You may even need compensation to help you find a new line of work. If you are badly injured, you may not have a full recovery, which means you may not be able to go back to a job that requires a lot of physical labor. Workers’ compensation is legally obligated to help you with vocational rehab. If you have questions about this, you can always feel free to reach out to a North Augusta workers’ compensation lawyer.

Frequently Asked Workers' Compensation Questions

How do I choose the right attorney for my workers' compensation claimHow do I choose the right attorney for my workers' compensation claim?

I had a client call me who had been injured at the Savannah River Site and was interviewing attorneys. He asked me my opinion on how to choose the best attorney for the workers’ compensation case in South Carolina. I’ll share with you what I shared with that client.

I think it boils down to two different issues – one is experience, and the other is success. In regard to experience, meet with that lawyer. Ask that lawyer about his experience. Ask that lawyer about his experience with your particular employer. Ask the lawyer what kind of success he has had with your type of injury and what types of game plan and timelines he has for your case.

In regard to success, get on the internet and look at client reviews. Look at Google reviews, Avvo reviews, Facebook reviews and see what prior clients say about that lawyer’s success. There are also lawyer-to-lawyer reviews to consider. Look and see what other lawyer say about the proposed lawyer that you’re considering hiring. Look at Super Lawyer reviews, Martindale-Hubbell reviews, 100 High Stakes Litigators and see if that lawyer is thought of highly by his colleagues.

If you have any questions in regard to your workers’ compensation case, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

Is workers' compensation my only option following an on-the-job injury?

I had a client call me recently who had been injured by the actions of a subcontractor at their workplace. My client asked me if they were able to make a claim against this subcontractor for their negligence, or if they were only limited to workers’ compensation from their employer. If you’re reading this, you may have similar questions. I’ll explain to you what I explained to my client.

You cannot sue your direct employer for your injuries and damages in circuit court in South Carolina. You’re limited to workers’ compensation against your employer. If there is another company responsible for your injuries, however, then you’re able to sue that company for unlimited damages in circuit court. You’re allowed to sue them for pain and suffering, mental anguish.

If you have any questions about your South Carolina workers’ compensation case, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

Can I sue my employer for a workplace injuryCan I sue my employer for a workplace injury?

I had a client recently who had been badly injured in a plant explosion call me about suing his employer for unsafe work practices. If you’re reading this, you may have a similar question. I’ll tell you what I shared with my client.

Under South Carolina law, you cannot sue your employer directly for unlimited damages in the circuit court in South Carolina. Your employer has workers’ compensation immunity from lawsuits. As a result, you cannot sue your direct employer for your injuries. You’re limited to workers’ compensation benefits from your direct employer.

If you have any questions about your South Carolina workers’ compensation case, we’d be happy to talk with you. Give us a call.

What is important to know about workers' compensation in North Augusta?

I had a client call me who had been injured working at the Kimberly-Clark Plant in Beech Island, South Carolina. She asked me what’s important to know about benefits under the workers’ compensation system in South Carolina. If you’re reading this, you may have similar questions. I’ll tell you what I shared with the client. In the state of South Carolina, you’re entitled to three benefits if you’re injured at work: lost wages, medical benefits, and a permanent impairment rating at the end of your case.

In regard to your wages, you’re entitled to two-thirds of your average weekly wage for however long a doctor says, “no work” or “light duty work” and the employer cannot accommodate your limitations. You’re entitled to medical benefits with the doctor that the employer chooses to treat you for your work injuries. When the doctor releases you and states that you’re at maximum medical improvement, if you still have permanent limitations, the doctor will give you a permanent impairment rating. At that point, you’re entitled to compensation as a result of that permanent impairment rating assigned by the doctor, and that can be also enhanced or increased by a commissioner at a hearing.

If you have any questions about your South Carolina workers’ compensation case, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

Should I talk to the insurance company about my workers' compensation claim?

I had a client call me recently, and she asked me the question, “Should I talk to the insurance adjuster about my case?” If you’re reading this, you may have a similar question. I’ll tell you what I told the client.

Always speak with your employer about your workman’s compensation case. Answer any questions, return any calls, and provide any documentation your employer requests. You have a duty to provide that information to your employer. When it comes to dealing with insurance adjusters, however, you have no duty or obligation to speak with them. Insurance adjusters try to get statements and information from you that will help their case and hurt your case. Talking with them will devalue your case and potentially cause your case to be denied.

If you have any questions about your South Carolina workers’ compensation case, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

How long does it take to resolve a workers' compensation claimHow long does it take to resolve a workers' compensation claim?

I had a lady call me who had been injured at work in North Augusta, and she asked me the question, “How long does it take for a workers’ compensation case to resolve in the state of South Carolina?” In South Carolina, you have two years to file a notice of claim for statute of limitation purposes. There are two other issues, however, that can affect how long a case takes.

The first is, is the case accepted by the employer and insurance company as compensable? If it’s accepted, then the issue of how long the case lasts would be how long it takes for the doctor to release you and say he’s done all he can for you. If the case is denied, the issue is how long it will take to get to court and present your case to a judge to get a ruling from a judge as to whether the case is compensable.

If you have any questions about your South Carolina workman’s compensation case, give us a call. We’d be happy to help.

Call Our North Augusta Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Today

It is important to us that you receive the compensation that you deserve for your injuries and damages. When you get hurt at work, it can often leave you feeling scared or unsure about your future. Make sure you get treatment right away and contact a lawyer as soon as possible to get your case headed the right direction. When you hire our North Augusta workers’ compensation lawyers, you are in good hands. We will fight tirelessly to get you a result that is fair. Please call us today to get your free initial consultation.

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