A workplace injury can be severe and life-changing. Adequate benefits should be available through workers’ compensation, but that is not always the case. If you’ve been hurt on the job, you may need the help of a trial-ready law firm to fight for your rights and recover payment for expenses associated with your injury.
The Law Offices of Howell & Christmas have over 40 years of combined experience serving the hard-working people of Charleston, South Carolina. Our team of Charleston workers’ compensation lawyers and paralegal staff provide compassionate support and advocacy for workers hurt on the job. We handle all types of work-related claims and workers’ comp cases, and are committed to fighting for the benefits that our clients deserve.
The fact is that insufficient workplace health and safety protections are currently in place, and injured workers often delay or avoid filing claims. This is due to a fear of retaliation from employers who want to deny adequate care and compensation. Workplace injuries are widespread. The Occupational Safety and Health Act ensures that employers provide a safe and healthy working environment, yet more than 6 million workers are injured or become sick on the job each year in the U.S.
What is Covered?
According to South Carolina law, an injured worker is entitled to all necessary medical treatment that is likely to lessen the disability. This coverage is available with the help of a Charleston workers’ comp lawyer, no matter who is at fault—whether you, the employer, or no one caused the injury.
Compensation generally pays for surgery, hospitalization, medical supplies, prosthetic devices, and prescriptions. If you are an employee with workers’ compensation coverage, then the insurance carrier must pay for (1) all medical expenses related to your injuries; (2) weekly disability benefits checks for the period of time you are written out of work by your authorized doctors; and (3) a lump sum payment for any permanent disability and/or wage loss you may have after completion of your medical treatment.
Workplace injuries due to slips, trips, and falls will be covered, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome caused by repetitive use of the hands and arms. You are also covered under the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act if you aggravate and/or re-injure a pre-existing medical condition.
How a Charleston Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Can Help
Lawyers at our Charleston firm understand that during this period of difficulty and stress, you may need a legal advocate to deal with insurance companies. You will undoubtedly have many questions about your case. Who will pay for lost wages? And how much compensation is given for a serious workplace injury? These are typical concerns during this time of financial hardship. Due to the many uncertainties involved in a personal injury case, you will benefit from an experienced Charleston workers’ compensation attorney who understands South Carolina workers’ comp laws.
An aggressive strategy may be necessary to get the medical treatment, compensation and other damages that you are entitled to under the law. Our attorneys will consider all available evidence and case law to assist you in pursuing your work injury benefits.
If you have been harmed due the negligence of someone other than a co-worker, you may also need to pursue a “third-party” lawsuit seeking additional compensation for your expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages.
Contact Our Charleston Law Office
Charleston, South Carolina is well known for its beautiful historic commercial district, featuring acclaimed culture, cuisine, entertainment and beaches. Thousands of people visit our city each year, whether its for the renowned Spoleto Festival USA, the Family Circle Tennis tournament or other tourism events. Charleston has grown in population approximately 20% since 2000, which has increased the availability of good jobs for hardworking people. Over the past ten years, Charleston has seen significant growth in most employment fields. Across the U.S. manufacturing jobs are being shed at an alarming rate, but Charleston’s production workforce only continues to grow.
Our offices are conveniently located in nearby North Charleston and Mount Pleasant, just minutes from the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. We are available for a confidential meeting with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Evening, weekend, home and hospital visits are always an option. If you’re suffering from a workplace injury, you may need an experienced attorney to manage your legal affairs. Contact Howell & Christmas for a free consultation today.