At Howell & Christmas we believe injured workers should be taken care of by their employers after they get hurt or sick on the job. The law requires virtually every employee be covered by workers’ compensation, so you should get benefits if you are injured or ill or if a loved one is killed on the job. Unfortunately, sometimes workers’ compensation benefits are denied to those who are harmed by their jobs even though the law is clear that workers are to be protected.
The Hilton Head workers’ compensation attorneys at Howell & Christmas are members of the Injured Workers’ Advocates, the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, and the South Carolina Association for Justice. We have dedicated our careers to helping injured employees get the money they need to cover medical treatment costs and other bills when they cannot work. If you need help getting workers’ compensation benefits in the Hilton Head area, we are here for you. Call today to schedule a free consultation with an injury lawyer.
Workers’ Comp Benefits
Employers are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance to provide coverage in case an employee gets hurt or is sickened by toxins at work. Workers’ compensation insurance should provide benefits after any incident on the job affects a worker’s health. This is true regardless of whether an employer was careful and followed safety rules or whether an employer was careless.
After an accident on the worksite or while doing work offsite, an injured worker should be covered and receive benefits. A worker who gets carpal tunnel, other repetitive stress injuries or overexertion injuries should be entitled to benefits as well. Even workers exposed to lead, asbestos or toxic chemicals should get benefits if they come down with an illness because of their work tasks.
Benefits available to an injured or sick worker may include:
- Medical treatment costs
- Temporary disability benefits for total or partial disability
- Permanent disability benefits for total or partial disability
- Scheduled loss benefits for specific illness or injuries, such as the amputation of a limb
- Death benefits for dependents if a worker is killed on the job
If your claim is denied, if your employer or the insurer tries to limit disability benefits by forcing you back to work too early, or if your medical bills aren’t paid in full, you need to take action to protect your rights. Contact a work injury lawyer serving the Hilton Head area for help.
A Lawyer Can Help
Howell & Christmas has more than 30 years of collective experience helping those who were harmed on the job. We can assist you in making your initial claim or in resolving problems that may arise if you are not given full workers’ compensation benefits. We can also help you determine if any third party non-employers may be held liable in a personal injury or wrongful death action.
Call today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team and learn how we can help you after you or a loved one is harmed by job tasks.