A job provides you with the ability to earn a livelihood in Myrtle Beach but it can also cause you to experience hardship if you’re injured at work. All it takes is a trip over a rug, a malfunction of machinery, a scaffold to collapse and the next thing you know, you’re in the emergency room waiting for medical treatment. An on-the-job accident can devastate your life, and leave you with mounting medical expenses, chronic pain, and a temporary or permanent disability. If a serious work-related injury has devastated your life or the life of a loved one, contact Howell & Christmas and speak to a lawyer.
Workers who are injured on the job are eligible to apply for South Carolina workers’ compensation benefits. At times, however, getting approved for the benefits may be challenging. We understand these problems because we have helped others resolve their claims. Contact us and let us help you.
Report the Accident to Your Employer
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the federal agency responsible for enforcing safety and health legislation, also investigates workplace accidents and maintains a list of the frequently violated safety standards in the workplace. According to OSHA, the Top 10 most frequently violated standards in fiscal year 2014 (October 1, 2013-September 30, 2014) are:
- Fall protection (construction)
- Hazard communication standard
- Scaffolding (construction)
- Respiratory protection
- Powered industrial trucks
- Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
- Ladders (construction)
- Electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment
- Machinery and machine guarding
- Electrical systems design
A violation of these and other safety standards can cause serious injuries. We realize Myrtle Beach workers are sometimes reluctant to report accidents for fear that they may lose their jobs or lose wages because they will have to stay off from work to recover from their injuries. An attorney will help you to understand that if your claims are approved, your employer and your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company are required to pay your medical expenses and pay weekly disability checks to help support you when you are off from work. If your condition does not improve, your doctor will determine whether your disability is permanent. At this point, it is important to contact a lawyer who will advise you of the next step to take.
To receive South Carolina workers’ comp benefits, you must report your on-the-job injury to your employer within 90 days of your accident and request medical treatment if you need it. While the state law requires you to report the injury within 90 days, you can take up to two years to file a claim for benefits. Survivors of employees who died as a result of work-related injuries can also file a claim for benefits within two years of their loved one’s death.
Have You Applied and Been Denied?
Although you may be eligible for workers’ comp, receiving approval for the benefits may be challenging. In some cases, employers or their insurance companies will deny your claim. In these instances, a lawyer will help you appeal the decision to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission.
If an on-the-job injury has devastated your life, Howell & Christmas will fight for your right to access benefits that provide financial assistance to people with occupational disabilities. Our law firm has handled many workers’ compensation claims and is available to help you at any stage. Contact us today and schedule an appointment. Your initial consultation is confidential and free.