Accidents, injuries, and occupational diseases are common occurrences in the workplaces across South Carolina and throughout the nation. A workplace injury or disease can lead to serious financial jeopardy for workers and their families which is why the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act was written. Under this Act, you are entitled to specific benefits when injured in the course of your employment. Obtaining those benefits through a workers’ compensation claim can sometimes be difficult and problematic. You may need the legal skills of an attorney well-versed in the underlying laws and procedures. At Howell & Christmas our attorney team provides dedicated advocacy for injured workers and their families.
Our seasoned legal team has more than three decades of combined experience in handling all types of work-related insurance claims and lawsuits for those who have been injured. We are committed to fighting for your legal rights and the compensation you need and deserve to put your life back together. If you’ve been afraid to make a claim due to fear of retaliation from an employer, if your claim has been denied by your employer’s insurance carrier, or if you are uncertain about how to proceed under the workers’ compensation system in Socastee, Howell & Christmas can provide the skilled and dedicated legal help you need.
Workers’ Comp in South Carolina
Under workers’ compensation laws in the state, if you are injured on the job or develop a disability caused by work-related activities such as repetitive motion carpal tunnel syndrome, you must report it to your employer within 90 days or you may forfeit your compensation rights. Your employer’s insurance carrier is responsible for paying you:
- Medical treatment for your condition such as hospitalization, surgery, medical supplies, prescriptions, and prosthetic devices
- Compensation at a rate of 66 2/3 of your average weekly wage based on the four quarters prior to your injury
- Permanent and total disability benefits when applicable
The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission publishes past and current compensation rates as well as mileage rates covering travel to and from a doctor after your injury.
In cases where your employer disputes your right to benefits or fails to report your accident or where you believe that you have not received all of the benefits to which you are entitled, the matter is resolved through a hearing conducted by an official of the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission. Our firm can represent you at this hearing and throughout all phases of your claim for benefits.
Fault is Not an Issue
Injured workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits regardless of fault. In cases where your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone other than a co-worker or employer, you may have grounds for a third-party claim seeking additional damages for your pain and suffering, lost wages, and other expenses.
Contact Us Today
You may have many questions and concerns about your workers’ compensation case in Socastee. Let us answer your questions and advise you on how best to proceed at this difficult time. We understand your stress and the financial issues you are undoubtedly facing and will work diligently to help resolve your situation as efficiently as possible. For a free confidential consultation, contact us now.