The purpose of state workers’ compensation programs is to offer compensation for workers who sustain injuries or illnesses from their workplaces, as well as to reduce the costs of job-related injury and illness for employers. Workers’ compensation is usually the sole remedy for injured employees; due to the benefits that the workers’ compensation system provides, covered employees are not allowed to file personal injury lawsuits against their employers.
However, employers do not always agree that workers’ compensation benefits are available to an employee in a certain situation, and there are some circumstances that the workers’ compensation system does not cover. Due to this potential for disputes over liability, the attorneys of Howell & Christmas can be instrumental in helping Summerville workers get all of the compensation benefits for which they are eligible as quickly and efficiently as possible.
Injuries Not Covered
In some cases, injuries that occur in the workplace may not be covered by the workers’ compensation program, or the employer may try to dispute paying out workers’ compensation benefits to an injured worker. For instance, these scenarios might include the following:
- Employees who purpose injure themselves while on the job
- Employees who suffer an on-the-job injury because they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs in the workplace
- Employees who sustain injuries when they are not actually on the job or at the workplace
- Employees who suffer injury only because they have violated a company rule or policy
There are a few other circumstances where an employer might dispute workers’ compensation coverage. For example, if a worker was an independent contractor, as opposed to a traditional employee, workers’ compensation coverage is not available. The lawyers of Howell & Christmas know how to handle workers’ compensation cases and have a firm knowledge of the law. As a result, they can help you with your workers’ compensation claim in Summerville.
Amount and Duration of Workers’ Comp Benefits
When a Summerville employee suffers a job-related injury or illness, workers’ compensation benefits are typically available, but disputes may arise about the amount of benefits to which an employee is entitled, or the duration for those benefits to be paid by the employer. While an employee may feel that he or she needs additional time for physical recovery, for instance, or that he or she has become permanently disabled as a result of the injuries, the employer may disagree and wish to limit the workers’ compensation benefits available to that employee, depending on the situation. In this situation, too, the assistance of an attorney can be invaluable in resolving disputes regarding workers’ compensation coverage.
Look to a Workers’ Compensation Attorney for Advice
Contact Howell & Christmas to schedule an appointment with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. We can evaluate your case, determine whether you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, and assess the duration and amount of the benefits to which you are entitled. You also can learn whether you are entitled to alternative benefits or remedies that may assist you as you recover from your injuries.