Workers Compensation Claims

Our workers’ comp system was set up before World War II to be a quick and easy way for injured workers to receive benefits when injured on the job.  That simple system has been twisted and manipulated by employers and their insurance companies to the point that having an attorney is often the only way to get fair benefits.  If you are hurt on the job and you are unable to work because of your injuries you are entitled to a weekly compensation check and to have your medical bills paid by your employer.  You must notify your employer of the injury within ninety days and you have only two years to file your workers’ comp claim.  If your injury results in a permanent disability (whether partial or total) you are entitled to permanent disability benefits under South Carolina law. 

Employers and insurance companies have a financial motivation to block you every step of the way, from contesting whether or not your injury happened at work, to fighting over the amount of your weekly disability check, to refusing to authorize medical treatment considered necessary by your doctor. I have lengthy experience in handling all types of workers’ comp claims throughout this state from the single commissioner hearing level to the South Carolina Supreme Court.  I’ve gone to court to get denied claims ruled compensable, to get my clients needed medical care that had been refused, to get weekly disability checks continued when they had been wrongfully stopped, and to get adequate and fair permanent disability benefits paid to my clients when the insurance company offered a small amount to conclude the claim. 

IT IS NEVER TOO EARLY TO DISCUSS YOUR WORKERS' COMP CLAIM WITH AN ATTORNEY BECAUSE THERE ARE MANY LEGAL TRAPS THAT MIGHT COST AN UNREPRESENTED WORKER HIS OR HER CLAIM.