We hope the answers below will help you understand Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina. If you still have questions about work accidents, getting compensated for your injuries, or the workers’ comp process, contact our office any time to get the answers you need. Our team of attorneys can help you every step of the way.
What should I do if I was injured on the job?
If you have been injured on the job, you must inform your employer of your injury as soon as you can. You can report this injury to a supervisor, manager, or safety administrator through writing or in person. You have 90 days to report an on-the-job injury, but you are encouraged to report your injury as soon as possible to lessen the chances of your claim being denied by the insurance company or your employer. After this, you have two years to file a claim for benefits.
How much compensation will I receive for a workplace injury?
Under South Carolina workers' comp law, you are eligible for 66 2/3 percent of your average weekly wage. Your average weekly wage is determined by a calculation based on your wages in the four quarters prior to your injury. In addition, compensation may not exceed the maximum average weekly wage set by the South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce.
Can I be compensated for missing time from work?
There is a seven day waiting period in South Carolina between the time of your workplace injury and time of payment. After seven days, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation payments. If your injury lasts more than 14 days, then you will be paid for the seven day waiting period.
How long does workers’ compensation last?
Your workers’ compensation payments should last until your doctor gives you permission to return to work. If your injury lasts more than 150 days, your employer will have to ask you to sign a receipt of compensation after 15 days back at work. If you return to work before 150 days, you will have time to assess whether you agree with the termination of your workers’ compensation payment and file for a hearing if you disagree. A workers’ compensation lawyer can help you determine whether you should still be receiving payment.
Do I have to work if my doctor approves “light duty” work?
If your doctor approves you for “light duty” work, you must return to work. Refusing to go back to work could cause your compensation to be terminated. If you believe that you are not healthy enough to perform your job duties, you can request a hearing. In this case, an experienced workplace accident attorney can help you take the necessary legal steps to protect your health and well-being.
Does workers’ compensation cover expenses associated with traveling to medical offices?
If you are required to travel more than ten miles from your home to seek medical care during your recovery period, you will be reimbursed. As of 2004, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission approved reimbursement for trips to the pharmacy that are more than ten miles from a person’s home. Those who travel more than ten miles from their homes to a pharmacy or doctor will be reimbursed at a rate of 56 cents per mile (effective January 1, 2014).
For more information about Workers' Compenstation Law or if you have a specific question about filing workers comp claims or a work related injury, please contact the Steinberg Law Firm for a free consultation with one of our Charleston area Workers' Compenstion Attorneys. Calls are answered 24/7.