Goose Creek Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job in Goose Creek, the state of South Carolina offers workers compensation for your injuries. In the case of workplace injuries, the employer is responsible and the injured employee does not have to prove negligence. An injured worker can recover compensation for lost earnings, medical expenses and other benefits. However, the family members may not file a wrongful death claim against the employer.
While Goose Creek workers’ compensation does not allow an employee to file a lawsuit against their employer, the employee may file a claim against the third parties involved if they were a contributing factor to the workplace accident. Third party lawsuit action may be necessary to uncover the compensation the victim of workplace injury deserves. Third parties that may be liable for personal injury include:
- Company drivers
- Public utility providers
- Outside vendors
- Supervisors other than the employer
- Defective equipment manufacturers
- Project managers
Discuss your workers' compensation case
A lawsuit against a third party may be made while pursuing workers compensation. It is crucial, however, to discuss your case with an experienced work injury attorney with Steinberg Law Firm in order to follow the right path to recover your benefits and compensation. If you do not do so, you may miss a vital step in the process and your benefits may be terminated or you will not maximize your reward potential.
Common Work-Related Accidents
The most common types of accidents on the job are:
- Slip trip and fall accidents
- Torn muscles & ligaments
- Broken bones & fractures
- Burns, bruises & lascerations
- Exposure to chemicals
- Vehicle accidents
- Leg, hip & knee injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Head & neck injuries
- Back injuries, bulging/herniated disc injuries
- Hand, wrist & shoulder injuries
- Hearing & vision loss
Learn more about Workers' Compensation in South Carolina
To learn more about workers' compensation in South Carolina, view or download our workers' compensation infographic.
What types of compensation are available
You are entitled to:
This includes visits to the doctor, surgery, prescriptions, etc. If you go to your own physician your expenses will not be paid. If you visit a doctor chosen by your employer’s insurance company, they are paid directly.
You are temporarily totally disabled (TTD) if you are not able to work as a result of injury/illness. During this period you can be paid wages you would have earned had you been able to keep working during your recovery period.
Permanent partial disability
Permanent partial disability (PPD) applies if you are permanently impaired. You receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage, subject to the same weekly maximum as TTD.
Permanent total disability
Permanent total disability (PTD) refers to the loss of both legs, arms, feet, hands, loss of vision, in both eyes, or a combination of such losses. Workers considered to be permanently totally disabled may receive more benefits.