Summerville Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

It is vitally important for workers to feel and be safe at the workplace. Most construction workers are familiar with what workers’ compensation is being a type of insurance that replaces lost wages and medical benefits for injured workers. Workplace injuries, especially ones that causes lost wages, can be devastating — not only are you dealing with pain, you are also worried about where and when the next paycheck will come from and who is going to pay your medical bills, mortgage and food for your family. But you do not have to worry.

No Fault Workers' Compensation

While the workers' compensation system may sound straightforward, in reality it rarely is. Anything can and often does happen. It may be that the employer and the insurance company may not agree to settle a worker’s claim. However, if there is an offer made, the worker is not obligated to agree to the terms of such an offer. This is where a worker would do well to have an experienced Summerville workers’ compensation lawyer in their corner. No matter what the situation is, it is best to consult with a competent Summerville workers’ compensation attorney to find out what your legal rights are and determine how much you may be able to obtain in compensation for your injuries.

South Carolina has a “no fault” workers’ compensation system where workers are not mandated to prove an employer was at fault in order to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, workers/plaintiffs have to show that the injury or illness happened in the workplace or was job related.

Who is eligible for workers' compensation?

It is important to note that not all South Carolina employees are eligible for workers’ compensation. Those who are not eligible include:

  • Corporate officers
  • Agricultural labourers
  • Railroad employees
  • Railway express workers
  • Federal workers in the state
  • Workers at businesses with less than four employees
  • Some temporary workers

RESULTS

WE HAVE RECOVERED OVER $500 MILLION FOR CLIENTS IN THE LAST 10 YEARS, INCLUDING:
$1,000,000 in a claim for overtime and unpaid wages.

Common Work-Related Accidents

The most common types of accidents on the job are:

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Representing Summerville & Nearby Areas of South Carolina

If you have been injured on the job, 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.

Do I have a workers' compensation case? How can I know?

What you need to know to ensure you protect your right to receive benefits

To make sure that you receive workers’ compensation benefits, you must report your accident to your employer, in writing. If you do not complete this mandatory process you may lose your right to any benefits. You do have up to two years to file a claim for benefits, but the initial notification of an injury must be done posthaste after the accident.

Once an employer has been notified of a worker’s injury, they have ten days to report that injury/illness to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission (SCWCC). Should your employer fail to file a claim with the SCWCC, you may file a claim directly with them, and if you feel you are not getting all the compensation that you are entitled to, or if your employer disputes your illness/injury as being work-related, you may also file a claim.

In situations such as this, we strongly suggest consulting with a Summerville worker compensation attorney from the Steinberg Law Firm to assist you in navigating the workers’ compensation claim process.

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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:

  • Medical care

    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.

  • Lost wages

    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.

Appealing a decision

If benefits are denied, a worker has the right to appeal that decision, and should you disagree with the decision you also have the right to file an appeal to be heard by the South Carolina Worker’s Compensation Commission.

Discussing your case with an experienced Summerville workers’ compensation lawyer is your best course of action to ensure you get full and fair compensation for your injuries.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a workers’ compensation accident and sustained serious injuries, make sure to quickly connect with a Summerville workers’ compensation lawyer. You do not need to try and deal with everything on your own.

Contact a Summerville workers’ compensation attorney from the Steinberg Law Firm. They thoroughly assess your case and explain how the workers’ compensation system works and what you can expect if you file a claim.

FREE CONSULTATIONS

To obtain fair and equitable compensation for your injuries you need the assistance of a capable and experienced workers’ compensation attorney to address every concern you have about the case and advise you of your legal rights. Your Summerville workers’ compensation attorney from the Steinberg Law Firm is with you every step of the way, from case evaluation to settlement or court.

What Our Clients Say About Us

I am very pleased with my experience

I have, and will continue to recommend The Steinberg Law Firm. They have worked very hard on my behalf.

It is hard to really put in writing how much Tom was there for me

He really did such an unbelievable job. Even when the settlement was made, he returned a text with a call to share in the joy over another medical event we were going through, that had a great outcome. Yes, they really do care.

I would highly recommend them

Enjoyed the fact that every time I called, someone called me back. It made me feel like my case mattered, and that I mattered. They answered all of my questions and concerns in a timely manner.

They will go the extra mile for you

David Pearlman and his staff did an exceptional job on my claim. Mr. Pearlman was honest, patient and steered me in the right direction. A’Riel was always nice and very helpful. I would recommend them to everyone.

I would never seek help from any other Firm!

The lawyers and their staff are very professional, caring about your situation! They are one of a kind!Get this Firm behind you and you will never be sorry!

It was a pleasure working with Steven Goldberg and his staff

They were courteous and professional. They maintained regular contact for status reports on my case and provided needed documentation on a timely basis. I would recommend this firm.