A workplace injury can be devastating for you and your family.
You may suddenly find yourself facing enormous medical bills and injuries that make you unable to work. Workers' compensation can help ease the burden, but sometimes employers and insurers will do everything in their power to not pay some or all the benefits you deserve.
What should you do if you are hurt on the job?
Can a SC workers' compensation lawyer help you to get your full benefits? How can your attorney help in your workers' compensation case?
I Was Hurt on the Job - What Should I Do?
SC workers' compensation law can be complicated, but there are a few things that you should do immediately:
- See a doctor or get emergency medical care if needed;
- Report your injury to your employer within 90 days; and
- Contact your SC workers' comp attorney.
Will My Boss or the Insurance Company Pay My Benefits?
You may be eligible for benefits for medical expenses, lost wages, and long-term disability. But, employers often deny workers' compensation claims by arguing that:
- The injury is not serious;
- The injury does not require medical treatment;
- The injury did not happen on the job; or
- The injury does not require time off.
When your employer chooses to fight your claim, the process of proving your injury and navigating the workers' comp bureaucracy can be long, complex, and overwhelming. Your SC workers' comp lawyer can help.
How Can a SC Workers' Compensation Lawyer Help?
At each stage of the process, from filing your claim to filing appeals if your claim is denied, your workers' comp lawyer can help you to get the benefits that you are entitled to. Your attorney will help you to:
Get the care you need.
If you are hurt on the job, workers' compensation benefits should pay for your treatment. But you may have to go to a doctor of your employer's choice. That doctor may order a drug treatment you do not feel comfortable with or determine that you should return to work before you think it is safe. Your attorney can help with this by communicating with your employer or the employer's insurance company, and, if necessary, requesting a hearing with the S.C. Workers' Compensation Commission.
Clear the bureaucratic hurdles.
All the forms and strict deadlines involved in a workers' compensation claim can be overwhelming. An attorney with experience filing the appropriate forms can save you time and ensure that you don't miss deadlines.
Build your case.
A successful workers' compensation claim depends on sifting through a lot of information and finding the right evidence to build a case. Your attorney will collect the right information from your medical and employment records, and they will work with medical and vocational experts to determine the extent of your injury and how it affects your ability to work.
Level the playing field.
When you start negotiating a settlement with your employer, you will be up against professionals with lots of experience fighting and denying claims like yours, and you will need the help of your own experienced professional.
Request a hearing or appeal a bad decision.
If settlement negotiations fail, you can request a hearing before the S.C. Workers' Compensation Commission. These hearings are like trials, and your attorney knows how to organize and present evidence in support of your claim and challenge evidence presented by your employer.
Exhaust all options.
Whether your workers' compensation claim is successful or not, your attorney can help you determine if you are entitled to other benefits because of your injury. Sometimes, workplace injuries are caused by someone other than the employer, and your attorney can tell you whether you can bring a third party personal injury claim for damages.
South Carolina Workers' Compensation Lawyers
Axelrod and Associates has offices in Myrtle Beach, Little River, and Rock Hill, SC. If you've been hurt on the job, we want to help you get maximum compensation and all of the benefits that you are entitled to.