If you are a South Carolina employee who suffered injuries in an accident at work, you may be wondering about your rights and options regarding recovery. The aftermath of a serious work accident can be difficult and overwhelming, but you could have a rightful claim to benefits through workers' compensation.
The claims process is not always easy, and you might be unsure as to how you should proceed. It is helpful to learn more about the process and what you should expect from your employer. When you understand the process, you can better protect your rights and interests as you pursue the support and benefits you need.
What should your employer do?
Most employers have the obligation to carry workers' compensation insurance. According to South Carolina law, employers should:
- Post information about workers' compensation laws in a place where employees can easily see it
- File the appropriate paperwork with the local workers' compensation office after a jobsite accident
- Provide emergency medical treatment in the immediate aftermath of a work accident resulting in injuries
- Cooperate with your requests for information regarding your rights as an injured worker and the workers' compensation process
Your employer cannot prevent you from filing a workers' compensation claim, nor can it keep you from learning about your rights after an accident. Workers' compensation laws are strict, and failure to cooperate with them is not only frustrating and inconvenient for you, it can be a legitimate legal concern.
Often, injured workers find it beneficial to seek legal guidance as they navigate the workers' compensation claims process. A legal ally can help you protect your rights and fight to maximize the benefits you may receive.
Pursuing a full recovery
Workers' compensation benefits are intended to help you get better and get back to work as soon as possible after an accident. However, you need financial and physical support to do this, and seeking workers' compensation benefits can help you secure what you need to get better.
After an accident in the workplace, you do not have to walk through the recovery and claims process alone. It might be helpful to have your case evaluated by a lawyer who can help you complete paperwork, deal with complications of filing a claim and work to recover after your accident.