Attorneys For Injured Workers In South Carolina
If you were injured on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of who was at fault. To qualify, the injury must be work-related and you must have reported it to your employer in a timely manner.
At Axelrod & Associates, P.A., in Myrtle Beach, our lawyers are here to ensure you recover the maximum compensation you are due from workers’ compensation. We also represent workers whose claims were denied. If you were hurt at work, call 843-353-3449 for a free case evaluation. We have offices in Myrtle Beach, Rock Hill and Little River.
Report your work injury promptly: Reporting the accident/injury in a timely manner is critical to receiving the compensation you deserve. Delays can jeopardize payment of medical fees and other compensation you may be entitled to under South Carolina law. Under no circumstance should you wait to report an incident to your supervisor. Once you report the accident or injury, you generally have up to two years to file a claim.
The following is a list of some of the types of injuries that are covered by workers’ compensation:
- Various bodily injuries (knee, arm, hand, foot, back, neck, rotator cuff)
- Burns and injuries suffered in fires and explosions
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD)
- Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Asbestos exposure and other occupational diseases
- Chemical burns and toxic chemical exposure
- Disfigurement, scarring, lost limbs and amputations
- Eye injuries and hearing problems
- Work-induced heart attacks and work-induced strokes
In South Carolina, workers’ compensation laws have certain injuries or claims that are not covered, called preclusions. Any injury sustained outside of work, or outside the scope of your duties at work, would fall under preclusion. In certain situations, unexplained falls or injuries may be precluded as well. If your employer or its insurance company denies your claim for any reason, you should seek the advice of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney immediately.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits In South Carolina
Workers’ compensation provides the following benefits:
- Medical bills for treatment of your injury, as well as travel expenses
- Prescription drugs
- Future medical expenses
- Temporary disability payments for up to 500 weeks — or your lifetime for catastrophic injuries
- Compensation for permanent impairment of a body part or function
Can I Sue My Employer For Negligence?
In exchange for providing workers’ compensation benefits, South Carolina employers generally cannot be sued by their employees for injuries that happen on the job. However, there might be other negligent third parties you can sue. Examples include:
- Other drivers in work-related car accidents
- Manufacturers of defective machinery
- Vendors and contractors who do not work for your employer
Our lawyers will review your case and seek compensation from all parties who may be liable for your injury. By filing a personal injury lawsuit, we can recover compensation for pain and suffering, as well as lost wages that aren’t replaced by workers’ compensation.
Our lawyers have helped hundreds of injured workers secure the maximum benefits they are due under the laws of South Carolina.