Workers' Compensation FAQs
Nobody expects to be hurt or injured on the job. In the event an on the job injury or occupational illness happens to you, workers’ compensation can provide a safety net to ensure you get the medical care you need to recover and the financial benefits you need to support yourself and your family. The following are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about applying for and getting workers’ compensation benefits:
What should I do if I get injured on the job?
According to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC), you should report any type of on the job injury or illness to your supervisor immediately and request medical treatment for your injuries. Failing to report your injury or to get medical treatment for it could result in having your claim denied.
How do I apply for workers’ compensation?
Check with your employer within a week following your injury to see if they have filed a workers’ compensation claim. If they have not, you can file your claim yourself by downloading form 50 and form 52 on the WCC website.
Will workers’ compensation cover my injuries even if I work part-time?
Employers with four or more employees in South Carolina are obligated to provide workers’ compensation coverage to all workers, regardless of whether they work full or part-time. The exceptions to this are railroad, agricultural, and railway employees, as well as workers who made under $3,000 in the year they were injured. To check whether you are eligible, consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
What types of benefits am I eligible for under workers’ compensation?
Under Title 42 of the South Carolina Code of Laws the types of compensation employees may be eligible for depending on the nature and severity of their injuries and include the following:
- Medical expenses
- Transportation to and from doctor appointments
- Cost of recuperative and rehabilitative care
- Lost wages
- Temporary or permanent disability
These benefits are available to South Carolina employees, regardless of whether or not they were at fault for their injuries.
What happens if my claim is denied?
If your workers’ compensation claim is denied, you are entitled to appeal the WCC’s decision. You can request a hearing before an administrative judge, who will view your medical reports and hear testimony and evidence regarding your case and issue a decision. If you disagree with the administrative judge’s decision, you may be able to appeal it through additional hearings. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury, you may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit for damages.
Contact Us Regarding Workers’ Compensation
Getting the workers’ compensation, you need after an on the job illness or injury can be a complicated and confusing process. Regardless of the nature of the injury, whether it will keep you from doing your job for several weeks to several months to preventing you from returning to work permanently, contact our experienced South Carolina attorneys to work with you to get the benefits you deserve. With offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, we provide aggressive legal representation for injured workers. Call or contact Anastopoulo Law Firm online today for a free consultation.