Have you been injured on the job? Are you unsure of how to access your workers’ compensation benefits? Contact the South Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys at Anastopoulo Law Firm for help applying for workers’ compensation or appealing a denial of benefits. Our team of workers compensation attorneys in Charleston SC can assist you with the entire workers’ compensation process in order to help you receive the payment for lost wages and medical bills that you deserve.
Reach out to us when you are ready by calling (800) 313-5984. We offer free initial consultations and if there’s no recovery, there’s no fee.
The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation System
In South Carolina, under the Workers’ Compensation Act, employees injured while on the job are entitled to receive compensation for their injuries and lost wages. The Act also applies to employees who suffer an illness as a result of their job-related duties or activities. In order to access workers’ compensation benefits, an employee must file their workers’ compensation benefits claim with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission within two years of the injury or illness. Furthermore, an injured employee should report their injury/illness to their employer as soon as possible and immediately seek medical treatment.
Reporting an injury to an employer begins the process of accessing workers’ compensation benefits. Once they have received notice of an employee injury, an employer should report the employee’s injury/illness and contact their insurance provider. Once reported, the workers’ compensation claim process can commence and benefits can be paid out by the employer’s insurance provider. However, employers may seek to avoid making the workers’ compensation payments that an employee deserves.
Workers’ compensation claims should be filed directly by the employee when:
- An employer does not report that an accident/injury/illness has occurred in relation to employment
- The amount of workers’ compensation benefits to be received is in dispute
- The employer denies that an injury or illness was sustained by an employee at the workplace
Workers’ compensation payments are paid out at a rate of 66 ⅔ percent of a worker’s average weekly wages, as based on the worker’s previous four work quarters before the injury or illness arose. There is a seven-day waiting period before payment can be made within which the employee must be unable to return to work. Workers’ compensation payments encompass both a portion of the wages lost as a result of the employee’s injury/illness, as well as funds to be used to pay for medical care and treatment. Workers’ compensation payment may include compensation for those who have a disfigurement or permanent disability.
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A workplace-related injury or illness can have lasting effects and even prevent an employee from returning to work. In order to access the compensation that you deserve under South Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Act, you will need the skilled and effective assistance of a legal counsel. Reach out to the South Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys at Anastopoulo Law Firm. We are prepared to help you in any way that we can.
Call our workers' compensation attorneys in Charleston SC at (800) 313-5984 or contact us online today for a free consultation.