As your trusted legal partner, we at Stanley Law Firm are always here to provide you with the information and support you need, especially when it comes to navigating the complex landscape of workers’ compensation cases. We understand that you may have many questions about this process, and we are happy to provide answers to some of the most common questions we receive from our clients.
Am I eligible for workers’ compensation in South Carolina?
Nearly all employees in South Carolina are covered by workers’ compensation laws. If your employer has four or more employees, you are likely eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. However, there are some exceptions, such as independent contractors, agricultural workers, and certain casual employees.
What should I do if I’m injured on the job?
First and foremost, seek medical treatment immediately. Your health is the top priority. Once you have been medically attended, promptly report the injury to your employer, preferably in writing. Under South Carolina law, you have 90 days to report the injury (to your employer), but the sooner you do so, the better.
How long do I have to file a workers’ compensation claim?
In South Carolina, you have two years from the date of the injury to file a workers’ compensation claim with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. However, it’s best to start the process as soon as you can to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
Can I choose my own doctor for treatment?
In South Carolina, your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance carrier has the right to choose the doctor who will treat your work-related injury. However, if you are not satisfied with the care you are receiving, you may request a change of physician through the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission.
What benefits can I expect to receive from a workers’ compensation claim?
Workers’ compensation benefits in South Carolina may include coverage for medical expenses, wage replacement, and compensation for any permanent impairment or disfigurement caused by the work-related injury. In some cases, vocational rehabilitation may also be provided.
Can I be fired for filing a workers’ compensation claim?
No, it is illegal for an employer to fire, demote, or otherwise retaliate against an employee for filing a workers’ compensation claim in South Carolina. If you believe you have been retaliated against, it is essential to contact an experienced workers’ compensation attorney to protect your rights.
As always, our team at Stanley Law Firm is dedicated to helping you navigate the complexities of workers’ compensation law in South Carolina. If you have any further questions or need assistance with your workman’s comp case, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at 843-390-9111 for a complimentary consultation.