An injury at work creates stress, uncertainty, and plenty of questions. How will you pay the bills and the added expense of medical care? How long will you be out of work? Will you lose your job? Do you qualify for workers’ compensation?
The workers’ compensation lawyers at David Blackwell Law can help you understand your rights after a work injury and the workers’ compensation process in South Carolina. We understand the steps needed to help you receive wages and take time to recover from an injury before returning to work.
In addition to injury, workers’ compensation can also cover an illness or occupational disease contracted while performing duties at the workplace.
Your employer may challenge whether or not you were technically on the job when you were injured, and you may need to start an appeals process if you are denied worker’s compensation. Our team has years of experience in South Carolina workers’ compensation cases and appeals. If you think you may have a claim, remember these three vital facts about workers’ compensation benefits.
- Report Immediately – Regardless of the type and severity of your injury, it’s important you report your accident to your employer right away in order to protect your rights and ensure full payments.
- The Three Day Rule – If you miss less than three days of work, your claim will likely provide medical benefits but not cover lost wages. After three days, you may receive Temporary Total Disability or Temporary Partial Disability benefits.
- Approved Doctors – Under workers’ compensation laws, your employer will select the physician who treats you at the time of the accident. If you are dissatisfied with the initial treating physician and further treatment is required, you are able to select a second physician from a list of four physicians selected by the employer.
Reviewing Your Claim
If you do not qualify for workers’ compensation, you may still be able to receive compensation for your injuries from a third party. We will review your individual case to see if you qualify for either workers’ compensation or a third party personal injury claim.
To set up your workers’ compensation review, contact David Blackwell Law at 803-285-0225. We offer prompt appointments and complete personal injury services.