Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be a difficult and complicated process. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can make the process of navigating through easier. Filing, processing and following up on a claim can be strenuous affair when trying to also focus on recovering from your injury.
Finding an attorney to represent you can make all the difference in the success of a claim. Whether it’s recovering lost wages or mountains of medical bills, our experienced workers’ comp attorneys can give you the guidance and care you need to recover. Lowcountry Law, LLC is committed to helping those hurt at work receive the justice and compensation that they deserve. Our workers’ compensation attorneys in the Charleston and Myrtle Beach area take a thorough approach to help ensure that you and your family are not taken advantage of by your employer or their insurance company.
How Do I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
The first step after you have suffered an injury in the workplace is to report the injury immediately. One of the biggest mistakes people make after becoming injured on the job is neglecting to report their injury to their supervisor and have an official accident report filed.
This accident report should include a detailed description of your injury and exactly what you were doing when you become injured. After completing your report, your employer will contact their workers’ compensation insurance provider, file a claim, and schedule an appointment for you to see one of their insurance provider’s approved doctors. You should always ask for a copy of your accident report and any other documentation surrounding your injury.
Why Would a Workers’ Comp Claim Be Denied?
There are various reasons that a workers’ compensation claim may be denied, including, but not limited to:
- Failure to report an injury in a timely manner
- Failure to file on time
- Not seeking or receiving medical treatment for your injuries
- If the employer disputes the claim
- The complexity of the claim is difficult to prove
- Failure to provide sufficient evidence that the injury was work-related
Thankfully, even if your claim was denied, you are still able to file an appeal with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. Contacting a skilled workers’ comp lawyer BEFORE filing your
What Types of Injuries are Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
Because South Carolinians do many different types of jobs, there are a vast number of injuries that can occur while at work. Some of these injuries may be minor, while others can be severe and life-altering. If you are not sure whether your injury qualifies you to file a worker’s compensation claim, you should always consult with a lawyer about your specific situation.
Some common workplace injuries that typically qualify for workers’ compensation include:
- Sprains, dislocations, or broken bones
- Concussions or any type of head injury
- Lacerations, scrapes, or bruises
- Vision, smell, or hearing loss
- Injuries caused by electric shock
- Disc, back, or spinal cord injuries
- Brain or neurological damage
- Loss of limbs/dismemberment
- Respiratory damage/lung diseases
- Mental or psychological conditions
What Can I Receive Compensation For?
Medical Treatment: In almost all workers’ compensation cases, your employer is responsible for the cost of your doctor visits and treatments for your injury. This includes medical necessities such as prescription medication, crutches, wheelchairs, and more. In some cases, employers may even be responsible to cover your medical expenses for the rest of your life. This is why it is always important to consult an attorney before accepting any settlements from an insurance company.
Lost Wages: Most people don’t realize that after being injured at work, your employer is also responsible for reimbursing you for up to 66% of your lost wages. We can help you precisely calculate your salary and benefits to make sure you receive the most compensation allowed under the law.
Compensation for Permanency: Your employer may be responsible for compensating you for any permanent of life-altering conditions that persist due to your injury. After being treated by a physician, we can evaluate any and all physical or mental limitations, restrictions, or losses that could entitle you to receive additional compensation.
How Much Does a Worker’s Compensation Lawyer Cost?
Our legal team is committed to seeking justice and compensation for hard working South Carolinians of all job types who have been injured or disabled while on the job. Every case is different and can very in difficulty depending on the type of injury and attention needed to successfully complete your claim. For this reason, all consultations with us are completely free, and you won’t have to pay any attorney’s fees until we resolve your case. Our main priority is your well-being and we are committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve.