Columbia Work Injury Lawyer
Fighting for Workers’ Rights in South Carolina
Our Columbia work injury lawyer understands how important our legal system is for workers. South Carolina laws require that employers maintain a safe work environment and follow all workplace safety rules, including all federal laws and regulations.
You have given so much of yourself to your employer. When you are injured on the job, you deserve fair compensation for those injuries. A work injury attorney is an important ally for injured workers. Your attorney will be your first and last line of defense. You’re likely experiencing many challenges because of your injury. You need an attorney to take up your claim on your behalf, so you can focus on your health and recovery. An attorney at the Louthian Law Firm is here to help.
Contact a Columbia work injury lawyer at the Louthian Law Firm to schedule a free consultation. Call 803-454-1200 to get started.
Why Handling Your Own Work Injury Claim Presents Challenges
After suffering a serious injury, life often becomes complicated. If you decide to take legal action to get compensation for your injuries, you’ll be forced to learn a significant amount of information while negotiating with attorneys and insurance companies who argue against these types of claims on a regular basis.
At the Louthian Law Firm, we know how to get results for our clients. We handle the hard work, so our clients can focus on their loved ones, themselves and their recovery. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious workplace injury in South Carolina, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule an appointment with our legal team.
If you choose to handle your own claim, you could be ensuring that your claim never gets the representation it deserves. You might settle for significantly less than you are owed or, even worse, be denied compensation entirely.
Workers’ Compensation and Third-Party Suits
If you’ve been injured on the job, you are likely eligible for workers’ compensation. Although accepting workers’ compensation payments generally means giving up your right to sue your employer, it may not always be the case. If a third party — another company or person who is not your employer — caused your injuries, you may sue that party while you collect workers’ compensation.
You may also sue your employer for illegal behavior such as denying a valid workers’ compensation claim or retaliating against you for filing such a claim. And clearly, those whose employers never bought workers’ compensation insurance, denying them a chance to collect payments, may also sue.
Construction accidents in particular often involve more than one company — subcontractors, manufacturers of heavy equipment, property owners, architects, and others may also be liable if they had a hand in causing your injury. If that’s the case, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation payments and still pursue a construction accident lawsuit.
A third-party work injury lawsuit could allow you to recover for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, future earnings, disfigurement, your spouse’s loss of care and comfort, and punitive damages. Awards are typically in addition to what a worker receives from workers’ compensation alone.
Can You File a Personal Injury Claim Against Your Employer?
If your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, then it is difficult to file a lawsuit against them. However, if your employer doesn’t carry workers’ compensation insurance or if you are a contractor and not an employee, then you can hold them accountable for the costs of your injuries through a personal injury claim.
At the Louthian Law Firm, our Columbia work injury attorney will review your case to determine your status and your legal options. Contact us today to get started.
Don’t Let Guilt Stop You
Many workers have a strong sense of loyalty to their employer. While this is an admirable quality to have, it can work against if you are taken advantage of by your employer or offered less than you deserve from their insurance company. It’s important to take an honest look at your injury and the extent to which it has impacted your life.
If you feel like you are not being given the respect or payment that you deserve, you have a legal right to act. Some employers might go so far as to play on the sympathy of an injured worker to avoid paying that worker money that they are owed. Don’t be afraid to explore your legal options.
How a Work Injury Attorney Can Help
350% HIGHER RECOVERY WHEN WORKING WITH AN ATTORNEY
A skilled work injury attorney knows how to maximize the payment their client will receive. They not only handle the basic aspects of filing a claim, such as preparing all needed documents and corresponding with insurance companies, they also help you better understand your available options.
AN INJURED WORKER OFTEN HAS MANY OPTIONS AFTER AN ON-THE-JOB INJURY.
The worker might consider a workers’ compensation claim, a third-party liability claim or a personal injury claim, depending on their circumstances.
You’re looking for a good reason to pick the law firm that is right for you. We can give you at least 10 reasons why you should choose the Louthian Law Firm.
Choosing the right path requires considering many different factors and predicting the many potential outcomes. An attorney with experience handling work injury cases can make sure your decision is as informed as possible.
What Types of Compensation Can You Seek?
A SERIOUS INJURY AT WORK IS PAINFUL, COSTLY AND RESTRICTING.
You’ve likely suffered a great deal of physical and emotional pain. You’ve probably encountered many medical expenses. Your work capacity has also likely been impacted by the injuries you’ve suffered. By taking legal action in South Carolina, you can seek payment for all of these expenses.
At the Louthian Law Firm, our Columbia work injury lawyers have helped clients seek payment for many different types of damages, including…
- Medical bills due to hospitalization, ambulatory care, medications, rehabilitation and ongoing tests and treatment
- Loss of past and future income due to time missed at work and diminished work capacity
- Pain and suffering stemming from the injury.
While workers’ compensation benefits provide payment for only some of these expenses, other types of claims, such as personal injury or third-party liability claims, can enable an injured worker to seek damages that go well beyond medical bills and lost income due to time missed at work.
How Long Do You Have to File a Work Injury Claim?
The length of time you have to file a claim depends on which course of action you choose. For workers’ compensation claims, an employee should notify their employer within 90 days of the injury, though a worker has up to two years to file the actual claim. However, it is important that an injured worker act as quickly as possible to report their injury to their supervisor. If possible, it is best to do this in writing.
If you choose to file a personal injury claim, you have three years from the time of your injury to file a claim. Again, it is best to act quickly to maximize your chances of a successful claim.
Common Types of Work
Accidents & Injuries in South Carolina
Those hurt in South Carolina workplace accidents can suffer from the following injuries and require extensive medical care and rehabilitation to get their lives back:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a fall or blow to the head
- Back and spinal cord injury from a fall or being struck
- Amputation and limb loss from caught in-between accidents
- Eye injuries and vision loss from caustic materials and being struck
- Crush injuries and serious fractures from a fall, being struck, or being caught in-between
- Burn injuries from electricity and other sources
- Cancers such as leukemia and mesothelioma from working around benzene and asbestos.
An injury at work can happen to any of us, regardless of our job title or the industry we work in. However, some jobs are more dangerous than others. Here are a few occupations that result in serious injuries…
- Construction Workers
- Industrial Workers
- Truck Drivers
- Oil & Gas Workers
- Iron & Steel Workers
What Types of Injuries Occur on the Job?
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Amputations or loss of limbs
- Hearing loss
It’s important to talk to a work injury attorney as soon as possible after you were hurt. We’re here to fight for you. Call us at (803) 454-1200 to discuss your case.
Exposure to Dangerous Substances at Work
Workers are often exposed to dangerous toxins that can have long-term health consequences.
In many cases, the effects of exposure take months or years to manifest themselves. Dangerous chemicals can enter the body through exposure to the skin, inhalation or through cuts sustained while working.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 13 million U.S. workers are potentially exposed to chemicals that can be absorbed through the skin. Many of these chemicals can cause infections, irritation, allergic reactions and cancer.
Inhalation of asbestos has long been a concern for workers in construction and other industries where workers are exposed to materials in older buildings. While asbestos is no longer used in new structures, it was widely used for many decades in the U.S., and it is not uncommon for workers to come into contact with asbestos, a substance which has been closely linked to mesothelioma.
If you think you may have a legal claim for an asbestos injury on the job, contact us. Our attorneys help workers just like you.
The Fatal Four of Construction Accident Injuries
While construction work can be dangerous by its nature — workers must do their jobs around heavy equipment, extreme temperatures, dangerous chemicals and dizzying heights—it is no excuse for employers to flaunt state and federal laws and regulations meant to keep workers safe. The dangers inherent in construction are complicated at some South Carolina job sites by employers, subcontractors, developers, property owners, or co-workers who don’t follow safety rules or who fail to warn workers about unsafe conditions.
Construction accidents, in particular, can place workers in high-risk situations that can result in serious injuries. In South Carolina, some of the most common varieties of construction site accidents that result in injury or death include:
- Falls from ladders or scaffolds
- Falls from a roof
- Burns from fires, explosions, electrical accidents, and welding accidents
- Excavations and trenching calamities, which can cause collapsing structures and deadly cave-ins
- Machinery accidents of all types. Such accidents are not limited to heavy construction equipment such as cranes and bulldozers, but also include forklifts, tools such as drill presses, as well as boilers and compression equipment.
- Inadequate warnings of dangerous conditions and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations.
What Types of Injuries Occur on the Job?
- 38.7% / Falling accident: 384 deaths, or 38.7 percent of the total
- 9.4% / Struck by an object: 93 deaths, or 9.4 percent of the total
- 8.3% / Electrocutions: 82 deaths, or 8.3 percent of the total
- 7.3% / Caught in-between: 72 deaths, or 7.3 percent of the total.
Examples of worker deaths taken from OSHA reports include such incidents as:
- Dying after falling from a roof
- Dying after falling through a roof
- Dying after being crushed between a steel beam and an aerial lift basket
- Dying after being struck by a falling pulley
- Dying after being struck by a falling tree limb
- Dying after being engulfed in an ash hopper
- Dying after being engulfed in hot oil
Get Help from Our Work Injury Lawyers
With a work injury lawsuit, you may be able to collect financial compensation for your medical bills, missed work, injuries, disability and other serious, long-term effects of the accident.
Since 1959, the Louthian Law Firm has helped South Carolinians win compensation for their workplace related injuries and fatalities. We know our clients often come to us during a stressful time in their lives. That’s why we promise our clients personalized service outside of court and knowledgeable, aggressive representation at the negotiation table and at trial.
There is no substitute for proper legal help when making a workers compensation claim. The workers compensation lawyers at the Louthian Law Firm are here to help you recover compensation from a workplace accident due to others’ negligence. Call us today at (803) 454-1200 for a free and confidential consultation or use our online contact form.
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