Nobody likes workplace injuries — not the employer, not insurance companies and certainly not the injured worker. But when a worker is injured on the job, employees and their bosses sometimes find that they disagree over what to do next. Because workplace injuries can be a politically charged subject, communication between the injured person and his or her supervisor can be strained.
A worker who is afraid of retribution may hesitate to report an injury, file a workers’ compensation claim or contact authorities to report an unhealthy situation. However, South Carolina and federal laws are generous in their protection of workers who sustain or report on-the-job injuries.
Workers Comp in South Carolina
Almost all employers in South Carolina are legally required to provide workers’ compensation to their employees. Regardless of who was at fault for the injury, workers’ compensation pays 100% of injured workers’ medical bills, as well as two-thirds of their normal wages during the time when injuries keep them out of work.
Workers who have been so severely injured on the job that they’re permanently disabled, and the dependents of workers who die on the job, are also entitled to workers’ compensation payments.
Unfortunately, not all employers — or their insurance companies — are willing to meet their legal duty to provide expensive workers’ compensation payments. Employers or insurance companies may try to deny a workers’ compensation claim by claiming that the injury is not as serious as you say; that it was not sustained on the job; or that you’re not covered at all. If this has happened to you or someone you care about, you don’t have to put up with it.
A Columbia work injury lawyer at The Louthian Law Firm is ready to step in and negotiate with an employer, an insurer or the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission to help you get the money you need to heal. And if negotiation fails, we’re prepared to fight for your rights aggressively in court.
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.
Types of South Carolina Workplace Injuries
One-time accidents aren’t the only type of on-the-job injuries. Many employees in offices, factories or other indoor workplaces find themselves with repetitive stress injuries, which can be just as devastating as accident injuries. Mental health issues directly caused by work may also qualify as injuries to be compensated under the law.
Those who work with or around dangerous chemicals — whether they know it or not — are also at risk for diseases caused by occupational exposure to toxins. Employers who are careless about using, storing or disposing of substances that threaten human health can cause serious, even life-threatening, health problems to their employees. They are also breaking federal and state laws. They can and should be taken to court to stop this illegal behavior and compensate the victims of their wrongdoing.
Contact An Experienced Columbia Work Injury Lawyer at the Louthian Law Firm
If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, contact the Louthian Law Firm as soon as possible to discuss your legal options. Our South Carolina workers comp lawyers have served injured South Carolinians since 1959, so we understand how workers’ compensation law works and know all the tricks employers and insurers use to wiggle out of paying. We can help you collect the money you’re entitled to, so you can concentrate on getting better and going back to work.
For a free consultation on your case, call us today at (803) 454-1200 or contact us online for a free evaluation of your case.