Who is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in South Carolina?
Almost every employee and employer in South Carolina is entitled to compensation due to a workplace injury through the state’s Workers’ Compensation Act. Exceptions include railroad and railway express companies and employees, certain casual employees, federal employees in South Carolina, businesses with fewer than four employees, agricultural employees, certain real estate salespersons and, by election, corporate officers.
But wait – my husband was killed at work, not me. Am I entitled to workers’ compensation?
In general, yes. Dependents of employees who die as a result of their workplace injuries may be qualified to receive workers’ compensation payments.
How long do I have to report my on-the-job injury to my employer?
First, you should report your workplace injury to your employer as soon as possible. Then, it is a good idea to check with an attorney about how quickly you should apply for benefits. Failure to file a timely report could compromise your ability to be fully reimbursed for medical expenses and endanger other compensation you may be entitled to.
How much money can I receive from my employer for my workplace injury?
South Carolina employers are required to reimburse injured workers for 100 percent of their medical bills and two-thirds of the amount of their normal wages while they are out of work. The maximum award for total disability or death in South Carolina is limited to 500 weeks of compensation.
What if my employer says they don’t have the money to pay my claim?
All employers who are subject to the Workers’ Compensation Act are required, by law, to maintain enough insurance to pay workers’ compensation or demonstrate proof to the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commission that they otherwise have the means to pay an injured employee. Don’t let your employer tell you otherwise. Contact a workplace injury attorney so that you can get what you rightfully deserve.
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