A workplace injury will leave you with many concerns about your financial security. Your employer may not want to pay the costs of your treatment and lost wages after you’ve been hurt while working. At the Mann Law Firm, we are on your side and fight to get you the compensation and treatment you deserve for your injuries.
People are injured on the job every day and suffer injuries ranging from minor sprains to permanent health threats. When you’ve been injured on the job, you are entitled to benefits to cover for your losses. The legal staff at the Mann Law Firm advocate for you to get the compensation you’re entitled to. The benefits you should be able to recover from workers’ compensation include:
South Carolina has some requirements in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Whether you’re a full-time or part-time employee, you are entitled to receive benefits if you have been injured. However, you must be a paid employee of the company to be eligible. The state often uses a direct control test to determine whether you’re an employee. Another important requirement is that the incident that led to injury needs to be reported within 90 days.
After an accident, there are some necessary steps you need to take to ensure that you don’t waive your rights to treatment and compensation. An experienced employment law attorney can guide you through every step of the process so that all you need to worry about is getting better.
You should immediately inform your supervisor and fill out your company’s accident report form to put the incident on record. You also need to seek the appropriate medical treatment for your injury. Your employer or its insurance company can decide which doctor you need to see for your treatment.
Once your condition has been stabilized, you need to contact an employment law attorney who can guide you through the rest of the process. There are important and time-sensitive forms that need to be filed to safeguard your workers’ compensation claim. These forms are especially important if your employer does not file a claim or denies your injury.
There are an infinite number of possible injuries covered by workers’ compensation. This includes things that happen due to accidents or occupational diseases acquired on the job. The severity of injury is usually not an issue for eligibility, except for minor injuries (papercuts or small bruises). However, non-surgical scarring that can be seen from more than eight feet away does entitle you to recover benefits. The determination often comes down to how much the injury impairs your ability to do your work or affects your capacity to earn money.
When you’ve been harmed by unsafe working conditions, we will tenaciously advocate for you to be fully compensated for your injuries. Contact the Mann Law Firm by phone at 864-326-0535, by email at [email protected] or contact us online to speak with an employment law attorney.