According to South Carolina Bar guidelines, you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if you were hurt because of an accident at work. You may also be entitled to the same benefits if you are suffering from an occupational illness.
You do not have to determine your eligibility on your own. The case review team at our Greenville law firm might be able to help you understand your eligibility for workers’ compensation and what benefits your specific injury or illness entitles you to.
Assessing Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits
After determining your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits, we help you determine the type and amount of benefits you are entitled to. The variables that help determine your potential benefits include:
- Whether your disability is temporary or permanent
- Whether you experienced full or partial loss of an organ or body part
- The length of time your injuries prevent you from returning to work
If you are expected to miss fewer than seven days of work, you may not qualify for compensation for your lost wages. Our case assessment team can explain your qualifications for medical care, compensation for lost wages, and permanent disability benefits.
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You Must Act Quickly to Get the Benefits You Deserve
The workers’ compensation application process requires you to comply with several important deadlines. According to South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission guidelines, you must inform your employer of your injury and its cause within 90 days. You must also:
- File your claim for benefits within two years.
- Comply with a seven-day waiting period for financial benefits.
- Request a hearing, if needed, within 60 days.
In addition, if your case requires you to file Form 18, you must do so within six months of the accident that led to your injury and every six months thereafter, while your claim is open. When our team represents you in filing your workers’ compensation claim, we will work hard to ensure all appropriate forms are completed and submitted on time.
Our Team Can Help You Build a Solid Claim
Applying for workers’ compensation benefits can be daunting and stressful on your own. When our team is on your side, we will help you determine the range of medical and financial benefits you are entitled to receive. To do that, we must:
- Ensure you report your injury or illness within the allotted timeline
- Review the medical records you received from the appointed physician
- Obtain, complete, and submit all required documents
You do not have to add financial strain to the stress of physical recuperation. While you focus on recovering from your workplace injury, our client support team will focus on your financial recovery.
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Frequently Reported Work-Related Injuries
While some industries like construction might be more dangerous than others, any occupation might lead to accidents or injuries. In fact, Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics cite the following injury data:
- 27% of workplace injuries that led to days off were slip and fall accidents
- 235,740 injuries were caused by objects and equipment injuries
- 24% of work-related fatalities involved work-related vehicle collisions
- 2.5 million injured workers required emergency room treatment
CDC data goes on to cite three primary causes of workplace or work-related injuries: object and equipment-related contact, physical overexertion, and accidental falls. If your workplace injury was the result of one of these commonly reported accidents or another incident at work, our team can help you file an effective case for workers’ compensation benefits.
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Get Help from a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
If you were injured at work, our team might be able to help you seek workers’ compensation benefits. We work hard to provide our clients with warm, compassionate care—and it shows in our Google reviews.
Our team could help you determine if you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits and assist you with your application. If necessary, we can also represent you in mediation or at a hearing. When you are ready to seek compensation for your work-related injuries, contact the client intake team at Hammack Law Firm by calling (864) 326-3333.