Many South Carolina workers’ compensations cases are the result of injuries that come from accidents on construction sites. A lot of these involve falls from a height – a ladder or scaffolding, for example – causing multiple injuries, some or all of which may be serious.

It’s important for all workplace injuries to be documented and treated. Contacting a workers’ compensation attorney as soon as you can after an on-the-job accident is important for making the best workers’ compensation claim possible, hopefully, one that will provide full benefits.

A fall from a ladder or scaffolding often results in multiple serious injuries. Sometimes in falls like this, workers get hung up in the ladder, and one leg is badly injured. Other times, workers badly injure their back or neck.

Those are just the major injuries. You may also have sprains or strains or smaller broken bones. When you go for treatment from this type of accident – hopefully by ambulance – the emergency room will usually focus on the main injury.

You should not let the other injuries get overlooked. It’s very important that every injury be identified, documented and treated as you make a claim for workers’ compensation. This may prove to be difficult without a lawyer to help you through the process, since medical personnel tend to focus on the most serious injury.

If you are injured in a serious fall on the job, the recovery may be very difficult and the medical treatment may be drawn out. When an accident occurs during the course of employment, South Carolina has workers’ compensation laws in place to help injured workers cover medical expenses, lost earnings and disability benefits. But the legal process can be difficult to navigate.

That’s why it is so important to have a qualified attorney who understands the workers’ compensation system in South Carolina. A lawyer can guide you through the process, file the proper paperwork and make sure that even the minor injuries that stem from your fall, as well as the serious ones, are documented and treated and you are properly compensated at the end of your case.

About the Author

Mark Joye is the Head of the Litigation Department at the Joye Law Firm. A Board-Certified Trial Advocate with nearly 30 years of litigation experience, he currently serves on the Board of Governors for the American Association for Justice and is a past president of the South Carolina Association for Justice. In a recent trial, Joye headed a trial team that secured $17 million for a family killed in a tractor-trailer accident.

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