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

Ken Harrell joined Joye Law Firm in 1994, and has been the managing partner since 2006. With 30 years of experience, he protects the rights of injured South Carolinians, including cases involving workers’ compensation, car accidents, and defective products. Ken also leads the firm’s referral practice, helping to ensure that our clients receive the best possible representation. He is a past president of South Carolina Injured Workers’ Advocates, and has served as the co-chairman of this organization’s legislative affairs committee for 12 years.

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