If you have been seriously injured on the job in Columbia or anywhere in the Midlands, you may have questions and concerns about your future. You may feel anger, frustration and financial stress if you cannot work because of your injuries.
If your employer is disputing your right to workers’ compensation or you believe that you are not receiving all the benefits that you deserve, take advantage of a free consultation with a knowledgeable Columbia workers’ compensation lawyer.
Our Columbia workers’ compensation lawyers at Joye Law Firm will treat you with respect and compassion and offer trusted guidance based on having successfully resolved numerous workers’ comp cases.
At Joye Law Firm, our workers’ compensation attorneys are ready to stand up for injured workers. We have decades of experience and the resources to help you put your life back together after a serious work-related accident. Our Columbia, SC workers’ compensation attorneys handle a wide range of workplace injury claims including car accidents, heavy equipment accidents, and construction accidents. Review the workers’ compensation settlements and awards we have achieved for injured workers. While every workers’ comp case stands on its own, be assured that we will work hard to secure a successful resolution of your claim. When you call us, you can expect friendly, personalized service and guidance from respected South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers. Let us discuss your legal options free of charge.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits Lawyer in Columbia
South Carolina law requires that you report your work-related injury to your employer within 90 days of the accident. But you have up to two years to file a workers’ compensation claim. It is important to report your injury to your employer as promptly as possible and to seek medical care.
Workers’ compensation generally provides injured workers three types of benefits:
- Medical Treatment
- Payments For Lost Wages
Worker’s compensation covers visits to the doctor, surgery, hospitalization, rehabilitation prosthetic devices, and prescription medications. You must go to the doctor selected by your employer or the workers’ compensation insurance administrator to receive the benefits.
You also are entitled to payments for a portion of your lost wages for the period of time you are out of work. South Carolina law provides that injured workers are entitled to payments equal to two-thirds of their average weekly wage.
One of our Columbia workers’ compensation attorneys will review the facts of your accident and your employment status and discuss whether you may qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. The value of a workers’ compensation claim depends on the specific facts of the accident, the extent of your injuries, whether you are permanently disabled and your compensation rate.
Permanent disability payments may be available in cases involving very serious injuries or the death of a loved one. If a loved one sustained a permanent disability or died in a workplace accident, you should contact a knowledgeable attorney as soon as possible.
We want to help you receive all the benefits that you are rightfully due. The process starts with an assessment of your claim during a free consultation. Our workers’ compensation attorneys at Joye Law Firm care about the injured workers who come to us for help. If your injuries prevent you from meeting with us at our Columbia office, our attorney can arrange to meet with you at your home, hospital or another location convenient to you.
How Our Columbia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Help
The attorneys at Joye Law Firm can help you pursue a claim with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission if your employer has denied your workplace injury or you believe that you did not receive all of your benefits.
Our workplace accident attorneys have fought for injured workers for 40 years. We will apply our years of experience to pursue justice for you and your family. We will answer your questions and offer a clear explanation of your legal options. You may have good prospects for obtaining workers’ comp benefits, even though your employer has denied your claim or discontinued your benefits. Our attorneys will be honest with you about whether we believe that you have a viable workers’ compensation claim.
The rules related to appealing a disputed workers’ compensation claim can be complicated and confusing if you are unfamiliar with the South Carolina workers’ compensation system. You must show that you have a qualifying injury and that the injury occurred in the course of doing your job. An experienced Columbia workers’ compensation lawyer at Joye Law Firm can guide you through the process of pursuing a workers’ comp claim and appealing a denial.
We can represent you at an informal conference with a representative of your employer’s insurance company and a claims mediator to discuss the settlement of your claim. While you are not required to have legal representation at an informal hearing, the fact is that you may be at a disadvantage if you do not have a knowledgeable Columbia workplace injury attorney advocating on your behalf. Having an attorney who knows workers’ compensation law shows that you are serious about being treated fairly. For workplace accidents in Columbia, the informal conferences are typically held in Richlands County.
If a settlement cannot be reached, we can represent you at a formal hearing before a Workers’ Compensation Commissioner to resolve your dispute and can represent you at an appeal.
Can I File a Personal Injury Lawsuit After a Columbia Workplace Accident?
Injured workers typically cannot file a lawsuit against their own employer or a co-worker regarding a workplace accident in South Carolina. But an injured worker may have a claim against another at-fault party such as another subcontractor on the same construction site or a careless motorist who injured them. In some serious workplace accidents, more than one business or individual may be liable for causing the accident. We also work to determine if a party other than your employer is liable for the workplace accident.
For example, if you are driving as part of your job and another driver caused a crash and you were seriously injured, you may be entitled to seek compensation from the at-fault driver for your injuries, and also receive workers’ compensation. Truck accidents are a leading cause of workplace injuries. If you were a construction worker employed by a subcontractor on a work site, and a general contractor created hazardous conditions that caused your injury, you may have a claim against the general contractor, in addition to collecting workers’ compensation benefits from your employer.
Our Columbia attorneys will identify the insurance policies available to pay your claim and the coverage limits. We will notify the insurance companies and handle all dealings with the insurance company, so you can focus on your recovery.
We will collect your medical bills and estimate the financial impact of your injuries on your ability to work and help support your household. If your injuries are disabling and will require living assistance or ongoing medical care, we will develop a projection of those future expenses.
Our injury attorneys at Joye Law are experienced trial lawyers and have conducted trials in Richland County courts. Insurance companies are aware of our reputation as litigators and usually prefer to settle a case rather than go to trial.
Call Our Columbia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
The quickest way to learn whether you have a valid workers’ compensation claim after a workplace injury is to schedule a free consultation with a Columbia injury lawyer at Joye Law Firm.
We are committed to handling workers’ compensation claims in Columbia, SC on a contingency fee basis. You will only owe a legal fee if we obtain compensation for you through a negotiated settlement or jury award. Otherwise, you owe us nothing.
The positive change that you are seeking in your life starts with a simple phone call. The legal team at Joye Law Firm is available to talk with you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.