South Carolina law makes it illegal for an employer to terminate an injured worker in retaliation for seeking workers’ compensation benefits or to prevent them from filing a claim. However, you can be fired for disciplinary reasons related to events that occurred before filing for workers’ comp benefits or because your employer is reducing its workforce.

If your company fires you because you are physically unable to perform your job due to your workplace injury or illness, they must still send you weekly workers’ compensation checks until a doctor says you have reached maximum medical improvement, meaning further treatment will not improve the condition.