Work injuries come in numerous different forms. The definition of an ‘injury’ for the purposes of South Carolina’s workers’ compensation law is quite broad. In fact, you could potentially receive workers’ compensation benefits for:
- Physical injuries;
- Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs);
- Occupational diseases; and
- Mental health injuries.
Beyond establishing that you have a qualifying injury, you must also establish that the injury actually happened at work. This is not always as easy or clear cut as it might seem. South Carolina uses the ‘course and scope’ of employment standard to assess this issue. An injury does not actually need to occur on your employer’s job site to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Instead, it must simply have occurred within the ‘course and scope’ of your job. South Carolina defines course and scope as a worker activity which is done in furtherance of the interests of their employer.