South Carolina, like most states, offers financial protection for workers who are injured or killed on the job. The system is called workers’ compensation. Under it, an injured worker can recover medical expenses, lost earnings and disability benefits even if the employer didn’t do anything wrong to cause the workplace accident.
But workers’ compensation laws in South Carolina are detailed and complex. They can be hard to navigate. The right lawyer, who knows how to prove your injury, file the proper paperwork, and win maximum benefits can make it easier.
If you were injured at work, or if a family member was killed, you are entitled to a free case review from Joye Law Firm. Call Joye Law Firm. Our South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers have fought for injured workers for more than 40 years. We can fight for you, too.
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Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina
There were nearly 2.9 million workplace injuries and nearly 200,000 occupational injuries reported in a single recent year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 4,600 American workers were killed.
Here at home, South Carolina workers are killed and injured on the job every day. Workplace injuries can range from relatively minor sprains and strains to life-threatening health problems.
Common causes of workplace injuries include:
- Overexertion (from excessive lifting, pushing, pulling, holding or throwing)
- Falling off ladders and scaffolding
- Being struck by falling objects
- Slipping on dangerous surfaces
- Repetitive trauma (due to repeated stress or strain)
- Motor vehicle accidents
If the accident occurred on the job and during the course and scope of employment, it will likely be covered by South Carolina workers’ compensation laws.
Workers’ compensation will pay for:
- Necessary medical care
- Wages lost while you are unable to work
- Permanent disability
- Disfigurement, physical impairment and loss of limbs
- Reimbursement for certain mileage costs to see your doctor or pick up prescriptions
- Death benefits
Some of the leading causes of workplace accidents include:
|Transportation accidents – 1,740 deaths.||Workplace violence – 753 deaths.|
|Contact with objects – 717 deaths.||Falls, slips and trips – 699 deaths.|
|Fires and explosions – 148 deaths.|