Have you suffered a serious injury on the job and need a workers’ compensation attorney? 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 receive disability benefits even if the employer didn’t do anything wrong to cause the workplace accident.
However, workers’ compensation laws in South Carolina are detailed and complex. The system can be hard to navigate and defense attorneys will do everything they can to reduce what their insurance providers have to pay. The right lawyer can make the process easier. Our attorneys know how to prove your injury occurred as a result of working, can help you receive the medical care you need, will file the proper paperwork, and win you the maximum benefits available to help you move on with your life.
If you were injured at work, or if a family member was killed, you are entitled to a free case review with a work compensation attorney at Joye Law Firm. Call now. Our South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers have fought for injured workers since 1968. We can fight for you, too.
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Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina
There were over 2.8 million workplace injuries and illnesses reported in 2022, up 7.5% from 2021. Of those 2.8 Million, 2.3 Million were injuries and nearly 470,000 were occupational illnesses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Tragically 5,190 American workers were killed on the job.
Here at home, South Carolina workers and temporary 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 – 85,000 cases, 1, 982 deaths.
|Workplace violence – 85,410 cases, 761 deaths.
|Contact with objects – 705 deaths.
|Falls, slips, and trips – 450,540 cases, 850 deaths.
|Fires and explosions – 3,190 cases,76 deaths.
|Exposure to harmful substances or environments – 634,080 cases, 798 deaths.
Learn more about available benefits for injured workers in South Carolina.