A work related injury can cause missed worked, medical bills, and pain and suffering. No matter what your line of work, safety should be your first concern. But when safety measures fail, your rights as an employee must be protected.
South Carolina law requires any company with more than four employees to carry worker’s compensation insurance. If you get hurt, you must report your injury within 90 days. Then, you have two years to file a worker’s compensation claim.
Worker’s Compensation is a no-fault system. This means it doesn’t matter if you or your employer was at fault for the injury. If your employer doesn’t file the claim, you can do it yourself by completing the appropriate documentation. Furthermore, if your employer denies your injury benefit, you have the right to file a claim.
Once you’ve been awarded worker’s compensation, there’s a seven day waiting period before benefits take effect. And, before you can return to work, you will need a doctor’s permission to do so.
If you feel your doctor’s decision to return to work, or to continue to miss work, is in error, you have the right to request a hearing. Then, it takes sixty days for the hearing to take place.
In the meantime, if you’re released to light duty you need to take the position offered or you may risk losing all benefits. If you have a non-surgical scar or impairment that can be seen from more than four feet away you can request an informal committee review.
Education has been shown to be the best solution to decreasing injuries on the job. It’s every employees responsibility to foster safe working conditions and implement safer work practices.
If you suffered an accident due to unsafe working conditions, consults with our skilled workers’ compensation law firm in North Charleston today. You may be eligible for more compensation that an insurance company offers.
Some occupations are more dangerous than others. For example, being a firefighter or a police officer.
At the same time, there are certain workplace injuries that are common regardless of your occupation. Safety should always be your primary concern. Whether you walk a beat, work the line, or crunch numbers at a desk, take the time to think about how you can improve safety conditions at your workplace. Stay alert to danger, and stay safe and healthy on the job.
Most workplace injuries are preventable, but that doesn’t stop them from happening as often as they do. Workers get tired, distracted, overly confident, rushed, and more. Mix this with heavy workloads, competing priorities, and unsafe working conditions, and accidents are going happen.
The following is a list of the most common accidents to occur in the workplace:
Injuries on the job happen. Do your best to minimize accidents and injuries by staying educated about workplace safety, by remaining vigilant about maintaining a safe workplace, and by staying alert and minimizing your distractions. If you have been injured on the job, an experienced North Charleston workers’ compensation attorney can help guide you through the difficult time and help exact the compensation that you deserve.
All too often, workers who are certain they deserve benefits from workers’ compensation are shocked to learn that their claim has been denied. If this happend to you, don’t lose hope. It’s still possible to successfully appeal a denial. Frank Hartman has experience handling worker’s compensation claims. He can help you with the appeal process. For example, Frank can:
The appeals process is complex and involves proving your case at a hearing. If you want to get a succesful result, it’s important to have qualified legal representation at hearings and throughout the appeal process.
Just because you claim is approved does not necessarily mean you will always receive the full amount of benefits that you deserve for your injuries and losses. This is especially the case with claims that involve longer-lasting benefits.
Instead of paying regular benefits over an extended period of time, a workers’ compensation insurer will likely offer you a lump sum payment settlement. You should always have a knowledgeable and experienced work injury attorney review any settlement offers before you accept them.
Settlement offers may seem like a lot of money, because it may constitute years of estimated benefits. Many people may see a larger amount of money and are inclined to accept the offer. However, these offers are usually lower than the fair compensation you deserve. In fact, they may not be adequate to cover all of your future medical costs and lost income.
Unfortunately, once you accept a settlement, your claim is closed and you won’t have the ability to request more funds. This is true even if your settlement isn’t sufficient to cover your costs.
If you were hurt in a work-related accident and your worker’s compensation claim has been denied, you need an attorney to represent your right to fair compensation. As your attorney, Frank Hartman will tell you your rights, and what to expect from the worker’s compensation claim process. He will also discuss your strategy for getting the settlement you deserve.
Contact your Charleston worker’s compensation lawyer at The Hartman Law Firm, LLC by phone, at (843) 300-7600, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, you can simply click the button below for a free strategy session.
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