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Our network of attorneys offer 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.

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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.

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 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

Workers’ compensation
frequently asked questions

What Should I Do After Suffering an Injury?

After suffering a workplace injury, you need to make sure that you do two things right away: get yourself medical attention and report your injury to your employer. Certainly, nothing is more important than your health. Emergency medical treatment always comes first. After things have settled down, you need to make sure that you report your injury to your supervisor. Under most state laws, you have an obligation to report your work injury to your employer within 90 days. If you fail to do so, you may lose out on your ability to seek benefits. There are cases where supervisors will try to talk injured workers out of reporting their injuries. This is illegal. If your employer is attempting to intimidate you into not reporting your claim, call a lawyer immediately.

What Qualifies as a Work Injury?

Work injuries come in numerous different forms. The definition of an ‘injury’ for the purposes of 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.

What Benefits Am I Entitled to Receive?

In most states, there are several different types of workers’ compensation benefits. Specifically, injured workers may be entitled to benefits for:

  • Medical Expenses: workers’ compensation will cover the full cost of your necessary medical treatment. This is a very important benefit for injured workers. Of course, in many cases, recovering entitled medical benefits is not so easy. While 100 percent of necessary medical treatment is legally covered, disputes frequently arise. Disputes occur for two main reasons: disagreement over what is ‘necessary’ and disagreement over whether the injury is work-related. We all know medical costs can be incredibly expensive. Injured workers deserve to have all of these costs covered, and an attorney can help you make that happen.
  • Lost wages: Many injured workers are forced to miss time on the job as a result of their condition. Most states provide income replacement benefits for workers in this unfortunate situation. Under South Carolina law, injured workers are entitled to two thirds of their average weekly wage for the last four quarters.
  • Long-term Disability: In cases involving very serious injuries or death, permanent disability benefits may be available. In total disability or death cases, benefits can last for up to 500 weeks. These cases are extremely complex; as such, if your loved one suffered a total disability or was killed in a workplace accident, you need to speak to an attorney as soon as possible.

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