The workers’ compensation system in South Carolina is similar to many others around the country. The goal of workers’ compensation is two fold: to help the injured worker get the healthcare and compensation they deserve quickly; and allow the employer to avoid lengthy and expensive lawsuits. Unlike other accidents, the on-the-job worker does not have to prove that anyone negligently caused their injuries. The worker must only show that he or she was injured while they were performing their job.
If you have been injured on the job, it is important than you act quickly to protect your rights. On-the-job accidents must be reported as soon as possible.
The Waggoner Law Firm is uniquely able to represent you through the workers’ compensation system. Our extensive experience in medical malpractice and other personal injury claims means that you know your attorney understands your injuries and how much you should be compensated. As experienced trial attorneys, we are prepared to fight for your claim with the workers’ compensation commission.
With the Waggoner Law Firm by your side, you will have a partner capable of getting you the compensation you deserve. Call the Waggoner Law Firm today at (843) 972-0426, to discuss your claim.
Frequently Asked Questions
I have been injured on the job. What should I do?
If you have been injured on the job, inform your employer as soon as possible and seek out medical treatment, if necessary. Your health should be your number one priority. Most claims can be denied if you do not report your injury to your employer within 90 days.
The insurance company has denied my claim. What rights do I have?
The insurance companies do not make money by paying out claims. If you find yourself with a denied workers’ compensation claim, please call our office and one of our attorneys will be happy to meet with you to discuss your options.
Will I be paid while I am recovering from my injuries?
Workers who are injured on the job are entitled to receive two thirds of their regular weekly wages while they recover from their injuries.
What is an impairment rating?
The goal of medical treatment in the workers’ compensation system is to get the employee back to work as soon as possible. However, when you have been injured significantly on the job, you may not be the same person when you return to the job. Often, once you receive “maximum medical improvement” your physician will determine how your injury has impaired your body. It is from this impairment rating that your eventual workers’ compensation settlement or award from the commission will be based.
What is a “clincher?”
A “clincher” is a final settlement between the employer and the employee to resolve a workers’ compensation claim. Once signed, a clincher releases the employer from any future liability for your injuries. It is very important that you are fully aware of your rights before entering into a clincher agreement. Our attorneys are ready to fight for you to receive the best settlement possible.
Can I get a second opinion if I am unhappy with my medical treatment?
The insurance companies determine which doctors injured workers are allowed to see because they are paying for all necessary medical treatment. However, if you are unhappy with your medical treatment, our attorneys may be able to help get the evaluation and care you deserve.