Charleston Workers' Compensation Attorneys
People suffering on-the-job injuries often find their financial future at risk. Not only is their hard-earned career in danger, but they’re left wondering how they’ll pay for their medical treatment and provide for their families.
If you face these uncertainties, it’s crucial to hire a trusted workers’ compensation attorney in Charleston, SC immediately. Navigating the legal system can be tricky, and attempting to do it alone can have disastrous, long-lasting effects. Trust Hoffman Law Firm instead.
Our workers’ compensation attorneys will help facilitate effective communication with your employer and its insurance company, always serving as your loyal advocate here in Charleston, SC.
Our dedicated team will work diligently to ensure you’re taken care of after your on-the-job accident, both physically and financially. We understand that workers’ compensation benefits can help get your future back on track – and give you and your family much-needed peace of mind.
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Understand Your Rights After a Work-Related Injury
According to our state’s Workers’ Compensation Act, injured workers are entitled to employee benefits, including compensation for:
- Medical treatment
- Lost wages
- Permanent disability
Those who have been injured on the job often worry that filing a workers’ comp claim may cause them to lose their job. But there are legal statutes in place to protect injured workers, ensuring your employer cannot fire you for pursuing workplace benefits. That’s why it’s important to know your rights, and to never let your employer bully you or intimidate you.
It’s also crucial to note that, because workers’ comp is a no-fault system, you’re eligible for compensation even if you caused your workplace accident or were partly to blame.
What To Do If You’ve Been Injured At Work
If you’ve been hurt on the job, it’s important to report your workplace injury immediately. The steps that follow are essential as well in order to secure the workplace benefits you deserve.
We’ve briefly outlined the process below, but a more detailed explanation can be found here.
- Report your injury to your employer immediately.
- Follow up to ensure your injury claim has been filed.
- Keep detailed records.
- Document the scene of your accident.
- Find out which doctors your workers’ compensation insurance covers.
- Get medical treatment for your injury or illness.
Compensation for Permanent Disabilities
While many people who are hurt on the job fully recover and are able to return to work, some suffer debilitating workplace injuries that deem them disabled. Workers’ compensation covers permanent disability benefits to ensure those who never fully recover can still provide for themselves and their families.
Calculating permanent disability benefits can be complex, varying from state to state and depending on whether the accident victim is partially or totally disabled. The workers’ comp doctor makes this determination once the patient has reached maximum medical improvement – or the point at which their healing has stalled and isn’t expected to improve further.
If you or a loved one are facing a future with permanent disabilities caused by an on-the-job accident, our team can help. Trust Hoffman Law Firm to get you the medical treatment you need and the compensation you deserve.
Fighting for Injured Workers
The workers’ compensation attorneys at Hoffman Law Firm have successfully represented injured workers just like you in Charleston, SC and across the entire state of South Carolina. We’re proud of the results we’ve achieved – and our team is ready to put our personal injury experience to work for you!
Here’s what you can expect: During your free initial consultation, we’ll begin by learning the details of your workplace injury, then move on to discussing the next steps toward securing a benefits package. Your workers’ comp attorney will stick by your side through the entire injury claim process, always available to provide the support and guidance you need.
Contact Hoffman Law Firm today to receive immediate help with your workers’ compensation claim, starting with a free initial consultation.
Charleston Workers' Compensation Frequently Asked Questions
What Workers’ Compensation benefits am I entitled to?
If you suffered an on-the-job injury, you are eligible for the following benefits under South Carolina Workers’ Compensation law:
- Medical costs: Payment for necessary treatment, medication, surgery, physical therapy, etc
- Lost wages: Income while you cannot work or as long as restricted duty is not being provided
- Long-term disability: Ongoing medical assistance or payment in the case of serious injury
Does my injury qualify for Workers’ Comp?
Because work injuries are very diverse, you must only prove that your accident occurred at work and that it caused your injury. This is often easier said than done, especially if your employer denies your claim. That’s why it’s important to have an experienced Workers’ Comp attorney on your side.
What are the most common work-related injuries?
The most common injuries result from:
- Repetitive motion
- Falls, slips or trips
- Motor vehicle/transportation accidents
- Contact with falling objects
- Explosions and fires
How long do I have to report my accident? And to file a claim?
Although you have 90 days to report your accident to your employer, it’s best to inform them immediately. Waiting could jeopardize your claim or delay your benefits. Injured workers have up to 2 years to officially file a Workers’ Compensation claim, but again, it’s best to file as soon as possible. Hoffman Law Firm will handle the entire process from start to finish, allowing you to focus on your recovery.
Can I get fired for filing a Workers’ Compensation claim?
No. The South Carolina law protects employees from any form of retaliation, including termination of employment. This means that your employer cannot fire you solely because you filed a claim for your workplace injury.
If my workplace accident was my fault, can I still file a claim?
Yes. As long as your accident occurred at work, you are eligible for benefits – regardless of fault. Exceptions include irresponsible or reckless behavior such as drug or alcohol use, horseplay, etc.
Do I have to see the company doctor? Can I get a second opinion?
South Carolina Workers’ Comp law dictates that you must see the doctor chosen by your employer. If you seek treatment from your own doctor instead, you will likely not receive compensation for your medical costs. If you would like a second opinion, you can request an alternative doctor from your insurance carrier but there is no right to a second opinion in South Carolina. Hoffman Law Firm can help ensure you receive the quality care you deserve, handling all communication with the insurance company.
How much money will I receive in lost wages?
There is a specific formula used to determine the amount of money you will receive each week. Simply put, it amounts to 2/3 of your weekly wage, averaged over the last four quarters. However, there is a maximum that may cause high earners’ wages to be adjusted.
What is the difference between partial and total disability?
In cases of severe injury, you may be eligible for partial or total disability. Please read the descriptions below to learn more about each.
Temporary partial disability: In this case, you are able to work but will earn less due to your injury. Benefits include 2/3 of the difference between your wages before and after the injury, and are paid for a maximum of 340 weeks.
Permanent partial disability: Compensation is typically based on the injury’s severity and its effect on your job performance. Each body part has a “max value” and benefits will be paid up to 340 weeks.
Temporary total disability: Benefits in this case are 2/3 of your average weekly wage, capped at a certain maximum value. Benefits are paid until you reach max medical improvement or until you are able to do your job normally.
Permanent total disability: This is the result of a very serious injury, such as the loss of both legs. In most cases, benefits are paid for up to 500 weeks, based on your average weekly wage. But there are exceptions for accident victims who sustain brain damage or are left as paraplegics or quadriplegics. In these instances, benefits last for life.
What do I do if my claim is denied?
Your employer may deny that your accident occurred at work or question the severity of your injury. While a denied claim is frustrating, it does not mean that the case is closed. Filing an appeal is the next step, but considering the intricacies of South Carolina Workers’ Comp laws, it’s best to have an experienced attorney handle the appeals process.
Can I handle my Workers’ Comp claim myself?
While you can file a claim yourself, it is not advised. Even seemingly straightforward cases can quickly become complicated, and if you don’t have a thorough understanding of the Workers’ Comp laws in question, your benefits – and your family’s future – are at risk. If you’ve been hurt at work, it’s best to contact Hoffman Law Firm immediately. Our team has extensive experience handling cases like yours, and getting injured workers the benefits they deserve..