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Five Tips When Seeking Workers’ Compensation

October 6, 2017


On-the-job accidents and injuries have the potential to jeopardize both your health and financial security. When injuries or an occupational illness requires medical treatment and prevents you from working or performing certain tasks on your job, workers’ compensation benefits can help offset the costs you and your family incur. It is important to report any injuries or illness to your job supervisor immediately in order to file a claim. These workers compensation tips can help you as you work to get your claim approved.


South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Benefits


Benefits for injured workers in our area are administered through the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission (WCC). In addition to submitting the appropriate information and meeting WCC guidelines, follow these tips to help ensure you get the benefits you deserve:


Seek treatment immediately and follow all of your doctor’s instructions. Even if a work-related injury seems minor, get medical attention right away. Failing to do so could jeopardize your claim. Check with your employer regarding approved medical providers, and submit to any diagnostic testing required. Complete all recommended treatments, and adhere to any work and activity restriction.


Follow up with your employer on your workers’ compensation claim. Once you report your injury to a supervisor, make sure your employer is aware of the situation. In writing, list the date, time, and location at which your injury occurred, and provide information on any witnesses at the scene. Outline where and when you got medical care, and note the course of treatment your doctor recommended. Send this via certified mail, request a receipt, and keep a copy of the letter in your own files.


Keep a low profile, and do not discuss your injuries or your activities with anyone. As you recover from your injuries or illness, refrain from discussing the details of your condition, your workers’ compensation claim, or any other circumstances in your life with supervisors or coworkers. According to Leader’s Choice, a leading employer insurance provider, interviewing coworkers and colleagues on the job site for information about your case is one of the tactics employers use in collecting evidence to dispute your claim.


Avoid posting on social media. Evidence obtained through social media posts is increasingly being used as evidence in injury claims. Play it safe and disable these accounts temporarily to avoid being tagged in potentially compromising pictures and posts.


Get legal representation. On-the-job injuries and illnesses have the potential to impact your ability to work in the future and can result in chronic health conditions. With so much on the line, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side to help. 


To request a free consultation with our South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney, contact the Surasky Law Firm, LLC. We provide personalized service and professional legal representation you can count on to clients in Aiken and the surrounding areas. Call or contact us online to discuss your case today.


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