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AIKEN, SC WORKERS' COMP LAWYER
Many South Carolina residents have a set routine during the workweek: they get up, go to work, and then come home to take care of their families. Becoming injured or ill while on the job is rarely something anyone plans for or expects to happen. Yet workplace injuries and illnesses can and do happen with regularity. When they do, the injured or ill worker can be left wondering:
“How will I pay my doctor’s bills and get the treatment I need?”
“How will I pay my living expenses and bills if I am unable to work?”
“What will I do if I cannot return to my previous job?”
“What if I am permanently disabled and cannot return to work at all?”
South Carolina has adopted workers’ compensation laws designed to provide a safety net for workers who become injured or ill while on the job. But this does not mean all workers who are eligible to receive these benefits have an easy time doing so. Employers and their insurers can attempt to deny the compensation claims of workers. In these cases, the assistance of Surasky Law can help you seek the workers’ compensation benefits that you deserve.
How Workers’ Compensation Claims Work
When you suffer a work-related injury or illness, the law requires that you report this injury or illness in a timely manner to your employer (if you fail to do so within the time provided by law, you may lose your right to recover any workers’ compensation benefits at all). If your employer and its workers’ compensation insurer are satisfied that your injury or illness is work-related, your claim will be approved and you will begin receiving compensation in a matter of weeks. The precise amount of compensation you will receive will depend on the extent of your injuries, the body part or parts affected, and your wage history.
If your employer believes your injury or illness is not work-related – i.e., that you were not acting within the scope of your employment at the time you sustained the injury or became ill – or if your employer believes your injuries or illness is not as severe as you claim, your claim may be denied. Your employer or the insurer may require you to submit to further physical evaluations to determine the extent of your losses. Your employer or the insurer may request an administrative hearing to determine whether your employer must pay workers’ compensation benefits to you.
How an Aiken Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help
If you are injured or become ill on the job, you cannot sue your employer for additional compensation: workers’ compensation benefits are the only type of compensation you can receive from your employer. It is important, therefore, to present your situation effectively and persuasively for the greatest chance of having your workers’ compensation claim approved.
Surasky Law is knowledgeable of South Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws and is able to help you seek benefits quickly following a workplace injury or illness. Contact our team of Aiken workers’ compensation lawyers today at (803) 593-3912 to learn how our experience can help you seek the compensation you need.