Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions About Workers’ Compensation

Have you been injured on the job? You may be experiencing more than just physical pain. You may be worried about a number of issues related to workers’ compensation. Here, we’d like to address some of the most common questions we hear from concerned clients. 1. What Should I Do If I’m Injured on the Job? If you get hurt on the job, it is important you take the following steps as soon as possible: Tell Your Supervisor. Oftentimes, injured workers wait to see if the injury will heal on its own before reporting it. Then, when it becomes apparent that the injury will cause them to miss work or need significant treatment, they report the injury. Understandably, for employers and workers’ compensation insurance companies, it raises red flags when an employee doesn’t report an injury until days, weeks or even months after it occurs. For this reason (among others), it is extremely important that you inform your supervisor as soon as you have sustained a work-related injury, so that the incident can be documented properly. For example, if you don’t report an injury within 90 days of when it occurs, you may be forever barred from making a claim at all. Ask To Seek Medical Attention. In cases of true emergency, the first thing you should do when injured at work is get the appropriate medical attention. If the injury does not appear to be an immediate emergency, when reporting the injury to your supervisor, make sure you clearly and politely request that your injury be evaluated by a physician. Fill Out An Injury Report. It is important...
Scaffolding Can Cause Serious Injuries

Scaffolding Can Cause Serious Injuries

Scaffolding is necessary for many people to perform their jobs, especially in the construction industry. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimates that 65 percent1 of all construction workers in the United States use scaffolding on a daily basis. Because of the risks of injury that come with working at such heights on a temporary structure, OSHA has many regulations and guidelines about the safety of scaffolding. Unfortunately, many construction companies may not realize their scaffolding is not up to code or may knowingly go against these safety regulations and injuries can result. Scaffolding falls and other injuries can happen in many ways, including due to the following: Poor installation and securing or scaffolding Defective parts of the scaffolding structure Failure to inspect or maintain the scaffolding Not properly training workers about scaffolding safety Workers who do not use scaffolding safely Falling objects from higher levels of scaffolding Scaffolding collapses Falls from the scaffolding due to obstacles or dangerous conditions on the planks Injuries in scaffolding accidents can be devastating. No matter how your scaffolding-related injury occurred, you deserve to receive workers’ compensation benefits2 for your medical care and any wages you lose from missing work while you recover from your injuries. This is true whether the accident happened because of wrongdoing on the part of your employer or was simply an accident. Call a South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney for a free consultation   Whether you are a construction worker or working in another industry, you deserve to receive the full benefits to which you are entitled under workers’ compensation laws if you are injured...
Work Accidents On Construction Sites Can Result In Debilitating Injuries

Work Accidents On Construction Sites Can Result In Debilitating Injuries

Construction jobs can pay extremely well, but also expose workers to risks on a daily basis. In fact, the construction industry is consistently ranked as one of the most dangerous in the United States each year. Thankfully for the hard-working men and women who make a living in construction, South Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Program provides people who are injured in workplace accidents with compensation for their medical expenses and lost income, as well as other kinds of losses. Because workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system, injured workers can obtain benefits without having to prove that their injuries were the result of their employer’s carelessness or negligence.  The process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be complicated, however, so it is recommended that anyone hurt in a workplace accident talk to a South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney immediately. Serious injuries can result in significant benefits Construction work often involves the use of power tools, heavy machinery, cutting implements, heavy materials, and other implements that have the potential to result in serious injury. Some of the more serious injuries that are often sustained in Charleston, South Carolina construction accidents are detailed below. Traumatic Brain Injuries – TBIs1 are an extremely serious kind of injury that can occur when a person hits his or head against another object. At a construction site, this could occur in any number of ways, including falling from high up, vehicle accidents, tool accidents, or slipping and falling over. Traumatic brain injuries can leave patients with financial difficulties that they are not aware of. Financial planning for these situations can help minimize stress for these situations. Spinal...
Workplace Injuries Can Occur in Office Buildings

Workplace Injuries Can Occur in Office Buildings

Work place injuries do not just happen on construction sites or in manufacturing plants involving vehicles, heavy machinery, or similar equipment. However, you may be surprised that office workers have valid claims for workers compensation benefits on a regular basis. Common injuries sustained by office workers Employees who work in office buildings can sustain many injuries while they are on the job. Some of the most common are as follows: Repetitive stress injuries – Office workers often complete the same tasks over and over, which can lead to repetitive stress injuries. For example, many employees who type on a keyboard every day may develop carpal tunnel syndrome,1 which can be painful and may require physical therapy or even surgery to repair. Falls – Office workers are also at risk of slips, trips, and falls2 on the premises of the office. Spills or slippery floors in break rooms, dangerous stairwells, and more can lead to broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, and similar serious injuries. Assaults – Offices should have adequate security to protect its employees inside the building or in parking lots or garages. If there is inadequate security, an employee may be the victim of an assault while on the job and may sustain related injuries. An experienced Charleston workers’ compensation attorney can help you You are entitled to benefits under South Carolina workers’ compensation laws whether you work on a hazardous job site or in a seemingly safe office building. Though there is generally less of a risk of on the job injuries for office workers, this type of employee can still require workers’ compensation benefits in certain...
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