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In South Carolina, an individual may file a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission pursuant to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act if they have an on-the-job injury. This law was passed as a compromise between employers and employees on how to compensate injured workers on-the-job injuries.

Am I covered?

The rule of thumb is that any employer who regularly employs four or more workers full-time or part-time is required to have workers’ compensation insurance. There are some exceptions, including agricultural employees, railroads, and railway express companies and their employees, and employers who had a total annual payroll during the previous year of less than $3,000, regardless of the number of workers employed during that period. Also exempt are Textile Hall Corporation and certain commission paid real estate agents.

What type of injuries are covered?

If you sustain an on-the-job injury to any part of your body resulting from an accident caused by you or anyone else, you should be covered. In addition, those who injure their back because of specific traumatic event are also covered. Finally, those who have injuries that occur over time as a result of a repetitive motion, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, or some other occupational disease should be covered.

What can I recover?

An injured worker can recover lost wages, medical expenses, and vocational rehabilitation. The lost wages generally consists of two-thirds of the injured worker’s weekly wages. All reasonable and customary medical expenses that affect a cure, provide relief or assist in reducing the injured worker's disability period should be recoverable. Finally, vocational rehabilitation should be provided for a worker that cannot return to his or her previous position so that he or she learn a new skill set in order to return to the work force.

Why retain an attorney?

The following is a sample of actions that an attorney can take on your behalf:

Each worker’s injury is unique, case specific and, in many instances, is complex. Therefore, the above information cannot act as a substitute to consulting with an attorney. Do not wait until you feel the insurance company or your employer is not treating you right as you may have already significantly compromised your case.

For more information in South Carolina: South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commissions