Columbia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers

You work hard. The last thing you can afford is expensive medical bills or lost income after being hurt at work. We understand how hard work injuries can be, and we are here to help. Fortunately, South Carolina workers’ compensation benefits help protect workers who have been injured on the job. Our award-winning workers’ compensation attorneys in Columbia will guide you through the legal aspects of the case so you can focus on healing. 

What Does South Carolina Workers’ Comp Cover?

Workers’ compensation benefits fall into three general categories. These include medical expenses, payment of temporary total benefits while you are out of work, and compensation for your long-term disability. Too often people wrongly assume that their employer and its insurance company will make sure they get the compensation they deserve. Companies and their insurers may try to rush you back to work or deny you access to necessary additional medical care.

Cavanaugh & Thickens will work with you to protect your rights and help you get the benefits you deserve, including:

Medical Benefits

Workers’ compensation benefits cover the medical expenses needed to treat a work-related injury or illness, such as doctors’ appointments, physical therapy sessions, and prescriptions. However, in most cases, you will be required to go to a doctor that your employer or the insurance company selects to receive this benefit. Our team of workers’ compensation attorneys in Columbia can help you navigate the process to achieve the best outcome possible.

Lost Wages

This is the income you would have earned had you been working during your recovery. You’re eligible to receive temporary workers’ compensation payments for your lost wages if you’re unable to return to work for at least a week due to a work-related injury or illness. These benefits are generally calculated as two-thirds of the average weekly wage you earned before your injury.

Permanent Disability

Permanent disability includes benefits for permanent and total disability (PTD), partial disability resulting from future wage loss, as well as permanent partial disability (PPD), which compensates for injuries based on the loss of use of certain “scheduled members,” or specific body parts. A permanent impairment due to work-related injury or illness will generally qualify you for PPD benefits; yet, very serious injuries such as the loss of both hands, both feet, or vision in both eyes can qualify you for PTD benefits.

During this difficult time, the last thing you should worry about is legal proceedings. Let us take the weight off of you. Our Columbia workers’ compensation lawyers will fight to get a fair and timely outcome for your case and ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to under the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act.

Can I Get Fired For Filing a Workers’ Comp Claim?

South Carolina is an at-will employment state. Your employer can fire you for any reason or no reason at all with or without notice if the reason does not violate any established law. In SC, it’s illegal for an employer to fire an employee simply for filing a workers’ compensation claim seeking benefits for a work-related injury/illness or for being unable to work due to an injury or illness.

If your employer tries to fire you after you file a workers’ compensation claim and provides a different reason for your termination such as tardiness or poor performance, we recommend calling an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in your city ASAP. Any retaliation or wrongful termination during your workers’ compensation claim may be actionable under SC law. Our award-winning attorneys can help you. Give us a call at (803) 888-2200 or schedule your free consultation with an SC workers’ compensation attorney today and we will walk you through your options

Common Workplace Injuries

Common workplace injuries include:

  • Slips, trips, and falls
  • Muscle strains and repetitive strains
  • Vehicular collisions
  • Lacerations
  • Inhaling/exposure to toxic fumes
  • Fire and explosions
  • Accidents involving machinery

How Long Do I Have to Report a Workplace Injury?

After an on-the-job injury, you should report the accident and your injuries to your employer immediately. You have 90 days to report your injury and up to two years to file a workers’ compensation claim. If you’ve been injured on the job in South Carolina, call our award-winning Columbia workers’ compensation lawyers ASAP at (803) 888-2200 or schedule your free consultation online

Are All SC Employees Eligible For Benefits?

No, not every SC employee is eligible to receive benefits under SC workers’ comp laws. If you are a federal employee, an employee at a business with less than four employees, an agriculture worker, a corporate officer, or an independent contractor, then you may not qualify for SC workers’ compensation benefits. To find out if you qualify for SC workers’ compensation benefits, call our legal team at (803) 888-2200. We will answer any questions you have regarding workers’ compensation in SC and give you all your options. 

Can I Sue After a Work-Related Injury?

In SC, it’s very rare to qualify to file a lawsuit against your employer outside of the workers’ compensation system. However, there might be a cause to file a lawsuit against a third party that contributed to your workplace injury. Third parties may include:

  • Product manufacturers
  • Independent contractors
  • Outside vendors
  • Utility companies
  • At-fault drivers

To see if you have a case against a third party, speak with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Columbia today by calling (803) 888-2200 or scheduling a free consultation with our award-winning workers’ comp attorneys.

How Much Does a Workers’ Comp Lawyer Cost?

Our workers’ compensation lawyers do not charge an hourly rate. Our workers’ compensation lawyers work on a contingency basis, an agreed-upon percentage of the total compensation recovered on your behalf. That means if our attorneys don’t win for you, then you owe us nothing.

If you have any additional questions about the cost of hiring a workers’ compensation lawyer in Columbia, SC, please give us a call at (803) 888-2200 or schedule a free consultation online.

South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

The workers’ compensation lawyers at Cavanaugh & Thickens, LLC, have the knowledge and experience needed to get you the compensation you deserve. We take each case personally, and our mission is to help every client recover physically, financially, and emotionally. We will work with you every step of the way to get you on your path to recovery. Schedule a free consultation with our Columbia workers’ comp lawyers today.

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