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You work hard. The last thing you can afford is to rack up expensive medical bills or lose income from 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. Trust an experienced lawyer to guide you through the legal aspects of the case so you can focus on healing.
Workers’ comp benefits fall into the general categories of medical expenses, payment of temporary total benefits while you are out of work and compensation for your long-term disability. Too often people assume that their employer and their insurance company will make sure they get the compensation they deserve. Unfortunately, that is not always the case as companies and their insurers may try to rush you back to work or deny you access to necessary additional medical care. Cavanaugh & Thickens can work with you to protect your rights and help you get the benefits you deserve, including:
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 their insurance company selects in order to receive this benefit. Our team can help you navigate the process in order to achieve the best outcome possible.
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 your average weekly wage you earned prior to your injury.
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 extremely hard time, the last thing you need is to worry about legal proceedings. Let us take the weight off of you. Our 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.
The lawyers at Cavanaugh & Thickens have the knowledge and experience needed to get you the compensation you deserve. We are a client focused and results driven law firm. Because of this, we take each case personally, working with clients every step of the way to get them on their path to recovery. When you have been hurt at work, schedule a free consultation with our Columbia SC workers’ comp lawyers.