Do I Get Full Pay If I Get Hurt at Work? | 2.11.2021

If you get injured or ill on the job in South Carolina, then you may qualify for coverage of your related medical expenses, payment of temporary compensation while you are out of work, and compensation for any permanent disability you may sustain. Your workers’ compensation benefits in South Carolina may depend on the type of injury or illness sustained and how long you are out of work.

Common Workplace Injuries.

The most common workplace injuries are:

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

If you have suffered from one or more of these injuries on the job, our team of award-winning lawyers can help. Call us today at (803) 888-2200 to discuss your options, free of charge.

How Much Does SC Workman Comp Pay?

If you’re unable to return to work for at least a week due to your work-related injury or illness, you may be eligible to receive compensation while you are recovering, known as temporary total disability. Temporary total disability is typically equal to 66 and 2/3% of the gross income you earned up to a year before your work injury. This is paid for by your employer or its insurance company. It typically lasts until your doctor says you’re able to return to work.

After you have returned to work, or in the unfortunate event you are unable to return to work in that same or similar capacity, you may be entitled to a permanency award.

Each individual’s circumstances are unique. Speak with an attorney today for free and discuss your potential workers’ compensation case. Simply give us a call at (803) 888-2200 or schedule your free consultation online today.

Who Pays For My Benefits?

South Carolina businesses with four or more employees are required to maintain a workers’ compensation insurance policy. Typically, after an injury or illness on the job, your company’s insurance provider will pay for your workers’ compensation benefits.

NOTE: If you go to a doctor selected by your employer or the insurance company, it will be covered by your workers’ compensation benefits. If you decide to go to another doctor, the insurance carrier may not agree to cover expenses related to that treatment.

Are All Employees Eligible for SC Workers’ Comp Benefits?

No, not every SC employee is eligible to receive benefits under SC workers’ comp laws. Federal employees in SC, employees at businesses with less than four employees, agriculture workers, corporate officers, independent contractors, and some realtors and temporary employees may not qualify for SC workers’ compensation benefits.


While it’s not impossible to handle the workers’ compensation claims process on your own, we recommend speaking with a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss what you can expect and are entitled to. Let our experienced attorneys help you.

Hiring an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help you get the maximum benefits available to you under South Carolina law. If you or someone you love has suffered a permanent injury of any kind, you know how quickly life can change. Our team is here to help you and your loved ones recover from tragic accidents like these. Our team will support you throughout your road to recovery, every step of the way. We understand how difficult this time can be for everyone involved. We encourage you not to go through this alone. Whenever you’re ready, call us at (803) 888-2200 to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer today.

Disclaimer: The opinions and ideas in this article are for informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice. Each case is different and must be evaluated based on its own particular facts and merits. This article in no way creates an attorney-client relationship with the reader.

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About the Author:

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Nicholas J. Skorzewski focuses on advocating for his clients after they have been injured on the job. Nick is a 2020 Legal Elite of the Midlands award recipient. He has handled numerous workers’ compensation matters from the initial notice of injury up until settlement or trial. He applies his experience gained from representing insurance companies in workers’ comp matters to help injured workers who are being treated unfairly by insurance carriers or employers and need help evaluating their options after an on-the-job injury.


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