Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Aug 08, 2018 in Workers' Compensation
Every day, thousands of people are injured on the job. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2016. Injuries occurred at a rate of 2.9 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers.
Worker's Compensation Laws were designed to provide benefits for injured workers. Each state has different laws and benefits available in one state may not be available in another. In South Carolina, there are three main types of benefits available to an injured worker.
First, a worker is entitled to have all medical costs, incurred through an authorized treating physcian, paid for. This includes authorized prescriptions.
Second, if an authorized doctor places the injured worker out of work, the worker is entitled to weekly benefits. For most workers, that is equal to 2/3 of their average weekly wage.
Finally, if a worker sustains permanent injury, he/she may be entitled to compensation for loss of use to the injured body part.
It can be difficult getting the benefits to which you are entitled without the services of an attorney. If you have been injured at work in South Carolina, call us today for a free, no-obligation, consultation with one of our lawyers. Make sure you know your rights.