In South Carolina, workers’ compensation benefits can potentially cover medical treatment, bills, and death, depending on your particular case and after you have received a medical evaluation. The medical evaluation is important in determining the amount and type of benefits that you willreceive. The following is an explanation of the benefits available under workers’ compensation in South Carolina:
Medically, your employer will be required to provide treatment for your injury until you reach a point at which further treatment would no longer help to improve your condition. However, if you require further treatment in order for your condition to stay the same, then your employer’s insurance company is responsible for funding that treatment. It is important to note that your employer is able to choose a specific doctor for you to see, but if you feel that the doctor is not providing the best care, then you can request to see a different medical provider. Under workers’ compensation, not only will the medical treatment be compensated for, but also any expenses that are incurred as a result of accident. This can include expenses for medicine, transportation to medical appointments, and other medical-related costs. That is why it is important to document all of your expenses with bills, receipts, and notes so that you can insure that you will be entirely reimbursed for expenses related to your injury.
Financially, you will receive compensation every week while you are injured. The amount that you will receive will be lower than what you would normally be paid (2/3 of your normal wage). You cannot receive this compensation if your doctor says that you are physically capable of working. If you held multiple jobs when you became injured, you will be entitled to compensation for both of those jobs. You will not be allowed to receive a higher compensation rate than the determined rate set by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission.
After an on-the-job accident, you may be confused about what step to take next and worried about how you are going to pay for your bills. That is why it is important to contact an experienced South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney, who will able to lead you through the process of obtaining worker’s compensation benefits. Shelly Leeke Law Firm offers free consultations and works on a contingency basis so that you have one less expense to worry about while you are on the road to recovery.
In the unfortunate event that a loved one is killed while on-the-job, then the family of the deceased is entitled to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the employer. Even though this will not bring back the loved one, it will help to compensate the family for their loss. Refer to our South Carolina wrongful death practice area page for more information or call us at 1-888-690-0211 and we will help answer any questions that you may have.