A Guide to Worker’s Compensation in South Carolina
After you have sustained a workplace injury, getting your workers’ compensation claim handled properly will ensure you get all the benefits you are entitled to.
Here is a quick guide to help walk you through the workers’ compensation claim process.
A Step-By-Step Guide to Workers’ Compensation
After an accident, you may feel confused or overwhelmed. After all, you just sustained an injury. That’s why we’ve put together a list of next steps for you to help with your workers’ comp claim process.
1. Seek Medical Attention
If you have suffered a workplace injury getting medical attention should be your main priority. Not only to ensure you take care of your health and well-being but also to create a record of the treatment you received for your claim.
2. Report the Injury
You must notify your employer of your injuries within 90 days of the workplace incident that led to you being injured.
3. File a Claim
After notifying your employer, they should file a claim. If, after 10 days, they do not, you should submit a Form 50 or Form 52 to South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. Once you are aware of the injuries you sustained, you have 2 years from that date to file a workers’ compensation claim.
4. If Your Claim is Approved
Once approved, you should be able to receive benefits for medical expenses and compensation for any lost wages.
5. If Your Claim is Denied
If your claim is denied, you can request a hearing with the commissioners of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, who will review the appeal to your claim. If this still doesn’t get your claim approved, you might have to seek judicial review outside the workers’ comp system by the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
Whether you are dealing with a denied claim or finding it overwhelming to file your claim, you should hire an experienced workers’ comp attorney to handle your claim. The stronger your arguments, the stronger your case and an experienced lawyer knows everything you need to have the best chance of receiving workers’ comp benefits.