Workers Compensation

6 Facts You Might Not Know About SC Workers’ Compensation

When an employee is injured on the job, they can apply for workers’ compensation. However, most people have probably heard rumors about workers’ comp that may or may not be true. In the following, we will try and sort that out, so you’ll be prepared if you need to apply.

What Does MMI Mean in the Context of Workers’ Compensation?

Medical terms used under workers’ comp can be confusing, and one of these is MMI. This medical abbreviation stands for maximum medical improvement. It is an important term because it is one of the most hotly contested features of a workers’ compensation claim. Being accorded this status means the injured person may face unpaid medical problems associated with their accident in the future.

Seeking Medical Treatment After a Work-Related Injury

After you’ve been hurt at work, there are steps you must take to receive workers’ compensation. One of the biggest is being seen by a medical professional. It is important that you receive the medical care you need. However, it is not just a matter of going to a medical facility or seeing your doctor and then asking for workers’ comp. You need to follow certain rules. Let’s look at the proper protocol to ensure you will receive the maximum benefits.

Making a Pain and Suffering Claim

An essential part of any lawsuit is a claim for pain and suffering. Yet, many people do not fully understand this component of a personal injury lawsuit.

A lawsuit’s damages against an at-fault party are divided into two main segments. The first is labeled economic and the second is non-economic. Let’s get a handle on these segments.

What Are Common Work Injuries in South Carolina?

Work injuries are those that occur in the workplace during the course of employment. The injuries vary, depending on the type of job, from mild to severe. In most cases of workplace injury, the employment site is dangerous and unsafe. Examples of dangers seen in the workplace are defective equipment or non-contained hazardous chemicals. In addition, repetitive motions during the workday or heavy lifting can result in work injuries.

When Should I Retain a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

The best way to ensure that your workers’ compensation claim is successful is to retain an attorney as soon as the injury happens. Let’s face it, you will be busy seeing a doctor or being treated at the emergency room and dealing with all sorts of issues. While you still need to notify your employer as soon as possible, an attorney can do everything else. In addition, this will give you the protection you need when navigating a process that can become complicated. 

South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Benefits

In South Carolina, any employer with four or more employees has to provide workers’ compensation benefits if they become injured while on the job with some exceptions. It is provided either through private insurance companies or the state through their assigned risk program. To ensure that your employer carries this coverage, workers can check to see if they are covered in the event of an accident injury at wccv.com. If you do happen to suffer a work injury, knowing what you are entitled to receive as benefits is helpful, and if you have a problem or aren’t receiving what you think you should, Morris Law is here to help.

Navigating the Workers’ Comp Process

Workers’ comp pays for medical expenses and lost wages for employees who become ill on the job or are injured at work. Employees working for a company with four or more employees in South Carolina must be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Under the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, an injured employee can recover compensation for their medical costs, temporary compensation for the time they miss from work, and permanent or temporary disability benefits if needed.

SC Workers’ Comp – Permanent and Partial Disability Claims

Claiming a Permanent or Partial Disability Under Workers’ Compensation Some work injuries that occur in South Carolina are so serious they result in a permanent or partial disability under workers’ comp. Under S.C. Code Ann.§ 42-9-30, the loss of one or both arms, shoulders, hands, feet, hips, legs, both eyes, or two on the list

What Are Workers’ Compensation Injuries? 

Workers’ compensation covers injuries that occur within ‌one’s employment. No worker is entirely immune to the risk of a work-related injury. Private employers reported 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). There were 5,250 workplace fatalities that year as well.