Grimes Teich Anderson is an established personal injury law firm in South Carolina. For over 30 years, it has been our mission to help workers injured on the job. Our offices are conveniently located in Greenville and Gaffney and provide quality representation to injured workers in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Gaffney and other areas of South Carolina.Disability in the Workplace
Few people are prepared for disability, yet the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics show that 15 people are either catastrophically injured or die in work accidents every day. This number only represents catastrophic accidents that are too big to ignore. Unfortunately, many normal injuries go unreported, especially when employees fear losing their jobs. Workers will often suffer through the pain, further exacerbating the injury. These steadily-worsening conditions account for over 72% of workplace injuries ultimately reported and cost the United States over $12.5 billion a year.
Work injuries may be caused by a variety of job conditions, including:
- Dangerous machinery, tools
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Chemical and electrical burns
- Heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling
- Repetitive tasks or movements
- Slip-and-falls on floor or stairs
- Construction, factory accidents
- Falls from a scaffold, roof, or ladder
South Carolina workers’ compensation law requires employers with four or more employees to provide insurance coverage for job-related injuries, but the injured employee must report the work injury and properly file a claim for compensation, or they will deprived of the benefits they deserve. Workers compensation benefits are often vital to sustain a family and pay for steadily mounting bills while the injured worker recovers.
If you’ve been injured at work, you may be entitled to medical care, prescription drugs and mileage reimbursement for doctor's visits. If your doctor recommends continuing prescription drug therapy extending into the future, you can be awarded medical care and prescription drugs on a permanent basis.
You may also receive disability benefits for time out of work while you are healing, and permanent disability benefits if your injury is permanent. Under South Carolina law, injured workers generally receive about two-thirds of their gross income as wage replacement while they are disabled from work. In order to be eligible for these benefits, it is the worker’s burden to prove that the injury occurred in the course of employment and that the work injury prevents the employee from performing his regular duties. Issues of light duty, "make-work" and discharge after a work injury often arise in workers compensation cases. After a claimant in a South Carolina workers compensation case has reached maximum medical improvement, the claim is ripe for determination of either permanent partial disability or permanent and total disability (500 weeks). In the case of a physical brain injury, lifetime benefits are available. In cases of wage reduction or permanent disability, workers must prove that their condition prevents them from returning to work or obtaining comparable work elsewhere. These issues are often complex, and the workers compensation insurance company will have adjusters and lawyers working to minimize your case. Obtaining legal counsel to represent your interests can dramatically improve your chances of recovering the compensation you need. Where the injury resulted in death, family and dependents are also entitled to recovery.Filing a Claim or Appeal can be an Adversarial Process
It is misleading to make the process seem hassle-free. The workers compensation system is meant to provide an efficient, litigation-free method to protect employers from liability while compensating workers for harm. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Obtaining benefits requires providing specific, supporting evidence and presenting it in the most favorable light. If there is a dispute regarding the nature and extent of your injury, it may require additional negotiations with insurance adjusters and amending your claim.
A lawyer who follows your case from the beginning will advocate for your best interests and maximize your recovery for additional expenses, including treatment for pre-existing injuries, scarring, and disfigurement. Your attorney can help make certain you get the medical care you need. If your authorized treating physician recommends tests or therapy, you need to receive that care or file a motion to get the care ordered. You do not have to settle for inadequate benefits when you should be receiving more.Get Help Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
If you were injured at work, the law firm of Grimes Teich Anderson can help. We have been practicing personal injury and disability law for over 30 years. Our dedicated attorneys and diligent staff will walk you through the workers’ compensation process, breaking down legal concepts so that you understand your rights. Once you understand the adversarial process involved in filing a claim, you will want a qualified lawyer defending your rights and pushing your case forward. In addition to representing injured parties before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, our attorneys have recovered full compensation for injured workers across South Carolina through the demanding appeals process. We have handled South Carolina workers compensation cases at the hearing level, Full Commission appeals level, and to the South Carolina Court of Appeals. At Grimes Teich Anderson, we are devoted to helping you recover the workers compensation you deserve. Call 800.533.6845 today for a free case evaluation, or contact us online.