What To Know When Making A Worker's Compensation Claim

The process of filing a workers' compensation claim after an on-the-job injury can often become complicated. At the Greenville, South Carolina, law firm of Howard, Howard, Francis & Reid, L.L.P., our experienced lawyers will guide you along the way, making sure that your claim is filed quickly, efficiently and in full compliance with state law. However, there are some things that are helpful to know right away that can help with understanding the claims process.

What Should I Do If I Am Injured At Work?

Above all else, if you are involved in an accident at work, you should immediately seek any necessary medical attention. You should then inform your employer of the accident and your injury as soon as possible in order to protect your right to benefits.

Your employer will have ten days to report your injury to the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission, which is responsible for overseeing the payment of benefits. Your employer should also provide a list of approved physicians who will treat your injury or illness.

Workers' Comp Benefits Are Your Right — Don't Be Afraid To Speak Up

Some workers do not tell their employers about their injury for fear of losing their jobs. In many cases, these individuals carry their injuries for a long period of time, making it difficult and painful to live and work. It is illegal to terminate an employee for making a valid workers' compensation claim — so don't feel that you have to hide your injury or waive your right to fair compensation.

South Carolina is a "no-fault" state, meaning that you do not have to prove that your injury was caused by your employer's negligence — only that it occurred at work as a result of your job duties. If your employer disputes that your injury is work-related, we can represent you in discussions with your employer and their insurers to make sure that your claim is treated fairly and seriously.

Don't Let Your Claim Be Undervalued — Contact Us Today

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, our attorneys will provide support and guidance from the very start of the claims process and ensure that it progresses smoothly. We will ensure that your claim is valued accurately and fairly by your employer and their insurer so that you get the benefits you need to recover. Call us today at 864-236-4672 or arrange a free consultation through our online contact form.