Workers’ Compensation Lawyer – Summerville, SC
Serving the Tri-County Area
You’ve been hurt at work. You’re wondering what’s next.
While cleaning up the warehouse a crate fell from a nearby shelf, landing straight on your foot. Now you can’t even walk on it.
After years and years of doing a job that requires intense focus and bending over a table, you developed unbearable lower back pain.
During routine deliveries a van ran a red light and slammed straight into your work vehicle, causing you to suffer a head injury and a few broken ribs.
Do any of these situations sound familiar?
There are a million different ways you could end up hurt at work or while on the job, but they could all lead to the same thing — a workers’ compensation case.
You may be asking yourself question like…
- Will I still get a paycheck even though I can’t go to work?
- How will I continue to pay my mortgage, vehicle loan, or other bills?
- Is anyone supposed to help me with the workers’ compensation process?
- Whose side is my employer on? Mine?
What a Workers’ Comp Attorney Can Do For You
Workers’ compensation cases must be handled in a particular manner and follow strict rules. If you miss a deadline, or incorrectly file paperwork, you could be completely out of luck.
Sound harsh? It is!
You need a workers’ compensation attorney to help guide you through this process. The hard truth is that most employers will look out for their own interests first. A workers’ comp lawyer is on your side and your side alone.
Want to make sure you get every bit of what you deserve? Call someone who knows how to navigate the system and how to get the most out of it.
Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Can:
- File the initial claim with your employer
- Fill out your paperwork for the insurance company
- Keep track of your medical bills and expenses for your claim
- Pursue an appeal in the case your claim is denied
Common Questions About Workers’ Compensation
Whether this is your first, third, or fifth time dealing with a possible workers’ compensation claim, you likely have questions. Workers’ comp cases are not clear cut and very fact-intensive.
Please review a few questions often asked about workers’ compensation cases. If you don’t see the answer to your question here, give me a call! We can discuss your case and see if I can be of help.
How does workers’ compensation work?
The first step in this process is filing a claim. There are several rules you will have to follow, including time constraints. Once your claim is approved, you will start receiving benefits up until the time your doctor clears you to return to work.
It is possible that your claim will be denied. In this case, you will need to fight the insurance company to cover your expenses. You can appeal this decision.
How do I know if I qualify for workers’ compensation benefits?
There are a few factors that need to be present in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Were you injured at work or while on the job?
Are you unable to perform your job as a result of the injury you suffered?
Will your injury take some time to heal?
If the answers to the above questions are yes, it is likely that you will qualify for workers’ compensation benefits as long as your case is handled appropriately.
What does workers’ compensation cover?
Generally speaking, workers’ compensation payments cover all medical bills and expenses that are necessary to your diagnosis and treatment. This means that hospital bills, medications, and doctor visits should be covered. You will also start to receive disability benefits.
It is important to point out that when you apply for workers’ compensation benefits you agree to give up your right to sue for pain and suffering.