Frequently Asked Questions

How long do I have to file a personal injury claim? What if the driver who hit me is uninsured? Why do I need to hire a personal injury lawyer? We answer these questions and many more in our collection of frequently asked questions. Unlike many websites that provide brief yes-or-no answers to important legal questions like these, we provide detailed answers to help you get a better idea of your rights, your options, and what you can hope for in the future. If your burning questions are not answered here, feel free to connect with us through our website to speak directly with us about your legal concerns.

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  • Is stress or mental injury covered under Worker’s Compensation?

    If you have a mental injury caused by an extraordinary or unusual event while on the job, it may covered under Worker’s Compensation.

    The South Carolina Worker's Compensation Act covers a variety of injuries that occur on the job. There are some restrictions or requirements for mental injuries.The injury must pass a two part test to determine if it is covered through worker's compensation.

    For more information on if your injury is covered, please read our full blog detailing the requirements for mental injuries on the job. You may also call SC Workers' Compensation Attorney Dirk Derrick for your free consultation at 843-248-7496.

  • If I have a stroke or heart attack at work, is it covered by Worker’s Compensation?

    The South Carolina Worker's Compensation Act covers a variety of injuries that occur on the job. There are some restrictions or requirements for injuries like a heart attack or stroke. The injury must pass a two part test to determine if it is covered through worker's compensation.

    For more information on if your injury is covered, please read our full blog detailing the requirements for a heart attack or stroke on the job. You may also call SC Workers' Compensation Attorney Dirk Derrick for your free consultation at 843-248-7496.

    Voted Best Attorney in Conway and Best Attorney in Myrtle Beach by the readers of the Horry Independent and the Myrtle Beach Herald, Attorney Derrick has the experience and knowledge to get you the full value of your case.

  • Are my injuries covered through Worker's Compensation?

    If you are injured on the job through a routine task or an unforeseen event, your injury could be covered through Worker’s Compensation.  For more details on this topic, please visit the full blog.

    If you would like to discuss your injury claim with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer, contact Attorney Dirk Derrick for a free consultation. 843-248-7486.

    Attorney Derrick specializes in personal injury law including workers' compensation, car accidents, wrongful deaths, and other insurance claims.

    The Derrick Law Firm was voted "Best Attorney" by the readers of the Myrtle Beach Herald and the Horry Independent since 2014.

    The Derrick Law Firm serves the state of South Carolina and has office locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant.

  • If I have an accident at work, can I file it under Worker’s Compensation?

    If you are injured at work, you may file it under Worker’s Compensation.

    An accident is defined most basically as when a voluntary action results in an injury or death. For a more detailed explanation of what injuries are considered accidental, please visit the full blog.

    If you would rather talk to an experienced SC Workers' Compensation Lawyer, contact our office at 843-248-7486 for a free consultation.

    Personal Injury Lawyer Dirk Derrick has been practicing at his own law firm since 1991 and has been voted the Best Lawyer in Myrtle Beach by the readers of the Myrtle Beach Herald.

  • If I am hurt on the job, will my employer pay me for my injuries?

    If you are injured on the job as a result of an accident, you may be eligible for Worker’s Compensation benefits that will pay for your medical treatment. Depending on the amount of work missed, you could be reimbursed for that time as well as receive paychecks while you are unable to work.

    For more information regarding your claim, visit the following blog for more details.

    If you would like to talk to an experience workers' compensation lawyer for a free consultation, contact SC Personal Injury Lawyer Dirk Derrick of The Derrick Law Firm. 843-248-7486.

    Office locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, SC.

  • If I get injured on the job and hurt a body part that was injured before, will Worker's Compensation cover it?

    Yes. If you are hurt on the job and sustain an injury that worsens a previous condition, or causes additional loss of use, or actual loss of that body part, you may be compensated through the South Carolina Worker’s Compensation Commission.

    For more information on this topic, please see our full blog.

    To speak to an experienced SC. Workers' Compensation Lawyer, contact Dirk Derrick of The Derrick Law Firm for a FREE consultation. 843-248-7486.

  • Will Worker's Compensation cover my bills if I lose a body part at work?

    If you are on the job and lose, or lose use of, a part of the body that leaves you permanently partially disabled, you will be compensated through the South Carolina Worker’s Compensation Commission.

    For more detailed information, please see the full blog.

    If you are injured on the job and need help with your worker’s compensation claim, please call Myrtle Beach lawyer Dirk Derrick of The Derrick Law Firm. 843-248-7486

    Voted Best Attorney in Myrtle Beach and Conway by the readers of the Myrtle Beach Herald and the Horry Independent, Mr. Derrick will work to get you the full value of your case.

  • Can I choose my own doctor for a workers' compensation claim?

    When you are hurt at work and file a workers' compensation claim, you must see the doctors they provide for you. If you would like a second opinion, you must get permission.

    You may talk to the insurance carrier and see if he or she will allow you to go to another doctor, or you can request a hearing by completing a Form 50 and have a Commissioner make a determination on the case.

    If you are concerned about your work injury claim, or have questions, contact Myrtle Beach Workers' Compensation Lawyer Dirk Derrick for a FREE consultation. 843-248-7486.

    Myrtle Beach Workers' Compensation Attorneys at The Derrick Law Firm have over 29 years of experience in personal injury law including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls, workers' compensation, wrongful death, and insurance claims.

    Voted Best Attorney by the readers of the Horry Independent and Myrtle Beach Herald, The Derrick Law Firm will work to get you the full value of your case.

    The Derrick Law Firm serves the state of South Carolina and has office locations in Myrtle Beach, Conway, North Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant.
     

  • How do I file a workers' compensation claim?

    You need to file a workers' compensation claim if your employer does not report your accident, denies your injury by accident, or if you believe you did not receive all of your benefits. 

    To file a claim you must submit a Form 50 or Form 52 to the SC Workers' Compensation Commission.  

    If any of the instances above happen to you, talk with an attorney prior to filing a claim unless you are educated and have experience regarding South Carolina Worker's Compensation Law and Procedure.

    Since 1991, The Derrick Law Firm's Dirk Derrick has practiced personal injury law including workers' compensation claims. Mr. Derrick was voted Best Attorney in Myrtle Beach and Best Attorney in Conway by the readers of the Myrtle Beach Herald and the Horry Independent.

    While serving the state of South Carolina, The Derrick Law Firm currently has office locations in Myrtle Beach, Charleston, North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Mt. Pleasant, and North Charleston.













     

     

  • What is a workers' compensation hearing?

    The workers’ compensation commissioners conduct a hearing to resolve disputes between you and your employer’s representative. 

    You may apply for a hearing if your employer does not report your accident, denies your injury, or if you believe that you did not receive all your benefits. 

    You need to talk with an experienced Workers Compensation attorney prior to attending a hearing unless you are educated in the law and procedure of South Carolina Workers' Compensation.

    Myrtle Beach Workers' Compensation Lawyer Dirk Derrick of The Derrick Law Firm has over 29 years of personal injury experience and knows how to get his clients the most benefits for their claim.

    Call today for a FREE consultation. 843-248-7486.