Sudden Injury From Ongoing Trauma

You might suffer a stroke or heart attack on or off the job after months or years of cumulative work trauma like heat exposure, stress, or chronic overexertion. Even if you had a pre-existing condition, it might have been aggravated by your daily work and developed into a serious or life-threatening problem on the job. Solid medical evidence and a strong legal argument will be necessary to get you the benefits you need. 

Repetitive Motion Injuries

If your job requires you to bend over, squat, kneel, twist your wrists, or overuse other joints like knees, elbows, or shoulders, you could develop injuries slowly over time until, one day, you find yourself incapacitated, in pain, and unable to perform your normal duties. Again, your employer/insurance company could dispute your claim unless you can show convincing evidence that your condition is work-related.

Psychological Injuries

If you develop anxiety, PTSD, depression, or some other psychological/emotional disorder due to your work duties, the claim might be disputed by your boss and harder to prove than a physical claim would be.

In any of the above cases, a workers’ comp attorney can organize/present your medical evidence and call in expert witnesses if necessary to prove the connection between your work and your injury/illness.

Gray Areas Related To Workers' Compensation Claims In South Carolina

There are other situations in which your employer or the insurance company might try to dispute the connection between your job duties and your injury/illness. The services of an attorney are highly recommended if you’re hurt or become ill under any of the following circumstances:

  • During company training (required or voluntary)
  • At a company recreational event
  • Before clocking in/after clocking out
  • While commuting
  • While driving a company vehicle
  • While running company errands in your own vehicle
  • While engaged in horseplay or fighting in the workplace
  • On a lunch or coffee break onsite
  • While eating or picking up lunch for yourself, co-workers, and/or your boss off-site

If your claim is denied for any reason, that denial is not necessarily the final word on your case. A workers’ comp lawyer can guide you through the complex workers’ comp appeals process, which includes:

  • Informal conference
  • SCWCC hearing
  • Commission review
  • SC Court of Appeals
  • SC Supreme Court

Have You Been Injured On The Job?

If you've been hurt at your job you can speak with a workers' compensation lawyer. Please contact us online or call our Charleston, South Carolina office directly at 843.488.2359 to schedule your consultation. We are also able to meet clients at our ConwayMyrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Mt. PleasantNorth Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.


Dirk J. Derrick
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South Carolina Lawyer Dirk Derrick helps victims recover from car accidents, personal injury & wrongful death.