While most employers do their best to provide a safe working environment for their employees, accidents may happen from time to time. The severity of the accidents often depend on the type of work being done. The worst type of accidents may even disable or kill a dedicated employee.
Some common types of work place injuries include:
- slip and falls
- back injuries
- auto accident related injuries while working
- carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and other repetitive use syndromes
- electrocution, burns, etc...
- concussions and traumatic brain injuries
When an employee is hurt on the job, they may file a workers’ compensation claim to pay for their medical expenses and time missed from work. Because there are many rules and procedures associated with workers’ compensation claims, it can be confusing and difficult to understand. A hurt employee may even miss out on benefits they need if they do not understand how workers’ compensation works.
If you have an injury at work that requires one or two doctor's visits, or is something that can heal on its own without medical treatment, you probably do not need to hire a workers' compensation attorney to handle your claim. If you have a serious injury that needs extensive medical care, a possible surgery, and forces you to miss time from work, you should speak to an experienced workers' compensation lawyer to make sure you receive all the benefits you need.
The Derrick Law Firm has handled personal injury claims like workers' compensation since 1991 and has the knowledge and experience to answer your questions.
What workers' compensation benefits are available to me if I am hurt at work?
You may find a list here regarding the benefits that may be available via workers' compensation, however, some of the basic benefits allotted to injured workers include the following:
- Medical treatment and medical expenses
- Mileage for driving to appointments
- Lost weekly wages if certain criteria are met
Is there anything I can do to hurt my workers' compensation case?
There are mistakes that can be made that can or will ultimately hurt a client's case. For example, it is important to tell your supervisor that you are hurt as quickly as possible. The law says you have 90 days to report your injury. The longer you wait to tell your employer about your injury, the harder it becomes to prove your injury was work related.
A simple rule of thumb is to always tell the truth. By not being honest with your employer, doctors, or lawyer, you can damage your claim significantly. It is also important to tell your doctor of all of your issues stemming from your injury at work.
Failure to share all of your injuries and disabilities from the accident can hurt you in the long run if the injuries were not initially reported.
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 Conway, Myrtle Beach, Murrells Inlet, Mt. Pleasant, North Myrtle Beach or North Charleston office locations.