4. Failure to notify your doctor of all the problems you are experiencing due to a work-related injury.

Don’t assume anything is a minor injury until the symptoms are gone and the doctor is convinced it is fully healed. Report each and every physical and emotional injury after the accident to each doctor you see.

5. Failure to do all scheduled appointments and failure to do what the doctor(s) tell you to do.

If you quit accepting medical treatment, it allows the insurance company to stop your benefits.

6. Failure to try to return to work if and when your doctor believes you are capable of doing so.

If you fail to accept work that meets your restrictions, the insurance company has the right to file a Form 21, requesting that the benefits be terminated.

7. Performing work outside the restrictions given to you by your doctor.

Make sure your give your employer the restrictions given to you by your doctor. If your employer requests you perform work outside the restrictions, notify your doctor first. 

8. Failing to realize that the insurance company may have you followed by a private investigator to take video surveillance of you at all times of the day.

Live within the restrictions the doctor gives you at both work and home. Private investigators are used to videotape claimants in order to try to disprove that he/she is injured.

9. Trusting the insurance company in determining your compensation rate.

Your compensation rate is two-thirds your average weekly wage. Insurance companies like to underestimate the average weekly wage as much as possible. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can ensure that your benefits are correct. 

10.  Settling a workers’ compensation claim involving permanent impairment and/or the potential need for future treatment without the assistance of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.

The insurance adjuster is looking out for his/her company’s interest, not yours. He/she has no legal, moral or financial obligations to ensure that you receive al the benefits you are entitled. You are at a great disadvantage if you do not know your legal rights.

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.