Who Has to Carry Workers’ Compensation Insurance

Nearly every South Carolina business or company with four or more employees is required by law to carry workers’ comp insurance, but there are some exceptions. The following types of employers do not have to purchase workers’ comp coverage for their employees’ work-related injuries and illnesses:

  • Companies with fewer than four employees
  • Employers whose yearly payroll is less than $3,000
  • County and state fair associations
  • Rail express and railroad companies
  • Agricultural businesses

If you’re a trucker employed by a company that doesn’t carry workers’ comp, you might be able to recover damages by filing a lawsuit against your employer or filing a claim with the South Carolina Uninsured Employer’s Fund. An experienced workers' comp lawyer may be able to help you to seek fair benefits in any of the complex circumstances described above.

Third-Party Lawsuits

If you’re an injured trucker whose employer does offer workers’ comp coverage, and you’re eligible to apply for benefits, you generally cannot file a lawsuit against your employer or co-worker(s) for causing your injury or illness. If, however, a person or entity not connected to your employer is completely or partially responsible for your injury or illness, your attorney can help you to file a third-party personal injury suit against that person or entity. Such a suit could bring you compensation for the remaining one-third of your lost wages and for pain and suffering, neither of which is covered by workers’ comp.

Report and File

If you’re a truck driver who is injured or becomes ill on the job, report your accident or illness to your boss right away. If your employer doesn’t file your claim with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission (SCWCC), do so yourself by using Form 50 from the SCWCC website. Although the law gives you 90 days to report your injury or illness and two years to file your claim, you should not delay. Any significant time lapse between your accident and your report and claim will be seen by the employer’s insurer as evidence that you’re not seriously hurt or ill. A workers’ comp attorney can be sure you meet all deadlines and follow all procedures so that you don’t lose your chance to collect fair benefits.

Once you file your claim, see the doctor certified and recommended by your employer’s insurer. (Do not choose your own doctor; doing so could hurt your claim.) Follow the doctor’s treatment plans, take all medications as prescribed, keep documentation of all your treatments, and make a daily record of your recovery process and your pain and suffering. If your employer’s insurer denies your claim, is slow to approve necessary treatment, or is generally uncooperative, contact a workers’ comp attorney.

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 Florence, 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.