The Coming-and-Going Rule

If you’re hurt in a slip-and-fall accident on the way to or from work, your injuries are generally not covered by workers’ comp. There are, however, some exceptions to this coming-and-going rule. If, for example, you’re injured in a company parking lot or on a company-owned driveway or sidewalk as you enter or leave the workplace, you might be able to file a claim. If your job requires travel to outside locations and you slip and fall in the course of doing your work off your company’s premises, you might be covered. Your attorney can help you determine whether your injuries are compensable.

Workers’ Compensation Eligibility

While almost every South Carolina with four or more employees is required to carry workers’ comp insurance, there are some exceptions:

  • Employers with fewer than four employees
  • Employers with an annual payroll of less than $3,000
  • Railroad companies
  • Agricultural businesses
  • State and county fair associations

There are also some workers who are not eligible for South Carolina workers’ compensation. You’re generally not covered if you are:

  • An independent contractor
  • A member of a limited liability corporation (LLC)
  • A sole proprietor or business partner
  • A commissioned real-estate agent
  • A Federal employee of the state
  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol when injured
  • In the process of committing a crime when injured
  • Guilty of intentionally inflicting your own injury

An experienced attorney can help you determine whether you’re eligible for benefits and assist you in pursuing other means of compensation if you’re not.

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, Florence, Myrtle 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.