Hurt on the Job?
Though you can be injured at any job, there are occupations that cause more injuries and deaths than others. In South Carolina, some of the most dangerous jobs include:
- Construction worker
- Manufacturing plant employee
- Restaurant and convenience store employee
- Professional mover
- Nursing home attendant
- Nurse or physical therapist
- Truck driver
- Fire and rescue workers
These jobs come with more inherent danger than others. However, with safety rules in place and proper supervision, these jobs can be as rewarding as they are demanding.
Types of Workers' Compensation Injuries
Though the above occupations are more hazardous than most, nearly every career carries some risk. Some common on the job injuries include:
- Back and neck injuries and trauma
- Head trauma from falling objects
- Head injures
- Slip and fall injuries
- Damage to the shoulders, knees and wrists
- Gunshot and stab wounds (robberies and attempted robberies)
- Work-related musculoskeletal disorders (WMSDs)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Tension neck syndrome
- Broken bones
- Loss of limb
- Crush injures
- Herniated discs
- Occupational diseases
If you have been injured while working you have every right to file and be awarded workers' compensation benefits.
What are my rights as an employee?
Your employer and their insurance company may work to minimize the damages you receive. While you may be entitled to compensation for your initial medical bills, ongoing treatment, therapy and lost wages, the insurance adjuster may offer you a sum that is too low. Insurance companies and big corporations have a team of lawyers and professionals on their side, waiting to pressure you into settling your case.
If you or a loved one have been injured on the job, what can you do? Start by contacting The Derrick Law Firm today to set up a free consultation to discuss your workers' comp claim. The Derrick Law Firm has 30 years of experience handling workers' compensation claims and helping individuals on their way to recovery.
Workers' Compensation Attorney Dirk Derrick was voted Best Attorney by the readers of the Myrtle Beach Herald (2016, 2017, 2018) and the firm won Best Law Firm 2018-2019! The Derrick Law Firm stands by its philosophy of getting you the full value of your case, outworking their opponents, and treating you like family along the way.
The Derrick Law Firm has locations in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Columbia, Mt. Pleasant, North Charleston, and Charleston, South Carolina. Cases are accepted throughout the state of South Carolina.