Have you been injured on the job? Are you wondering what you should do next? We can help!
Injuries at work can occur in many different ways, for many different reasons and these incidences are classified differently according to the law. Injuries can be acute, such as a slip and fall or they can be cumulative, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
There are other differences you need to understand regarding how benefits are paid out for your injuries. Not knowing something as significant as whether your injury is classified as “acute” or “cumulative” can defer compensation and treatment for your injury. At Rankin & Rankin, P.A., we can confidently guide you through the process of identifying your specific injury classification and help you to understand and fight for what you are due according to the law.
At Rankin & Rankin, P.A., we confidently represent people in claims for lost wages and medical treatment expenses against private employers, as well as federal, state, and local government employers and their workers’ compensation insurers. We will help you through the process of qualifying your injury as “on the job,” as well as disputes concerning the benefits to which you may be entitled.
The benefit of Workers Compensation insurance can cover an injured employee three ways. The first is like a health and accident insurance which will pay your medical bills, as well as mileage to and from doctor’s office appointments. The second is like a short term insurance which will pay your wages (or a portion of them) until you are released from treatment and can return to work. The third, and perhaps most important is the ability to provide long term medical care in the event you are deemed permanently disabled as a result of your injury.
South Carolina bar issued a very clear advice regarding Workers’ Compensation laws and an employee’s rights:
“South Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws simply state that you are entitled to losses that result from your work-related injury. A South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney can help you pursue the benefits our law promises. South Carolina law prohibits employers from engaging in retaliatory firings. After suffering an on-the-job injury, you should immediately notify your supervisor/employer. If you think medical treatment is necessary, you should ask to be sent to the doctor. The key is that only treatment authorized by the carrier will be paid for – except in the case of emergency, where the carrier could not be contacted or reached. We will work with the insurance company to ensure that you receive necessary treatment in a prompt fashion, though this process can be frustrating for clients and attorneys. Put simply, getting the insurance company to approve medical care, even when recommended by the treating physician is not always easy.”
Here at Rankin & Rankin, P.A. we are committed to helping you navigate this sometimes complicated system, so you can receive the necessary weekly compensation, medical treatment and reimbursement, and other benefits you are entitled to under the law.
Take a look at the 5 Frequently Asked Questions about Workers’ Compensation and Call us today for your FREE consultation. Contact Us at 843-438-1305.