If you are injured at work, you may wonder whether you need to hire a workers’ compensation attorney. The answer depends on the circumstances of your case. You may not need to hire a workers’ comp lawyer if:
• your injury is relatively minor
• your employer does not dispute your claim
• the injury does not cause you to miss work.
However, most people benefit from having an experienced attorney on their side, especially when their employer disputes the claim. If any of the following statements apply to your case, contact a South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer at Lee Injury Law as soon as possible for a free consultation or download our FREE South Carolina Workers’ Comp Guide.
Many employers will deny claims for workers with pre-existing conditions. However, as a South Carolina employee, you are entitled to compensation, even if you have a pre-existing injury, as long as it was aggravated by your work activities or environment. Legal counsel is recommended in cases involving pre-existing conditions because they tend to be more complex than traditional workers’ compensation cases.
If you missed more than seven days of work due to your injury, you may be eligible to receive either temporary or permanent disability benefits. The amount of wage loss compensation you will receive depends on your level of impairment and whether you are unable to return to the job you had before your injury, or whether you are unable to return to any type of work at all.
Employers and their insurance companies often try to avoid accepting financial responsibility for workers’ injuries and may, therefore, deny workers’ compensation claims. If your initial claim was denied, you have the right to appeal. A South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney can help ensure that you follow the requisite procedure, that all necessary forms are filed in a timely manner, and that all pertinent information is included so that you have the best chance of prevailing on appeal.
Even if you are already receiving benefits, you may not be getting the maximum compensation to which you are entitled. Our South Carolina workers’ compensation law firm can review your case to see if there is any potential third-party liability. If someone other than your employer is responsible for your injuries, you may be entitled to additional damages such as pain and suffering.
To find out how you can benefit from the services of our highly experienced Lexington, Orangeburg, and Columbia workers’ compensation attorney, call Lee Injury Law for a free legal consultation at 803-500-0000.