Every year, more than 4.6 million workplace injuries are reported across the United States. Slip and falls and other types of work accidents occur for a variety of reasons. Malfunctioning equipment, poor training, and a lack of proper protective equipment are just a few. However, a co-worker can even cause another employee’s injury. What recourse does an individual have if they are injured by a co-worker? In South Carolina, several options are available to pursue compensation for medical bills, lost income, and other losses after a debilitating work injury.
After a co-worker causes an injury at work, the first step is to file for Workers’ Compensation benefits. Unlike other forms of compensation, liability is not a factor in Workers’ Compensation cases.
There are some exceptions that preclude an employee from collecting benefits. Their claim may be denied under the following circumstances:
- They were under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- They were involved in an altercation with a co-worker about an issue not having to do with work.
Starting the Workers’ Compensation Process
If the injured worker or a colleague is able, they should document the injuries, property damage, and the conditions that led up to the accident with photographs or videos. They are required to report the accident to their employer as soon as possible. If they are not treated at the scene, they should see an approved health care provider and save all medical bills and records. If the employer denies a claim for benefits, it is a good idea to contact a Workers’ Compensation lawyer to assist with an appeal.
What Should I Do If I am Assaulted by a Co-Worker?
More than two million people in this country are assaulted at work every year. Assaults can happen anywhere, including on job sites, work functions, or even during deliveries. A person who does nothing to provoke or engage in workplace violence might be entitled to compensation. If the assault occurs within the scope of employment, it is most likely a Workers’ Compensation claim. However, Workers’ Compensation benefits may not cover all costs. In the United States, a worker is afforded some means to pursue financial compensation after a devastating injury. However, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to resolving a work injury claim. A skilled lawyer takes time to meet with the injured individual and discern how the accident happened. From there, a lawyer can recommend the best type of claim.
It is important that all employees practice workplace safety. However, a work accident can happen if safety measures are not followed. If you have a work-related injury, one of our South Carolina Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Lee Injury Law can help you deal with your claim with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. We advocate for injured workers. Call us at (803) 500-000 or complete our online form for a free consultation today. Located in Columbia, SC, we serve clients throughout Lexington, Orangeburg, and Columbia.