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In South Carolina, a worker who is injured while on the job has a right, in most cases, to bring a claim against his or her employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.  Our state’s workers’ compensation system provides medical care and temporary benefits when a person is injured at work. In many cases, the injured worker is also entitled to compensation for any permanent impairment that was suffered.

At first glance, South Carolina’s workers’ compensation system appears simple. In theory, an injured worker files a claim, receives medical care, has the extent of their permanent impairment determined by the treating doctor, and the claim is then settled.  However, the process is rarely this straightforward. In fact, at times, it can be quite complicated, and workers need assistance from an experienced attorney skilled at keeping the process on track.

Workers who try to handle claims from job-related injuries on their own put themselves at a serious disadvantage. Employers, backed by adjusters and defense attorneys, know how the system works and how to steer a claim to a result that is most advantageous for them rather than towards one that is fair to the injured employee. It is not uncommon for those individuals working on behalf of your employer to contest your claim on the grounds that the injury did not occur within the scope and course of your job or argue that your injury is not as severe as you contend, despite evidence to the contrary. Don’t make the mistake of trying to handle your workers’ compensation case without the benefit of an experienced attorney.

Virtually no worker is immune from the possibility of an on-the-job injury. Some professions by their very nature are more prone to workplace injuries. Police and security officers, truckers and construction workers usually lead the lists. These days, though, health-care workers increasingly are at risk, too, suffering strains and tears occurred primarily when working with patients. Office workers can be at risk for repetitive stress injuries stemming from improper equipment or work station configuration, and virtually anyone can suffer a slip and fall accident that leads to anything from broken bones to serious back injuries. In certain industries, claims arising from asbestos or chemical exposure also are possibilities.

No matter the type of injury or the nature of your claim, the attorneys at Morton & Gettys will fight to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones.

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James M. Morton

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