Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Fights Denied Claims in South Carolina
Tough handling of claims and work injury cases throughout South Carolina
Workers’ comp is important and can pay for your medical care and replace most of your lost earnings while you are unable to work. But if your boss denies your claim, or the insurance company comes between you and your treating doctor, you may have to fight for the what you deserve. For more than 30 years, the Law Offices of David L. Hood has stood up for injured workers. We provide skilled, dogged help for denied claims. Including disputes over treatment plans, ratings issues settlements and much more. If you are having trouble with the workers’ comp system, let us help you get what you deserve.
My experience with this firm has been nothing short of unbelievable. Mr. Hood and Tracey, his paralegal are very professional and dependable. I would definitely use them again.valdena lawrence, 2022/07/10
Our experience with The Law Offices of David Hood was extremely pleasant. Mr. Hood is very knowledgeable and helpful. Tracey Weiland was very helpful and patient with our special needs. They were there during a difficult process for us. Went out of their way to explain things and walk us through the legal process. Thanks so much. Highly recommend their practice.brenda deamer, 2022/09/06
The thing that I love most about them is that they listened to me thoroughly and didn’t try to interrupt until I was finished. Everything was related to me in layman’s terms and they made sure to ask that if I had any questions about anything. The fact that David came down from Columbia just to speak with me in person spoke VOLUMES TO ME! Peter, Ali and everyone that had a hand in case were always very professional and I always knew what was going on with anything involving my case. They took my case when a prominent firm in my city stated that they couldn’t help me so I feel very BLESSED that I had them fighting for me. A GODSENT!Mark McDomick, 2021/06/09
Your rights under South Carolina’s law
Workers’ comp is a no-fault system that protects workers who suffer on the job injuries, but shields their bosses from being liable. Injured workers may be able to get a range of things, such as:
- Medical care
- Partial wages
- Partial and total disability, and comp for scarring
- Death payment
Access should be simple. The worker reports the injury to the employer and files a claim with the insurance carrier. The employer must report the incident within 10 days to the South Carolina Workers’ Comp Commission, which follows the progress of the claim. However, the real process can be much harder.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is considered a workplace injury?
South Carolina is a "no fault" workers' comp state. If the injury happened on the job, it should be covered. There are some exceptions: being drunk or on drugs, doing something intentionally to cause an injury, or trying to rip off the employer.
When should you file a Workers' Compensation Claim?
Immediately! If you wait, your employer could claim the injury happened at home, and/or outside of work hours.
What are the Workers' Compensation maximum rates?
Two-thirds of your average weekly wage. But, it's capped at $963.37 per week (in 2022).
Common reasons for denying workers’ comp claims
Workers are covered for all injuries that occur “in the course of employment” and “arise out of employment.” Courts have (in general) found those phrases to mean that the injury occurred while the worker was doing something that helped the boss. However, bosses often deny that an injury was work related because:
- The injury is due to the employee’s willful act, such as horseplay.
- It was an act of self-harm.
- The accident was because the employee was drunk from alcohol or illegal drugs.
- The injury was the result of an attack for personal reasons.
Whether your injury qualifies as work related depends on the facts and the context. An accident that occurs at a company party or picnic can be work related if the facts show that it was not strictly social. A skilled workers’ comp lawyer can help you build a forceful case to appeal your claim and get you what you deserve.
Contact a South Carolina workers’ comp attorney to fight for you today!
David Hood and his team are here to help you and your family. Because they provide the legal knowhow needed to appeal your claims and resolve issues that block access to your benefits. To schedule a free consult, call us at 843-491-6025. You can also reach any of our statewide locations by email, text or chat, 24/7. Remember, there are deadlines, so take action now to protect yourself!