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Workers’ Compensation for Knee and Leg Injuries on the Job

Workers’ Compensation for Leg and Knee Injuries

Leg and knee injuries can and do occur on a frequent basis on the job, causing thousands of workers’ compensation cases annually. Not only can knee and leg injuries produce debilitating conditions in victims, but they can require employers to make expensive modifications in the work environment to accommodate disabled workers. Even a minor trip or fall can cause a serious leg or knee injury that will have lifelong effects on the person who has to live with this injury.

What to Do When a Leg or Knee Accident Occurs

When an injury to the legs or knees happens, it’s important to get immediate medical attention, and then talk with a workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible. Even if an injury seems small, it can easily turn into a painful condition from lack of treatment. While the nature and severity of injuries to the legs, knees, feet and ankles can vary greatly, it’s vital to seek the care of a medical professional for a proper diagnosis and care of a workplace injury of this type.

Obviously, many cases of leg and knee injuries occur in work environments where employees are walking and standing for long periods of time, such as warehouses, construction sites, retail stores, restaurants and hospitals. However, knee and leg injuries can also occur in other more stationary assignments, such as those typically seen in office jobs and even truck drivers. It’s not uncommon for long work hours and lack of safety training to lead to injuries to the ligaments and bones in these overused areas of the body.

Getting Legal Help for Leg and Knee Injuries

If an injury occurs while on the company clock, employees have the right to file for workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses like emergency care, physical therapy, medication and surgery to correct damage to the legs and knees. Muscles and tendons can take a long time to heal following an injury, so having access to worker’s compensation benefits can also provide financial support when you are not able to report to work for regular duty.

The advised course of action as a victim of a leg or knee injury is to consult with a seasoned workers’ compensation lawyer for help. Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC. has the resources and support to help you get a proper diagnosis for your leg or knee injury with a certified workers’ compensation doctor. Don’t let your employer tell you when you are ready to come back to work – get an objective medical opinion before you return to the job. You’ll be in great hands when you contact Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC. for help with the worker’s compensation process.

For more information about Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC. and our team of experienced workers’ compensation attorneys, please call us at 803-799-7900 or click here to send us an email.

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Workers Compensation and Shoulder Injuries

Workers’ Compensation for Shoulder Injuries on the Job

Did you know that one of the more common of workers’ compensation accidents is that of should injuries? This is especially true in jobs that happen in industrial settings where the use of the shoulders in every aspect of work can cause damage over time. The shoulder muscles are a very complex set of unique muscles, tendons that connect via joints to the back, neck and chest of every human. When this area of the body experiences stress or a sudden impact, the shoulder can be irreparably injured and cause severe ongoing pain for a worker. Let’s review some of the common types of workers’ compensable shoulder injury.

The Major Types of Shoulder Injury at Work

The most frequently seen workers’ compensation claims for should injuries involve a torn rotator cuff, which is the part of the shoulder that stabilizes and connects the arm to the shoulder blade. The shoulder essentially “floats” in the space between the shoulder blades and so these tendons perform a very important function in keeping the arm in alignment. Additionally, the rotator cuff allows the arm to turn in a complete 360 degree socket, so when this area is hurt at work, it is usually torn in some area of the tendons.

Dislocated shoulders are the second-most common form of shoulder injury on the job. This can occur when the arms or the back are suddenly pulled out of position. If this happens at work, it is most likely due to another form of industrial or motor vehicle accident or impact on the body. Shoulders that become dislocated can be treated medically, but they are extremely painful and may require months of physical and drug therapy to overcome.

Another shoulder injury that can happen at work is bursitis, which generally develops over time. This occurs when there is a build-up of fluid found naturally in joints. Workers compensation claims can be filed if the bursitis is caused by repetitive motion that wears on the joints and bones in the shoulders, elbows, knees and more. Bursitis can be treated, but ongoing medication and more ergonomic work conditions must happen for the best results.

There is also a problem that more working Americans are dealing with called tendonitis. This is a painful condition that most often develops as a result of overuse of the hands, arms, and shoulders in workers. Tendonitis involves inflammation in the tendons and can cause years of active pain and mobility issues if not addressed. Many employees, particularly those who use their upper torso, hands and arms for hours on end with no breaks, get tendonitis that can generate workers’ compensation claims.

While some shoulder injuries can be prevented by modifying work habits, using more ergonomic equipment an allowing the body to take frequent rests, some employers either do not care or do not take precautions to stop shoulder injuries. If you have developed pain in your shoulders or have suffered an injury to your shoulder area, then it’s important to report this to your workers’ compensation personnel for medical attention. If you are not getting the support you need, then you will want to contact a personal injury attorney at Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC. who can help you prove your workers’ compensation case. We have helped thousands of should injury victims get the workers’ compensation benefits and financial settlements they deserve to live a pain-free life.

Get in touch with our caring team of workers’ compensation attorneys on the case today to help you get the benefits you need to get back to health. Call us at 803-799-7900, or click here to send us an email.

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Workers Compensation: What to Do When Your Claim is Denied

Workers’ Compensation – Know Your Rights

One of the worst case scenarios for a worker who has been injured on the job is having your claim denied by your employer. As if getting hurt at work isn’t bad enough, not being able to pay your medical and household bills while out of work can be a major financial disaster. All employees are entitled to receiving workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of the type of injury. As long as you were hurt on the job and the injury is severe enough to prevent you from working at full capacity, you are eligible for workers’ compensation to cover your medical bills and loss of income while you recover.

When A Workers’ Compensation Claim is Denied

What the HR person at your workplace won’t tell you is that the workers’ compensation company does NOT have your best interests in mind. Instead, the insurance company that provides workers’ compensation protection does so because it has interests in collecting premiums from companies with the hopes that the company will never have to file an actual workers’ compensation claim in the future.

Not much different from regular health insurance process, is it? As long as you are not hurt or sick, insurance companies get rich and everyone’s happy. Or so it seems. Until a hard working person like you actually gets injured as a result of an accident at work, and then the “real fun” begins. You file a workers’ compensation claim by filing out an incident report, get medically treated and then find out if you will be able to go back to work or not. If the injury is serious enough, the emergency room doctor and any follow up doctors you see will most likely recommend you take some time off from work. Then the claim is denied and this time off eats into your personal sick time, which you’ve worked hard to earn. Then what?

The first step when your workers’ compensation claim is denied is to get on the phone with a personal injury lawyer at Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC. This simple step can make the difference between your rights being protected, or falling victim to the thousands of unscrupulous workers’ compensation claim agents who are working hard to make sure you don’t get your benefits. Your personal injury attorney at Bernstein and Bernstein will review your case with you and come up with a game plan to get you the maximum amount possible.. We will work together to let the workers’ compensation company know you deserve to have your medical bills, personal expenses and income covered while you go through the therapy you need to get back on your feet.

Get in touch with our caring team of workers’ compensation attorneys on the case today to help you get the benefits you need to get back to health. Call us at 803-799-7900, or click here to send us an email.

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Workers’ Compensation and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Getting Workers’ Compensation for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Did you know that Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is becoming a more common injury due to a growing requirement of computer use in the workplace? In the last decade, the number of workers’ compensation claims has increased due to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome in workers across all industries. In the United States alone, about 1 in 20 workers will suffer from some form of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, which will cause pain and surgery so that work will become impossible. It is estimated by OSHA that each year Carpal Tunnel Syndrome costs on average $30,000 per incidence in loss of work time and medical costs.

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS) is injury to the soft tissues and tendons near the wrist due to repetitive motions and stress in the workplace. This injury causes swelling, which pinches the nerves in the carpal tunnel passage of the wrist. Over time, an individual who has CTS may experience bouts of significant discomfort, numbness, tingling and loss of grip in the hand, wrist, and arm. Women suffer from CTS three times as much as men, due to the more delicate form of the female wrist.

While CTS is thought of to occur only in workers who work with hands, it can also occur with those who must carry out the same tasks daily. These tasks can be assembly, material handling, telephone use, typing at a computer, or even routine cleaning. Anyone can get CTS and it can cause a lot of pain and disfigurement if left untreated.

The issue with filing workers’ compensation claims for CTS is that employers will often try to shift responsibility for this progressive syndrome onto employees, rather than making ergonomic changes to the work environment to prevent it. However, if you have developed CTS as a result of the work you do, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to get treatment and paid time off from work to recover.

Find Workers Compensation Help for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The most effective way to get help when filing workers’ compensation claims for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is to talk with a lawyer experienced in defending employees with this disorder. Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC. has worked with hundreds of clients who have successfully fought for medical treatment and compensation as a result of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome injury on the job. We have the expertise and resources you need to get you the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.

Get in touch with our workers’ compensation attorneys to help you get the benefits you need.  Call us at 803-799-7900, or email law@bernsteinandbernstein.com.

Workers’ Compensation and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

Workers’ Compensation Benefits for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

A growing number of workers are experiencing a condition called Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also sometimes referred to as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This relatively unknown syndrome occurs when an injury to the nerves or soft tissue is left untreated and then causes chronic pain in one or more of the extremities. Over time, RSD can produce multiple points of pain, which radiates through the body, making it difficult or impossible to hold down meaningful employment. Cases of RSD are on the rise as employees are forced to multi-task and put in longer hours at work.

How is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Related to Workers’ Compensation?

You may not be surprised to hear that RSD is a direct result of not being properly treated for minor workplace injuries. While most on-the-job injuries are reported, a vast majority of employees never seek medical treatment for falls or strains, or pain in the back and neck due to long stressful shifts. Over time, employees may experience so much pain that they are forced to take a sick day or become dependent on pain medicines. Workers may just see pain as a normal part of the workday.

However, you should know that pain at work is not normal and should be given proper medical care to get to the root of the issue. In some cases, this pain may signify a case of RSD, which needs prompt medical attention and rehabilitation. During this time, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and time off work while undergoing treatment. However, getting workers’ compensation and proving that RSD is as a result of work injury is another matter.

Legal Help for Getting Workers’ Compensation for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy

If you have been diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or if you think your chronic pain may be as a result of RSD, it’s time to consult with an attorney experienced in workers’ compensation claims. Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC has the resources and support to help you get a proper diagnosis with a certified workers’ compensation doctor. We also help you go through the process of filing for workers’ compensation step-by-step so that you can prove that RSD is a result of your workplace and the work you do. Then you can get back to feeling better and getting the right treatment for this challenging disorder.

Call Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC. and find out how we can help you get workers’ compensation for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy. 803-799-7900

Workers’ Compensation Without the Run Around

Workers’ Compensation Without the Run Around

Workers’ Compensation Challenges

If you’ve been seriously injured at work, you have the right to file for worker’s compensation benefits immediately. However, expect that this may not be an easy process. To file a claim, you must be able to prove the actual nature of your injuries. You also have to be able to prove that you cannot work for a while until your body heals. Oftentimes, this can cause challenges with getting the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled.

Being unfamiliar with the administrative processes that go with filing for workers’ compensation can cause difficulties as well. Your employer may give you the run around and try to make you feel responsible for the injury. Additionally, the insurance company may try to convince you that your injury isn’t that serious. You may worry about losing your job. All of these factors can cause you to miss out on full benefits or force you to go back to work too soon.

The worst-case scenario is that you may be denied of any workers’ compensation benefits. It’s important for you to know that the purpose of workers’ compensation is to cover medical expenses and bills for employees who are injured on the job. These expenses can range in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, particularly when an injury takes months to recover. Remember, workers’ comp is there for the benefit of injured employees, not for employers.

Hire an Experienced Attorney who Specializes in Workers Compensation

The best way to avoid the run around when filing workers’ compensation is to hire an experienced work injury lawyer. At Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC., we’re experienced in helping you get the best possible results from your workers’ compensation claim. This will set your mind at ease while you recover from your work related injuries.

Our team of workers’ compensation experts will present a strong case for you, proving the full extent of your injuries and the required recovery time you need. We’ll walk you through the process to ensure that you get fair compensation for your injuries, no matter who was at fault. At Bernstein and Bernstein, LLC., we are dedicated to making sure you get every cent that you are entitled, as well as full medical and rehabilitative care you need to get back on your feet.

Put our experienced team of workers’ compensation lawyers on the case today to help you get the benefits you deserve. Call us today at 803-799-7900.

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Overview of Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina

Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina

In South Carolina and throughout the United States, there are strict health and safety standards with which employers in all types of professions must comply. All of the guidelines have been designed with the safety of workers in mind, and have been enacted to prevent dangerous and deadly accidents from occurring in the workplace. Small and large companies and corporations must provide all employees with a work environment that is free of harm and avoidable hazards.

In addition to providing a safe work environment, employers are responsible for providing workers with proper training in regards to all work duties, safe machinery use and the avoidance of work hazards. Many employers choose to disregard these safety guidelines, placing their workers at risk for serious injuries and fatalities.

What is Workers’ Compensation Law?

Workers’ compensation laws in South Carolina protect the rights employees who are injured on the job and provide these employees compensation for their injury or illness. Having these laws helps control the financial risks for employers since many states limit the amount an injured employee can recover from an employer.

Specifically, workers’ compensation is insurance that employers are required by South Carolina law to have in case an employee is injured on the job, becomes ill due to circumstances surrounding the job, becomes temporarily or permanently disabled on the job, or dies as a result of the job. All employers who have four or more part-time or full-time employees must provide workers’ compensation insurance. It is the law in all 50 states.

Workers’ compensation generally includes medical, surgical and hospital services, dental services, crutches, hearing aids, chiropractic treatment, physical therapy, nursing care, and prescribed medications. You may be eligible for additional monetary compensation if you are temporarily unable to work for more than a certain number of calendar days set by state law, hospitalized as an in-patient, or become permanently disabled due to a job-related injury or illness. The right to receive medical treatment at the employer’s expense typically continues as long as treatment is reasonable and necessary to treat the injury.

If you need help filing a workers’ compensation claim in South Carolina, please contact Bernstein and Bernstein at 803-799-7900.

How to Fight a DUI Charge in South Carolina

If you need to fight a DUI Charge in South Carolina, Bernstein and Bernstein can help.

Politely Cooperate with Authorities, Except with the Breathalyzer Test!

From the time that you are pulled over on suspicion of DUI, you are starting to put together your case for the court.  Every disrespectful action and comment that you make with the officers on the scene could come back to haunt you in front of a judge.  For that reason, you need to be polite and cooperative with the officers, doing all that they ask, except when asked to take a breathalyzer test.  For now, these tests are not mandatory in South Carolina, so you have a right to refuse.  The officer will probably inform you that you will automatically lose your license for refusing, which is true.  However, your attorney can usually get you a temporary permit to use until you go to court.

Reasons to Refuse a Breathalyzer when Charged with a DUI

Although it seems like it would be unwise to refuse anything that the officers ask you to do when pulled over, the breathalyzer’s results can do great harm to you in court.  These tests are very sensitive and the results are considered hard evidence against you in court.  It is much better for your case to have the officers state that you politely refused to take the test, but were cooperative in all other ways when you were pulled over.  Without the breathalyzer test, it becomes your word against the officer’s word, which makes it much easier for your criminal defense attorney to prove your innocence.

Cooperating with Your Criminal Defense Attorney

Even if some aspects of the experience of being pulled over for a DUI charge are embarrassing, or if what happened during the night leading up to the arrest causes concern to you, it is important for your criminal defense team to know every detail of what happened that night.  This is the only way for them to put together a case in your defense, being prepared for every situation that the prosecution might throw at you.  If you have already told them your story, but later remember other facts that you left out, be sure to inform the defense team immediately.  In this way, they will best be able to help you fight the DUI charge.

If you have been charged with a DUI in South Carolina and want to know more about how to fight a DUI charge in South Carolina, call us today at 803-799-7900.

Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney in Columbia, South Carolina

Qualities of an Experienced Attorney

If you have been charged with drug possession or other crime which can carry a heavy sentence in court, it is extremely important to seek out an experienced criminal defense attorney.  A good defense lawyer is essential to winning your case, or at least reducing the sentence that is given if you are convicted of the crime with which you have been charged.  Criminal defense attorneys know what the current laws are in South Carolina, even if they have recently changed, so that they can determine what the best course of action is for your case.  They also know the exceptions that exist within in the law, as well as what facts will help or hurt your case so that you have the best possibility of a “not guilty” verdict.

Present all the Facts about the Criminal Charge

Your defense team will best be able to argue your case if it is fully aware of all circumstances surrounding the crime with which you have been charged.  No matter how embarrassing or uncomfortable certain facts might be, it is important that your attorney is aware of them.  That way he or she can determine what the prosecution might bring up in court and have a ready answer for any argument the prosecution poses.  Your attorney does not want to be surprised in court.  Not only does it make him or her look bad, but more importantly, it hurts your case and decreases your chances of winning your case.  Honesty about the facts with your defense attorney is the first step towards a verdict in your favor.

Patiently Awaiting Trial in South Carolina

Moving through the court process in South Carolina often takes a lot of time.  Be patient during the process and use it to your advantage.  If you have lost your license or have had other sanctions applied to your with the criminal charge, your defense lawyer can often get these lifted until trial.  The time that you have before going to court also gives you the ability to review the facts that you have told your lawyer to make sure you have not omitted any important information.  In addition, it gives your criminal defense attorney the time to prepare you for your court appearance so that you can tell your side of the case with clarity.

Let us help you find the best criminal defense team in South Carolina.  Call us today at 803-799-7900.

 

If You Have Been Charged with Drug Possession, What Are Your Options?

What Are You Charged with and Where Are You Located?

Punishments for those arrested and charged with drug possession can vary greatly.  If you are found guilty of having only a small amount of illegal drugs on your person or in your vehicle, your punishment would be less than for someone who is found guilty of having a larger quantity or an intent to distribute the drugs.  Also, each state has different laws that cover drug possession.  South Carolina’s laws are stricter than other states in the United States, so your sentence could include longer jail time, higher fines, mandatory rehabilitation programs, and more.  Either way, if you are convicted of these charges, it will seriously disrupt your life.

What Is Your Best Criminal Defense?

Because a conviction of a drug offense in South Carolina can carry such high consequences, it is essential that you do not try to represent yourself.  Oftentimes, these cases can be settled with a guilty plea (if indeed you are guilty) after your attorney has made arrangements for you to get a minimum sentence.  If you try to represent yourself, you don’t know what all of your options are according to law, what new laws might pertain to your case, and what your best argument might be before the judge.  An experienced criminal defense lawyer can listen to the facts surrounding the case and put together the best defense for you so that you can get the charges dropped, or at least get only a minimal sentence.

What Facts Are Important to Your Criminal Defense?

All of them!  It is essential that you are completely honest with your criminal defense attorney.  If not, you could hinder the defense that your attorney is able to provide you.  The last thing you want to happen when you go to court is for the prosecution to bring up a fact that you neglected to tell your attorney beforehand.  Instead, by being honest from the beginning and sharing all of the details you can think of that pertain to your case, your attorney will be able to decide what your best options are before stepping into the courtroom.  Your attorney can be prepared for any attacks the prosecution might have, and can strengthen your drug possession case so that the most favorable outcome can be achieved.

If you have been charged with drug possession and are not sure what your options are, give us a call today at 803-799-7900.  You don’t have to do it on your own.