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Overview of Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina

Date: November 23, 2015

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.