Were you injured at work? Are you wondering how you are going to provide for yourself and your family? Fortunately, workers’ compensation laws are in place to help ease the burden of work injuries.
Wisconsin enacted the first comprehensive workers’ compensation law in 1911. Nine other states passed regulations that year, followed by 36 others before the decade was out. South Carolina enacted its workers’ compensation law on September 1, 1935.
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is the legal framework in South Carolina to protect workers that suffer an injury or contract an illness as a result of their job.
Essentially, the system works like this: when a worker becomes injured, rather than sue their employer, they can file a claim for compensation through the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance for medical benefits and compensation.
Unlike car accidents or other personal injury claims, the central system of workers’ compensation is “no-fault” insurance. Companies accepted that industrial accidents are a fact of life and the system exists to deal with their financial consequences in as quick a manner as possible. In exchange for their involvement, employers have the benefit of tort exemption for injuries covered by workers’ compensation.
Unfortunately, it is also a system that is unpredictable, and all too often workers are wrongfully denied the benefits they so desperately need. In these unique situations, an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help unlock the benefits workers are entitled to, and remember, you are entitled to benefits, even if you caused the accident.
Contact our Simpsonville Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Our office is devoted to protecting the rights of injured workers, and we can help you take the next steps to recover from your injury. To discuss your options and find out more about how we can help, contact our experienced workers’ compensation attorney at (864) 757-0757 today.
We provide free initial consultations, and if needed, we make house and hospital visits.