Workers injured in South Carolina have important workers’ compensation benefits to be familiar with that they should know how to access and obtain when needed. Workers’ compensation benefits are one of the most important protections injured workers in South Carolina have.
Workers’ compensation benefits include several important types of benefits that can help injured workers and their families through a difficult period. Workers’ compensation benefits include medical treatment; wage loss for time they are unable to work because of their injuries; vocational rehabilitation, and compensation for permanent disability and disfigurement.
Injured workers in South Carolina have up to 90 days to report a workplace injury to their employer but are also advised to report a workplace injury as soon as possible. Injured workers have two years to make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. There is also a 7-day waiting period for benefits.
In addition, there is a process by which injured workers can appeal a denial of workers’ compensation benefits if their claim for benefits has not been approved. Most employers in South Carolina with greater than 4 employees are required to have workers’ compensation coverage with some exceptions. Some conditions are excluded from coverage in South Carolina so injured workers should be familiar with what the exclusions are.
Workers’ compensation benefits are oftentimes badly needed benefits for injured workers and their families which is why understanding the process and the different types of benefits available is valuable information to have. It is also helpful for injured workers to be familiar with how they can obtain those benefits and fight for them when needed.