outh Carolina Worker’s Compensation laws protect victims of workplace accidents that caused personal injuries or wrongful death. The responsible employer or business can be held liable for the injuries and many of the costs involved. Injuries such as back problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, broken bones, paralysis, spinal cord injuries, burns, and other complications can lead to life changing disabilities and difficulties for the victims as well as their families.
An injured worker can recover medical expenses, lost earnings and disability benefits even if the employer did not outright cause the workplace accident or injury. If you were injured at work, or if a family member was killed on the job, the law firm of Goldfinch Winslow, LLC is here for your free case review.
Unfortunately, in the United States there were nearly 3 million injuries in 2011 that occurred in the workplace, and countless preventable illnesses. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), 4,383 workers were killed on the job in 2012 for an average of more than 84 deaths a week – nearly 12 deaths every day.
Even here at home in South Carolina workers are injured or killed on the job every day. Workplace injuries can range from relatively minor sprains and strains to life-threatening health problems. Injuries and deaths can be caused by falling objects, falls from ladders or scaffolding, vehicle accidents, excessive lifting, repetitive motion trauma, dangerous chemicals, and slippery surfaces.
Damages in a Worker’s Compensation case can include:
Compensation for personal injuries, pain, and suffering
Lost wages and earnings
Medical expenses and hospital bills
Permanent disabilities, disfigurement, and scars
Physical therapy and rehabilitation
The Loss of financial support and benefits
Funeral expenses and burial costs
If you are hurt on the job your first step should be to immediately report the accident to your supervisor and then seek appropriate medical treatment. Your employer will typically have the right to select your treating doctor, so begin there first. Next, call a skilled workers’ compensation attorney at Goldfinch Winslow, LLC. There is no obligation, and no strings are attached — contact us today!