Workers’ Compensation Benefits Lawyers
Designed to assist eligible employees that have been injured on the job, Workers’ compensation benefits entitle workers to both medical benefits and wage benefits. However, there are stipulations in regard to benefits. For instance, an employee must be actively employed at the time of the incident, and their injury or illness must be related to or caused by tasks or responsibilities pertaining to their assigned job position. Wage benefits are typically awarded to the employee when their doctor takes them off of work for at least seven days. Additionally, their medical treatment must be approved.
Typically, when an employee is hurt or injured in the workplace, they notify their employer, filing a workers’ compensation claim for benefits. In turn, the employer notifies the state as well as its workers’ compensation insurance carrier, and a representative contacts the injured employee.
While the process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits may appear straightforward in print, it is riddled with complexities. Employees often feel as though they are at the mercy of their employer and insurance carrier. If you’ve been injured on the job, you may have the following questions:
- Will I be compensated for missing time from work due to my injury?
- What type of medical treatment can I be compensated for?
- How is the compensation rate determined?
- Can I get reimbursed for travel expenses?
- Am I entitled to get a second opinion if I am not satisfied with the doctor or treatment prescribed to me by my employer’s insurance carrier?
- Will I be able to receive benefits if I am released to light duty?
- Who sends me a weekly or monthly check?
At Wern Lawyers, we understand that job-related injuries are serious, and they may result in long-term consequences for employees and their families. We also realize that the process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits is not without debate.
To ensure that your workers’ compensation claim is handled properly and your questions are answered truthfully, the workers’ compensation benefits attorneys at Wern Lawyers in North Charleston invite you to call today.
Workers’ Compensation Procedures
For employees throughout the South Carolina Lowcountry, as well as Summerville and St. George, Wern Lawyers in North Charleston maintain a practice focus on personal injury and workers’ compensation cases. We know that any injury sustained on the job can greatly interfere with an employee’s ability to provide for their family’s future, especially if the injury is not treated. To successfully navigate the process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits, employees are encouraged to adhere to the following procedures if they suffer any type of injury at work:
- Report your workplace injury to your employer or supervisor immediately, even if you suspect that the injury is minor. Explain that you have been injured, and report the exact date, time and location.
- Seek medical care quickly. While your employer’s insurance carrier may suggest a doctor for you to see, you have the right to choose your own doctor.
- Keep a log of details related to your injury such as the date of the incident, any witnesses that were present and who you spoke to about the injury.
- Contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Wern Lawyers.
With a reputation for excellence, both inside and outside of the courtroom, the workers’ compensation attorneys at Wern Lawyers are happy to investigate your accident, evaluate your claim and give greater insight as you move forward. As always, our evaluation is free of charge. Contact us today to set up your consultation.