The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act determines how people who are hurt at work, or who develop a work-related illness, are compensated. Workers’ comp is very different from other areas of the law. It has its own set of statutes and regulations which govern the benefits to which an injured employee are entitled.
We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 facts you may not know about South Carolina workers’ compensation. We hope they help to answer some of your questions.
1. If you are injured at work in South Carolina, you may be entitled to benefits under workers’ compensation law.
2. Workers’ compensation is “no-fault.”
3. Your employer’s insurance, not your boss, will have to pay your benefits.
4. Most employees are covered under workers’ compensation laws, but there are a few exceptions, including:
5. If you are injured at work, you should report it to management right away.
6. Your employer cannot legally fire you in relation to you filing a claim.
7. Your employer’s insurance company must pay for your medical treatment from day one.
8. The employer’s insurance company must pay your travel expenses for going to the doctor if the round trip is more than ten miles.
9. If your doctor releases you to return to work with restrictions, and your employer offers you light-duty work, you must accept that work—otherwise, you will lose benefits.
10. Work-related illnesses are also covered under workers’ compensation law.
If you have been hurt at work, you will have many questions right after the accident and during your treatment and recovery.