Overview of South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law
The South Carolina Code of Laws includes a section entitled The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law, S.C. Code Section 42-1-10. This section of the law addresses employees’ and employers’ rights and responsibilities relating to claims arising from on-the-job injuries.
When an employee is injured on the job in South Carolina, the injured employee is entitled to medical treatment of any causally related medical condition, paid for by the employer or its insurance carrier. Additionally, the employer is required to provide transportation to such treatment, as well as translation services as needed. Such medical treatment is to be provided by the employer until the treating physician determines that the employee’s condition has reached “maximum medical improvement,” meaning that further medical treatment is unlikely to improve the employee’s condition. Notably, the employer may select the treating physician and is entitled to access to all medical records relating to the treatment.
While the injured employee is receiving medical treatment, the treating physician may hold the employee out of work to assist the employee’s recovery. If the injured employee is held out of work by the treating physician for eight or more days the employer is required to provide weekly temporary total disability payments to the employee at the rate of two-thirds of the employee’s pre-injury weekly wages.
Once the employee has reached “maximum medical improvement,” if the employee has sustained any physical impairment he or she is entitled to compensation for any resulting disability. Such disability is determined by a mathematical formula set forth in the workers’ compensation law. If an agreement is not reached between the injured employee and the employer as to the amount of such compensation the Workers’ Compensation Commission may decide the appropriate amount.
Due to the various issues that may arise during a workers’ compensation claim, including regarding treatment, temporary total disability payments, and benefits for permanent disability, an employee suffering an on-the-job injury is strongly encouraged to consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. To consult with the attorneys at Liberty Oak Law Firm, please call (843) 671-5550 or email attorney Joseph DuBois at
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