Kershaw County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Protecting Your Rights at Work is Our Job
Workplace accidents happen every single day. In fact, every year more than 4.1 million Americans suffer an injury or a work-related illness. Out of those, more than two million workers are injured badly enough that they miss work, and they need ongoing medical care.
Even more sobering is the fact that 150 Americans die every day from either occupational illness or a work-related injury – all or at least much of it preventable, according to recent statistics. Although the construction industry is statistically one of the deadliest and one that is among the most prone to non-fatal injuries, you can be injured working in an office setting – or anywhere else – as well.
But one thing is certain: If you are injured at work, you will face medical costs that may keep mounting. You may also lose time from work. You may experience pain and suffering. And you will have to navigate the increasingly complex Workers’ Compensation system to be sure you get the best care, and the maximum financial recovery for your losses.
A Safe Work Environment
It is your employer’s obligation – both legally and ethically – to create and maintain a work environment that is clean and safe. You must also be provided with appropriate training and any necessary safety gear or equipment. But even under the best of circumstances, accidents can happen.
Here are a few of the more common workplace accidents:
- Falls. Whether you fall down a staircase in an office setting, or fall from scaffolding on a construction site, the potential for a life-changing or even a deadly injury is high.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents. If you drive for a living, or if you are driving during a work-related activity – and you experience an accident, you should be entitled to Workers’ Compensation.
- Occupational Disease. When a worker is exposed to chemicals, contaminants, or even second-hand smoke over a period of time, they may develop an occupational illness. Mesothelioma is one example of this.
- Overexertion. This type of injury can occur when lifting, pushing, pulling, or throwing, and it is one of the most common workplace injuries.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is a good example of the result of this type of injury, which occurs when you repeat the same motion for a long period of time.
- Slipping or Tripping. Slipper floors… debris-strewn surfaces – these and more can contribute to a serious trip or fall.
- Struck-Against or Struck By. When a worker is struck by an object that falls from a shelf or is dropped from a high level; or when a worker is pushed into or falls into a stationary object or heavy equipment, the result can be catastrophic.
Your Workers’ Compensation Coverage
You are entitled to recovery of certain expenses if you are injured on the job. Some of these expenses may include:
- Ambulance transportation
- Medical evaluation
- Medical treatment
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Medical equipment
- Transportation costs to and from medical appointments
- Lost Wages, both past and future
- Home modifications if necessary
- Retraining if you can no longer perform your former job
- Compensation for permanent injuries
- Survivor benefits when a worker is killed in a work-related accident or dies because of a work-related illness
Kershaw County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Will Uphold Your Rights for Maximum Workers’ Compensation
If you have suffered a work injury or an occupational illness, the Kershaw County Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. will guide you through the process and uphold your rights. Please call 803-929-3600 or 800-531-9780 for a free consultation or contact us online. Our offices are conveniently located throughout South Carolina. We serve clients in Aiken County, Florence County, Kershaw County, Lancaster County, Lexington County, Newberry County, Orangeburg County, Richland County, Sumter County, and York County – including those in the towns of Aiken, Chapin, Columbia, Florence, Irmo, Lexington, Newberry, Rock Hill, Spartanburg, and Sumter.