Richland County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers
Making Workers’ Compensation Work for You
When you are injured on the job, it can affect so many aspects of your life. You may worry about the impact an injury will have on your relationships at work, and on the sense of security you have at your workplace. You may worry about the strain being out of work will place on your family and your lifestyle. You may be stressed and fearful as the bills associated with your recovery begin to mount.
An injury can occur no matter what industry or setting you work. Construction accidents are very common, but injuries can easily occur anywhere, including in an office setting. Sometimes accidents happen because of dangerous working conditions. Your employer is responsible for maintaining a workplace that is clean and free of hazards, where you can do your job without the fear of being injured.
Your employer is also responsible for providing appropriate training and any safety gear that may be necessary. Your workplace should also have plans in place in case of emergencies, with procedures that must be followed to ensure responsive action to any accidents.
Even under the best of circumstances, accidents can occur. Some of the most common workplace accidents include:
- Slipping or Tripping: This is a common cause of injury that can occur because of wet, slippery floors, or messy, debris-covered surfaces.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries: When your work requires you to perform the same motion over and over for a long period of time, it can result in strain and pain that may be temporary or permanent. One of the most common repetitive motion injuries is carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: A work-related motor vehicle accident should be covered by Workers’ Compensation if you drive as part of your job; if you were driving on a work-related activity when the accident occurred; or if you were a passenger in either of those scenarios.
- Occupational Illness: Mesothelioma, a rare but deadly disease caused by exposure to asbestos, is a prime example of an occupational illness, which is an illness or a disease that is connected to the circumstances of a person’s job.
- Struck against or struck by: A struck-against injury happens when an employee falls or is pushed into a stationery object. When an object is dropped from a higher level or falls off a shelf, a serious struck-by injury can occur.
- Overexertion: Overexertion occurs when a worker lifts, pulls, pushes, or throws something. It is one of the most common workplace injuries.
- Caught-between and caught-in injuries: When a worker is trapped in or crushed by heavy equipment or becomes entangled in machinery, severe injuries can occur – including accidental amputations. These are serious accidents that can be fatal.
- Falls: When a worker falls from a ladder, a roof, from scaffolding, or down a flight of steps, the consequences can be life-altering.
- Workplace Violence: Acts of violence can and do occur at work, and the injuries have ranged from minor to life-ending.
Workers’ Compensation was designed to make it easier for workers hurt on the job to recover needed benefits. It provides medical treatment, ongoing care, and compensation for wages that are lost due to a work-related illness or injury.
Richland County Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Work for Your Financial Recovery and Peace of Mind
We can help to minimize the impact a work injury has on your life. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on the job, the Richland County Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. fight for the compensation you need and deserve. 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.