Need a Workers’ Comp Lawyer that Serves Rock Hill, SC?
If you are injured on the job in Rock Hill, SC, who is going to help you to file your claim and get the maximum compensation that you are entitled to under SC law and the facts of your case?
Who will care about the medical bills and the lost wages you experience because you were hurt
while making money for your employer?
In a perfect world, your employer will help you to file your claim, and your employer’s insurance company will promptly begin payment of your benefits.
We don’t live in a perfect world, however, and insurance companies care about one thing –
Your Rock Hill, SC area workers’ compensation attorney can help you to file your workers’ comp claim, present your medical evidence to the workers’ compensation commission, and file any appeals that are needed to get your claim approved.
When your employer’s insurance company denies your claim or tries to pay less than the full compensation you deserve, or if you want to maximize your chance of getting full compensation from the beginning of the claims process, call a workers’ compensation attorney now.
Your Rock Hill area workers’ comp law firm will be there with you at every stage of the claims process including preparing your medical evidence, filing your claim, and presenting your evidence to the workers’ compensation commission.
The workers’ compensation law firm of J. Bradley Baker will fight to help you to recover the full benefits to which you are entitled after an on-the-job injury.
Rock Hill, SC area workers’ compensation lawyer J. Bradley Baker is committed to getting maximum compensation for clients.
Rockhill, SC area workers’ compensation lawyer J. Bradley Baker will work hard to help you recover the maximum compensation you deserve for your on-the-job injury, including :
- Filing your workers’ compensation claim,
- Negotiating with the insurance company to get full and fair compensation for your injuries,
- Obtaining an independent medical opinion when necessary,
- Gathering the medical evidence you will need to present to the workers’ compensation commission,
- Presenting your medical evidence to the commission,
- Filing any necessary appeals, and
- Helping you to maximize your impairment rating and negotiate your final settlement if you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) and still have a total or partial permanent disability.
Your workers’ compensation law firm in the Rock Hill, SC area is here for you at every stage of your proceedings. We do much more than just file your claim – we will help you to gather the evidence you need to prove your claim, get a second medical opinion when appropriate, and help you to maximize both your temporary benefits and your final settlement.
How the workers’ compensation process works in Rock Hill, SC:
What are your rights under SC’s workers’ compensation laws, and how do you enforce them in court?
Workers’ Compensation Claims in Rock Hill, SC
When you are injured on the job, your first step is to report the accident to your employer.
Although you have 90 days to report an on-the-job injury, don’t wait – report the accident immediately because, if you do not, your employer’s insurance company may use the delay as an excuse to deny your claim.
How do you file the claim?
Your employer should provide you with the paperwork and help you to file your claim. If they do not, you or your attorney will need to file the claim and request a hearing with the workers’ compensation commission.
If your employer’s insurance company denies your claim or tries to get away with only paying a portion of your claim, you can 1) request a contested hearing with the workers’ compensation commission and 2) file any necessary appeals to get your benefits approved.
How Much Does Workers’ Compensation Pay?
The amount of compensation you receive from a workers’ compensation claim in Rock Hill, SC, depends on 1) the type of injury you suffered and 2) how your injury affects your ability to perform your job.
For example, workers’ comp might pay:
- Your medical expenses – doctor bills, hospital bills, surgery costs, medications, medical equipment, or long-term care,
- Temporary wage replacement benefits of 66 ⅔ percent of your average weekly wage,
- Death and funeral benefits for a deceased employee’s family, or
- Permanent wage replacement benefits based on partial or total permanent disability.
Workers’ Compensation Hearings in Rock Hill, SC
What if your workers’ claim is denied or they only agree to pay part of your claim? What now?
When your claim is denied or limited – including when there is a denial of your initial claim for temporary benefits, a denial of your claim for permanent benefits, or a mistake in your disability rating that affects the amount of your final settlement, you can request a hearing before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission:
- A request for the workers’ compensation commissioner to review the insurance company’s decision to deny your benefits,
- If you are not satisfied with the decision of the single Commissioner, you may appeal to the Full Commission (a three-commissioner panel),
- The SC Court of Appeals, and
- The SC Supreme Court.
Types of Injuries Workers’ Compensation Covers in SC
Workers’ compensation covers “accidental injuries” that “arise out of and in the course of employment.”
Fault is not relevant – whether it is your fault, a coworker’s fault, or your employer’s fault, you are covered if you are injured “on the clock” and you were acting in the course and scope of your employment at the time of the injury.
Some common workplace injuries that are covered by workers’ compensation insurance include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and other “repetitive trauma injuries,”
- Exposure to harmful chemicals that results in occupational diseases like respiratory illness, dermatitis, or cancer,
- Hearing loss,
- Loss of vision,
- Broken bones,
- Electrical shocks and burns,
- Spinal cord injuries,
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI),
- Vision and hearing injuries,
- Injuries caused by slip and fall, trip and fall, or falls from heights,
- Auto accidents,
- Forklift accidents, and
- Injuries caused by machinery in the workplace.
People continue to retain The law firm of J. Bradley Baker and recommend us to friends and coworkers based on our workers’ compensation attorney’s years of experience fighting for the rights of injured workers in the Rock Hill, SC area.
Rock Hill, SC area workers’ compensation lawyer J. Bradley Baker:
- Has nearly 30 years of legal experience,
- Understands the common defenses insurance companies use to try to avoid paying your benefits,
- Knows the workers’ compensation commissioners, and the procedure for getting your claim approved, and
- Cares about his clients and the hardships that their families are facing after an on-the-job injury.
If you want personal attention from a workers’ compensation attorney who listens closely to your concerns, answers all of your questions, and keeps you up to date on what’s happening with your case throughout the entire process, call J. Bradley Baker today.
We will help you get the maximum compensation that you deserve! Call 803-356-2800 for your free consultation today.