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How To Determine Permanent Disability In Workers Compensation

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A work-related injury that leaves someone permanently disabled is more common than you think. In 2021, almost 8 million people across the United States received permanent disability benefits and payments from workers’ compensation, Social Security, or the like. More than a half million recipients of disability benefits that year were new applicants. If you are left with a permanent personal injury that affects your ability to work, whether it is total disability or permanent partial disability, workers’ compensation insurance is supposed to cover you. Unfortunately, the insurance company will look for reasons to avoid paying your long-term…

What to Expect at a Workers’ Comp Hearing

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You have filed for workers’ compensation benefits in South Carolina only to have your claim denied. To receive benefits, you need to appeal the decision, which means you have to spend time negotiating with your employer and perhaps even attend a workers’ compensation hearing. For many injured workers, navigating the appeals process while recovering from injuries is too stressful. However, no one has to go it alone. An attorney is only as strong as their reputation. In 25 years, we have recovered more than $200 million for our clients. If you need a law firm that fights to win maximum compensation, keep reading to learn our process. When W…

What Are the Different Types of Workers Comp Cases?

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Injured workers in South Carolina count on workers’ compensation to help pay for medical bills and lost wages. They rely on the workers’ compensation system because that is what it should do — when you get hurt at work in South Carolina, you should be able to get workers’ compensation benefits. However, actually getting benefits can be complicated and overwhelming. You might not know what rights you have or what you should do next after you experience a work injury. The best way to learn what you should do is to talk with a South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer. It can be tempting to just take what your employer or its insurance comp…

When Does my Workers’ Comp Claim Need to be Filed?

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Workers’ compensation benefits are in place to protect almost all workers in South Carolina. Unfortunately, far too many people procrastinate when filing workers’ compensation cases after a work-related injury because they think they have plenty of time. This leads to many injured workers having their claims denied by their employer’s insurance company when they miss an important deadline. It is essential if you are an injured employee to file your workers’ compensation claim as soon as possible after your workplace injury. If you are not sure about the next steps to take, a qualified and experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can provid…

I Got COVID-19 At Work. Can I File for Work Comp Benefits?

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In the last week of August 2022, more than 12,000 reported cases of COVID-19 were reported throughout South Carolina. This was an increase from the previous week at 10,000 reported cases. Tragically, more than 18,000 South Carolinians have lost their lives due to coronavirus. Many of these deaths came from the frontlines with healthcare workers, essential workers, and first responders. Statistics show COVID-19 is still prevalent in our state, and many infected South Carolinians are left to wonder if they can file for workers’ comp. Get in touch with the passionate workers’ comp attorneys at HawkLaw, P.A. to see how we can help. Call our la…

My Boss Won’t Accommodate My Work Injury. What Should I Do?

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Sustaining an injury at work can be life-changing, and returning to work can take time. Some people are never able to work again. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Carolina witnessed 4,764 fatal occupational injuries in 2020 alone. Recovery is important, and ensuring that you are healthy enough to do the work you are assigned can be a gradual process. When your employer refuses to accommodate your work-related injury and impairment, especially if your doctor recommends reduced job duties, you have legal rights. The workers’ compensation attorneys at HawkLaw, P.A. are ready to help you if you feel that your work-related imp…

How to Determine Employee Compensation

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When someone is injured at work, unfortunately, benefits are not automatic. Even though workers’ compensation insurance in South Carolina requires that job injuries and illnesses related to working conditions are covered, it is sometimes not easy to collect what you deserve. Although benefits are defined by the law, insurance companies can make filing a claim difficult and time-consuming. You do not need extra worries or aggravation if you have a work-related injury. For help with a workers’ compensation issue, call HawkLaw for sound legal advice from our workers’ compensation lawyers. HawkLaw’s steadfast lawyers will fight for you to rece…

In South Carolina Can I Be Fired For No Reason?

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You consider yourself a hard-working employee, yet one day you may report to work and be terminated. If you lost your job unexpectedly and wrongfully, you might be feeling angry and confused about what to do next. Times like this can be stressful and challenging, and whether you are receiving workers’ comp benefits or not, you may need to take further action. If you believe you have experienced wrongful termination by your employer, the legal team at HawkLaw, P.A. is here to navigate your wrongful termination claim. Is South Carolina an At-Will Employment State? South Carolina is indeed an at-will employment state, which means that an empl…

How Is Workers Comp Related to Partial Disability?

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When you wake up and go to work, you do not expect to get injured on the job. Yet, in  2020 alone over 29,000 workers were injured in the workplace in South Carolina. This injury can be painful, and dealing with the workers’ comp claim process can be strenuous. Your day-to-day life can quickly become stressful, and you may feel overwhelmed and all alone. For these reasons, you should focus on recovering and let the passionate workers’ comp attorneys with HawkLaw deal with all the necessary paperwork and handle the legal process for you. What is Partial Disability in South Carolina? Partial disability in South Carolina is a designated categ…

Work Comp Denial in South Carolina Guide

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You do not expect that you will get injured on the job when you show up for work each day. When you suffer a workplace injury or illness, though, you want your workers’ compensation claim to be accepted. Filing a South Carolina workers’ comp claim is often a lengthy and confusing process. Insurance companies and the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission often deny claims that still have a chance of succeeding with the right legal advice. You have enough to worry about with your injuries. Let the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at HawkLaw, P.A. do the heavy lifting for you and help you get the workers’ comp benefits yo…
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