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How Are South Carolina Workers Comp Disputes Resolved?

Posted in Workers Compensation on January 23, 2019

After an injury, you’ll need to seek compensation as soon as possible for your suffering. The debt following a work accident can be devastating, and you and your family don’t need that stress. Fortunately, your workers comp should cover you, right?

Unfortunately, your employer might dispute your claim. They may say you weren’t injured at work, that you didn’t file on time, or that your injuries didn’t meet the definitions set by the state of South Carolina. They may claim you’re ineligible, and if so, you’ll need to fight back for your compensation.

So, how are South Carolina workers comp disputes resolved? Fortunately, you can fight back and get your case resolved with the right help on your side: a good South Carolina workman’s comp attorney. Be prepared to fight back and get the workers compensation benefits you deserve.

Informal Meetings

After your denial, look over your denial letter for the reason you were denied. This reason should be listed on your letter, and your lawyer can help you determine how to address your denial. For example, the insurer or your employer may claim you weren’t injured enough, so you may need to supply further medical proof of your injury.

Once you’ve gathered the evidence you need, you’ll first need to schedule a meeting with your employer and their workers comp insurance provider. This initial meeting will be an informal discussion of your condition and your denial. You’ll talk to your employer about their denial and present the evidence you have to support yourself and your injury.

Unfortunately, this may not be enough to convince them that you were injured. If they refuse to work with you and settle your workers comp claim, you’ll need to speak to the South Carolina workers compensation commissioner.  

Hearings with the Commissioner

When your employer refuses to settle and you still believe that you’re owed compensation, you’re not out of options. Instead of accepting your expenses, schedule a hearing with the work comp commissioner and your attorney.