How Are South Carolina Workers Comp Disputes Resolved?

Written by John D. Hawkins on . Posted in .

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.

This meeting will be more formal. You and your lawyer will present the evidence you have, showing that you were seriously injured while at work and that you need benefits. Then, the insurance company and their lawyer will present their evidence.

Once both sides have shared all evidence, the commissioner will make a final decision about your case. Fortunately, this should get you the compensation you deserve.

Seek Answers for Your Workers Comp Dispute

After a serious accident, you need compensation for your suffering. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to get the help you need after an on-the-job injury. There’s a chance that your employer will deny your claim, leaving you to deal with the aftermath of your injury.

Fortunately, you don’t have to deal with this alone. Instead, seek out a lawyer from HawkLaw, PA to help you take action. You’ll need someone who knows how South Carolina workers comp disputes are resolved, and you’ll need someone ready to fight back for you.

So, get the help you need today. Take advantage of our free consultations*, where we’ll discuss what we can do for you and your claim. Reach out by calling 1-888-HAWK-LAW (429-5529) or by filling out the online form below.

HawkLaw services work comp claims throughout the state of South Carolina, or at our Charleston, Greenville, Spartanburg, and Columbia law offices.

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Written By John D. Hawkins

John David Hawkins is the Founder and Owner of HawkLaw. He has been licensed to practice law in South Carolina since his graduation in 1994 from the University of South Carolina School of Law. Focusing on litigation, Mr. Hawkins is experienced handling Worker’s Compensation, Personal Injury, Social Security Disability, Administrative Law, and Criminal Law matters.

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