Car crashes are confusing and painful, and unfortunately, it only gets more complicated when you have a car accident at work in South Carolina. You’ll need to know what to expect before you file anything. What workers comp benefits can you receive? Can you receive any?
This can be complex, and you might receive a denial at first, unfortunately. That’s why we suggest that you speak to a lawyer from HawkLaw, PA before you begin. Our attorneys can help you when you’ve been in an auto wreck at work and you’re not sure what to do next.
First, you’ll need to know whether you’re eligible at all for workers comp. For most workers in South Carolina, there’s nothing to worry about. Few types of workers have to worry about their compensation. However, if you’re part of any of the following groups, you may not have workers compensation and will need to seek alternative compensation:
Don’t assume, however, that not being on the above list means that you’ll definitely get compensation. Driving will need to have been a part of your work duties in order to get workers comp benefits for your injuries. For example, an accident during your lunch break might not award you with compensation, but if you were injured while running an errand for your employer, you might have a chance at benefits.
Before you file, however, you’ll need to know what those benefits are. Workman’s comp benefits vary depending on the type of injuries you received and how much compensation you need for your recovery. The insurer and your workers comp lawyer should review the amount you need and what they’ve offered for your claim.
First, you shouldn’t have to worry about your medical expenses. In South Carolina, all your medical expenses should be covered by your workers comp benefits. Any expenses included in your treatment, from surgery to therapy for emotional trauma following the accident, should be covered.
You might not be able to return to work, but fortunately, your benefits should cover this loss, as well. If you’re unable to work in any capacity, you should receive about two-thirds of your wages while you’re unable to work. This can vary when you’re unable to work or if you’re able to return in some capacity, but you should have some compensation for your lost wages.
Fortunately, when you’ve been through a car accident at work in South Carolina, you don’t have to deal with the aftermath alone. Instead, speak to a lawyer from HawkLaw, PA. Our attorneys understand how serious car accidents can be, and we know how devastating it can be when you’re denied the workers comp you need.
When you’re struggling with your car crash claim, reach out to us for assistance, starting with a free consultation*. We can be reached at 1-888-HAWK-LAW (429-5529) or through the online form below.