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Does SC Workers Comp Cover Occupational Diseases?

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When you’re hurt on the job, you may have been hurt in a single big event that left you in severe pain and a speedy trip to the hospital. Illnesses, however, aren’t so easy to get answers about. You may have gotten seriously ill at work, but does SC workers comp cover occupational diseases? 

If you’re not sure whether you’re covered, reach out to a lawyer at HawkLaw, PA. Your attorney can help you determine your claim’s worth and ensure you’re fairly compensated. 

Covering Illnesses Through SC Workers Comp

Some of us are exposed to disease because of our jobs that other people are not. That doesn’t mean illnesses like the flu—anyone can catch the flu, especially if you work with customers on a daily basis. 

Workers comp benefits instead cover illnesses you’re exposed to specifically because of your job. For example, a miner may be exposed to coal dust and asbestos, which could develop into diseases like mesothelioma and black lung disease. Doctors are exposed to biohazards like needles, so they may be at risk for contracting HIV and other diseases passed through blood or bodily fluids. 

These conditions are generally covered by your workers comp benefits. Because you wouldn’t have been exposed to these conditions due to your job, your SC workers comp lawyer can help you fight for compensation for these illnesses. They can make sure you get the care you need in these cases. 

Getting Fairly Compensated

When you’re sick because of a work-related illness, your employer should act now to ensure you get compensated fairly for your losses. However, you may have some trouble getting the compensation you’re due for your illness. Your workers comp provider may not be so willing to fairly compensate you for your losses. 

You may have already filed a claim for your workers comp insurance, but now, you’ve been denied the insurance coverage you needed for your losses. Fortunately, you have a chance to fight back. 

Your workers comp attorney can guide you through a formal hearing with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Board. It’s not easy seeking compensation alone, especially when you’re sick, so we’re ready to help you prove you were ill because of your job. 

Discuss Your Claim with a SC Workers Comp Lawyer

When you’re hurt on the job, it’s already hard enough to get compensated for your injuries. If you’ve gotten sick because of your job, you may have a tough time proving your illness is directly related to your job. But, that doesn’t mean you don’t have a chance to fight back. 

If you’re struggling to get compensated after a work illness, you may need help from the lawyers at HawkLaw, PA. Your SC workers comp should cover occupational diseases, but that doesn’t mean they’re willing to pay. Luckily, we offer free consultations for those struggling with their work-related illnesses. All you have to do is give us a call at 1-888-HAWK-LAW (429-5529) or fill out the online contact form below. 

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