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Which Illnesses Are Covered by Workers Comp in South Carolina?

Written by John D. Hawkins on . Posted in .

Dealing with a major injury that occurred at work is already difficult. Unfortunately, you might instead be suffering from a work-related illness, which may be difficult to overcome.

Now, you’ll need to know what to expect from your case, starting with questions like, “Which illnesses are covered by workers comp in South Carolina?” If your illness is not covered, you could be left dealing with the bill. If it is covered, though, you’ll need to figure out how to get coverage for your treatment.

Fortunately, a lawyer from HawkLaw, PA can help you get the answers you need about your work illness. With a workman’s comp attorney on your side, you’ll be able to get answers and have a much better chance of getting the benefits you need sooner.

Illnesses Related to Your Employment

Fortunately, most illnesses are covered by your workers compensation insurance, as long as the illness was related to your work. For example, if you’re regularly exposed to harmful substances, you may be eligible for compensation.

For example, factory workers and miners are often exposed to asbestos, the fibers of which can cause a serious form of lung cancer called mesothelioma. If you’re an employee who’s been exposed to this material, you may then be eligible for compensation.

This law applies to any work-related illnesses. For example, if you’re exposed to dangerous substances, like biohazards, you may have gotten sick because of these substances. As such, if you’ve contracted a disease because of your employment, you may be eligible for workers comp benefits.  

Not All Illnesses Are Covered by SC Work Comp

However, that coverage doesn’t mean that you’ll be able to file for any illness. If you become ill because of your exposure to other workers, for example, you may not be able to file for compensation.

For instance, you might be around your fellow employees regularly, and now you’re sick with the flu because another employee was also sick. If another employee passed their illness on to you, you may not be eligible for workers comp because you didn’t contract the illness in the regular course of your position. You were simply exposed to the illness by another employee.

Your illness may also not be covered if it’s due to climatic factors. For example, you might have had to work outside in cold temperatures. Because of this, you became ill and were unable to work. Because your illness was because of the weather, however, your employer may not be responsible for your sickness.

Seek Out Compensation for a Work Illness

If you’re concerned about getting workers comp for your occupational illness in South Carolina, you may need to speak to an attorney first. Illnesses can be confusing when you’re suffering and in need of compensation. Worse, an illness can be more difficult for you to determine whether you contracted it because of work, and whether it’s covered or not.

Fortunately, a lawyer from HawkLaw, PA can discuss your claim with you, starting with a free consultation*. When you need to know whether your illness counts as work-related, your SC work comp attorney can help you get the personalized answers you need.

To begin, reach out to us for help. We can be found by calling 1-888-HAWK-LAW (429-5529) or by filling out the online form below.  

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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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