Charlotte, NC Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
An injury at work can happen in any industry at any time. On Sunday, for example, a Columbia, South Carolina firefighter was injured when the fire truck in which he was riding overturned. The firefighter was taken to the hospital and was listed as being in stable condition. Workers’ compensation is available to compensate workers who are injured on the job. In order to recover workers’ compensation benefits, however, an injured worker should take several steps:
- First, the injury needs to be reported to the worker’s employer as soon as possible after the injury is sustained. While your first priority should be obtaining medical treatment for any life-threatening injuries as soon as possible, most employers require that an injury sustained on the job be reported within 24 hours. When reporting the injury to your employer, include as many details about the accident as possible such as where you were when the accident happened, who may have witnessed the accident, and whether any third party may have been involved.
- Submit yourself to examination and treatment by the workers’ compensation carrier’s doctor. You may be notified by your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier that you are to visit a particular doctor for examination and treatment. If you receive such notification, you should report as directed. Failure to submit to an examination or treatment at the request of the insurance carrier can result in denial of your workers’ compensation claim.
- Preserve as much evidence of the accident as possible, especially if a third party (another contractor, for example) contributed to your accident. This can include the names, contact information, and notes from witnesses who observed the accident, photographs of the accident scene and what it is that injured you, and any medical records you can obtain that describe the extent of your injuries and/or the treatment you have received.
- Speak with a South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. Although you do not need an attorney to file for or receive workers’ compensation benefits, it is not uncommon for meritorious claims to be delayed or initially denied for technical reasons. Enlisting the support of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can help ensure the proper paperwork is correctly filed so that you receive the full benefits to which you are entitled quickly.
These same steps should be followed if you believe you have become ill due to a workplace condition or hazard.
Contact the Personal Injury Law Firm of Bice Law
The personal injury firm of Bice Law will examine your case to determine the type and amount of damages that your injury warrants, including payments for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and any permanent disability. We’ll determine whether an out-of-court settlement or trial is the best strategy to obtain maximum benefits for you or your family. If you have suffered injury or harm because of someone else’s actions, take the first step to protect your legal rights – contact the personal injury firm of Bice Law serving both North and South Carolina. You only have a limited time after your injury to file a claim, so act quickly. Call 877-BICE-877 today or submit an online request to get a free consultation with a personal injury attorney. We serve families across both North Carolina and South Carolina.