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Your South Carolina Workers’ Comp Lawyers

If an individual is injured while working, they are entitled to benefits that will help them recover. All employers in South Carolina are required to provide workers’ compensation coverage if they have four or more employees. In North Carolina, entities with three or more employees are required to provide coverage. However, while workers’ compensation may be mandatory, the process of filing for it, along with greedy insurance companies, can make it difficult to receive it.

Whether you’re in Columbia, Greenville, or anywhere in the Carolinas, the North and South Carolina workers’ comp lawyers at Harris & Graves, P.A. have been helping injured workers get the compensation they need for over 40 years. If you were injured while working, we have the experience and knowledge to help you navigate the complex workers’ compensation system. You don’t have to go through this alone.

It’s Just
That Easy

With our expert knowledge of workers’ comp laws in North and South Carolina, we make getting the benefits you deserve easy.

You Deserve Compensation

If you were injured while working, you deserve compensation for your losses, period. Let us fight for your right to benefits.

No Fees Unless
We Win

Our lawyers work on a contingency-fee basis, meaning there are no fees paid unless we obtain compensation for you!

We Know What You’re Going Through

Are you suffering from a workplace injury or illness? We know what you’re going through. Our lawyers see workers distraught with pain and loss every day. Our clients often come to us while experiencing the worst day of their lives, wondering when and if they’ll be able to return to work, where their next paycheck is going to come from, why filing for benefits they’re entitled to is so difficult, and more. If this sounds like you, we want you to know we understand what you’re going through, and we’re here for you.

Our lawyers at Harris & Graves, P.A. care about each and every one of our clients. We work hard to ensure that they are taken care of with successful claims that meet their individual needs. Don’t allow your employer or insurance company to tell you what your pain and suffering is worth. Let an experienced attorney who cares about you fight for your rights.

Were You Injured Doing Your Regular Job Duties?

Let the qualified South Carolina workers’ comp lawyers at Harris & Graves, P.A. fight to get you the benefits you deserve.

Do I Have a Case?

If you were hurt on the job in South Carolina and your injury has limited your ability to work or left you unable to work at all, you more than likely have a case for workers’ comp benefits. In our over 35 years of successful cases, we have helped many people in the same situation as you get the benefits they deserve.

Here are a few factors we will look at during your case review to determine how much your case is worth:

Countless types of injuries can occur at the workplace. Some of the most common work-related injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Loss of mobility
  • Loss of limbs
  • Paralysis
  • Repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel
  • Work-related illnesses from environmental factors or exposure

Any type of injury caused while at work during your regular work duties should qualify for workers’ comp benefits. Common workplace accidents that result in filing for workers’ comp benefits include:

  • Slip and fall accident on site.
  • Car accident within your work duties.
  • Accidents involving heavy machinery.
  • Injuries that occur after years of repeating the same motion.

In South Carolina, you have only two years from the date you were hurt to file your claim with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. This is called the Statute of Limitations. But, it doesn’t mean you should wait two years. Missing important deadlines for your case can result in losing your right to benefits. The sooner you file, the better off you will be. Our lawyers at Harris & Graves can help you determine what important deadlines you need to meet and keep your case on track.

We’ve Recovered Millions In
Settlements For Our Clients

Injured on the Job? We’ve Got This!

Our experienced workers’ comp lawyers are here to help you get the money you deserve.

What Are Workers’ Comp Benefits?

Workers’ compensation benefits are a financial payment given to a worker who sustained injuries while on the job. These benefits are intended to help cover medical expenses and other related costs. After it is confirmed that an employee was injured on the job, they are likely entitled to one of four different kinds of benefits. These benefits include:

  • Temporary Partial Disability. You may receive these benefits if you are unable to return to your normal job but are still able to work some hours. For example, if your doctor said you can only work four hours out of the day, you may be entitled to temporary partial disability benefits.
  • Temporary Total Disability. If you have a disability that prevents you from participating in work of any kind during your recovery, you may qualify for temporary total disability benefits. These benefits will cease if a doctor returns you to work and/or you return to work, or if a doctor says you have reached Maximum Medical Improvement.
  • Permanent Partial Disability. You may be able to recover these benefits if you have sustained a permanent impairment from your injury.
  • Permanent Total Disability. These benefits are given to those whose injuries are so severe they are unable to return to work.
  • Death Benefits. If a loved one dies due to a workplace injury, death benefits may be available to compensate for funeral expenses and the loss of financial support.

Common Causes of Workplace Injuries

Workplace injuries are a common event. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds. If you’re involved in an accident while on the job, it’s in your best interest to know how to proceed. If you are unsure whether your workplace injury qualifies for a workers’ comp claim, take a look at some of the most common cases we work with:

Slips, Trips, and Falls
Some work environments are slippery or have wiring that may cause an individual to fall, making slip and fall injuries a common occurrence in many industries.

Being Struck by an Object
Many occupations involve large machinery and dangerous equipment. It’s not uncommon for an individual to be struck by a falling object or become injured by defective machinery.

Overexertion
This type of injury can result from a worker lifting or pulling objects, leading to pulled or strained muscles.

Repetitive Movements
Repetitive movements can lead to injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and bursitis. However, these claims can be challenging to prove.

Electrocution
Jobs that involve wiring and high voltage can place workers at a high risk of electrocution.

How to File for Workers’ Comp

Filing for workers’ compensation in South Carolina is a straightforward process and should be taken step by step to ensure no mistakes are made along the way.

Step One: Report Your Accident

The moment you realize you have been injured, report your injury to your employer.

Step Two: Seek Medical Attention

Your employer will provide you with a list of approved healthcare providers. Make sure you see someone on that list if you want to qualify for benefits. You may be able to see your doctor later.

Step Three: The Workers’ Comp Claim

If your employer denies your injury or doesn’t report the accident, you can file a claim by submitting Form 50 or Form 52 to the Commission. When you file your claim, we highly recommend having a legal expert look over your claim to ensure you are not making any critical mistakes.

Step Four: Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

It’s always a good idea to contact a South Carolina workers’ comp lawyer for a free case review as soon as you are injured or when you need to file a denial claim. You will be ready to go in the case of denial or complication, and it’s always better to be prepared when it comes to protecting your legal rights.

How Can a Lawyer Help?

Workers’ comp lawyers in South Carolina can be your dedicated partners in getting benefits that were denied to you. Insurance companies deny benefits for many reasons, the most often being that they don’t think you are as injured as you say. Your attorney knows the process to challenge these denials and gather all the evidence necessary to prove that you are indeed hurt and deserve benefits. At Harris & Graves, we can help you find another physician for exams and second opinions. We can sometimes even point out benefits you might not realize you deserve.

Don’t settle for less than you deserve in your workers’ comp benefits. Get in contact with Harris & Graves today. We want to hear your story and help you in any way we can.

Did You Suffer a Serious Injury on the Job?

If you were hurt while doing your job, our South Carolina workers’ comp lawyers at Harris & Graves, P.A., can be your dedicated partners, fighting for you.

Workers’ Comp FAQs

In some cases, an employer may say the injury was not work-related or that your current health condition was not a result of the workplace environment. If you encounter a dispute, evidence will be vital to support your claim. This can include photos of the scene of the accident and your injuries, medical bills, witness statements, and proof of lost wages.

Our team of lawyers can prepare you for the difficult process of appealing a denied claim. If your claim was denied due to missing paperwork, such as medical bills, this may be settled easily between you and the insurance company. However, it’s not always that simple and may require that you request a hearing before an administrative law judge. In this situation, it’s incredibly important to hire a North and South Carolina workers’ comp lawyer to help you with your claim.

Insurance companies may attempt to find any number of reasons to deny your claim in order to avoid paying compensation. Some of the most common reasons claims are denied include the following:

  • Missed deadlines.
  • Inconsistencies in your report or documents.
  • You filed your claim after leaving your job.

Due to the complexities of workplace injuries, it can be difficult to handle this type of case alone. When you hire Harris & Graves, P.A., we will collect the information necessary to support your claim and ensure that you receive the benefits you deserve. Additionally, we are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have throughout the process.

Our lawyers work on a contingency-fee basis, which allows our clients to retain our services without having to worry about expensive upfront costs or hourly legal fees. In other words, it costs nothing to hire our law firm and you won’t owe us anything unless we win your case!