As an employee in the state of South Carolina, you are entitled to a safe and healthy work environment. Should you find yourself injured on the job, you are entitled to certain rights, and often, employers make it complicated and confusing to seek the treatment for the injuries sustained at the workplace. It may be confusing to deal with the Workers Compensation division or your employer. In stressful times like these, it is helpful to have an attorney who can exercise your rights, gain access to your preferred treatment providers, and guide you through the compensation process.
Here are some quick tips for what to do if you are injured on the job:
- Report the injury to your supervisor immediately.This ensures that there is an official recording of the incident and will serve as a supporting document when you move forward with the claims process.
- Know your treatment options.
- Talk to your supervisor and the insurance company covering your claim. You have the right to choose your treatment providers, and may be entitled to coverage for the miles that you travel to and from the medical facilities.
- You are entitled to 66% of your wages during missed time due to your injury. Fault should not factor into this number. Make sure you are adequately covered by calling your attorney or HR representative.
Of course, not all cases are easy to report. Your injury may have occurred over time due to a stressful work environment.
Please feel free to call or email me if you have questions about a worker’s compensation claim or if you feel that you are being treated unfairly. Your safety is of utmost importance to the Peper Law Firm.