Unsafe working conditions can make an already difficult job even harder.
Injuries that happen at work are all too common and unfortunately, many
employees fail to claim the compensation that their suffering deserves.
South Carolina has certain laws which dictate the benefits that an injured
employee qualifies for, as well as an employer's requirements for
workers' compensation. If you've been injured on the job, you
may be wondering what your employer is obligated to pay for and the amount
of compensation you can receive. Read on – we're here to provide
the information you need!
An Injured Worker's Right to Compensation
Unmaintained equipment, negligence, and insufficient warnings can all create
an unsafe workplace. Industrial accidents and mechanical injuries are
common for employees across the United States. The good news is that employees
who are injured on the job are not solely responsible for their related costs.
According to South Carolina laws, an injured worker is eligible to receive
payment of two-thirds their average weekly wages for the time they are
unable to work. This is considered the compensation rate. Employers are
also required to pay for the medical care that their employee needs, as
well as compensation for any future income they may lose due to the injury.
An injured employee is allowed to receive all medical treatment that will
help their disability. This can include surgery, medical supplies, hospitalization,
and prescriptions. The employee must, however, see the specific doctor
designated by the employer.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA), employees
are entitled to safe working conditions. OSHA also allows workers to request
a workplace instruction, review records of work-related injuries, and
receive training about risks and methods to prevent injury.
If you have suffered any kind of injury while working, the Law Office of
James R. Snell, Jr., LLC can help!
Contact a Columbia personal injury lawyer from our firm for a free consultation and the personal representation you need.