If you have been injured on the job, it is critically important that you notify your employer and take certain steps so that you can pursue your Workers’ Compensation benefits in South Carolina.
As a Workers’ Compensation Attorney, here are the two most common questions I get regarding notice:
Who do I need to notify of my work injury?
Giving notice to your employer of your job accident is the first step in obtaining the medical or compensation benefits you deserve. South Carolina requires that an injured worker must notify his or her employer of the accident. The employer representative that you give notice to should be one of your supervisors or managers rather than a co-worker.
Failure to notify your employer of your work injury could keep you from the medical care and compensation that you deserve. It important that every accident on the job, regardless of how insignificant it may seem at that time, is reported to your employer immediately. Sometimes, injuries that seem insignificant at first develop into serious injuries over time.
Ideally, notice of the accident should be given in writing and should specifically state how you were injured and should request that your employer send you for medical care and treatment. It is very important that you ensure that an accident report is filled out, that it correctly states how you were injured, and that you get a copy of the accident report. Too often, claimants are denied the benefits they deserve because their employer never documented the accident; don’t let this happen to you.
How long do I have to give notice of my work injury?
Other than some exceptions, the rule is that you have 90 days from the date of your accident to report your on-the-job injury. Practically though, it is best to notify your employer as soon as possible after your work injury. The sooner you report the injury to your employer, get an accurate accident report filled out, and request medical care the better.
Tell your employer exactly how you were hurt. Insist that an accident report is filled out, review it for accuracy, and request to be sent for medical treatment. Document as much as possible and keep copies of any emails, text messages, or letters you send to your employer.
Workers’ Compensation laws are complex and rapidly changing and every case is different. It important that if you suffer an injury on the job that you contact lawyers that handle these claims and have experience in the area of Workers’ Compensation. The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Grimes Teich Anderson are here to help you.
If you have been injured on the job and are concerned about whether you properly notified your employer of your accident, have questions about the Workers’ Compensation process in South Carolina, or simply need to find out if you have a case, call Grimes Teich Anderson at 864-421-0770 or contact us over the internet at www.gta-injurylaw.com.
Initial workers compensation consultations are free; it won’t cost you anything to speak with us.
We have three convenient office locations in the Upstate of South Carolina: Greenville, Spartanburg, and Gaffney. At Grimes Teich Anderson we are committed to protecting the rights of hard working South Carolinians.