Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation laws were established to provide a no fault means of compensating injured workers or their dependants for being injured in the workplace.  Workers may be eligible for weekly compensation payment of medical bills, mileage and, in appropriate circumstances, lifetime wage compensation and lifetime medical care.

Workers’ Compensation is a very complex area of the law.  Skilled attorneys are needed to navigate this complex area of the law.

Johnson, Toal & Battiste, P.A. has handled workers’ compensation cases for more than 34 years.  Workers who are injured on the job may have a right to Social Security disability benefits, retirement benefits, and to recover from third party whose negligence may have caused the accident.

Employees and insurance companies often hire an attorney to represent their interests. Injured workers can protect their interests by hiring an attorney experienced I handling workers’ compensation cases.

Call 803-252-9700 or 1-866-216-9700 for an appointment with a knowledgeable and caring lawyer to help you attain the benefits you deserve.

What types of injuries may be covered by workers’ compensation laws?

Accidents, repetitive movement or prolonged injuries sustained over a period of time, and exposure to harmful chemicals or substances and disease can cause serious job related injuries.

What type of compensation am I entitled to?

If you are unable to work for an extended period of time, you will receive compensation equal to roughly two-thirds of your gross wages, averaged before your illness or injury.  There is a maximum amount that can be received.  You may be entitled to a settlement for permanent injuries or disability.

When should I file a claim?

You should report your injury as quickly as possible to your employer.  You have a 90 day deadline and a request for compensation should be filed within 2 years.

Can I sue my employer?

You cannot file a separate lawsuit against an employer for a work related injury.  You may be able to bring a separate lawsuit if your injury is caused by a defective product or the negligence of someone other than the employer or fellow employee.

Do I need a lawyer to represent me?

Workers’ compensation cases can be difficult and complex.  The employer and insurance company use highly skilled adjusters and attorneys to protect their interests.  An experienced workers’ compensation attorney can be very helpful in assisting an injured worker in navigating the workers’ compensation system.