When workers are injured on the job in South Carolina, they may be entitled to compensation through the workers’ compensation insurance system. Here’s what workers’ comp does and doesn’t pay for.
If you’ve been injured in a slip and fall accident that was the result of someone else’s negligence, you may be considering a lawsuit in order to recover damages. But what kind of damages are available?
When one of Uber’s driverless cars struck and killed a woman in Arizona recently, it brought up the question of safety and rideshare companies. While we’re unlikely to see a repeat of that tragic accident any time soon – Uber pulled all of its driverless vehicles while it investigates what happened – we can expect to see everyday motor vehicle accidents involving Ubers and Lyfts.
Let’s say you were in a car accident with a driver in another vehicle. Both of you have suffered injuries and have sustained damage to your cars. Both of you are looking at big expenses. And both of you were partially responsible for the accident. What happens now? Who can recover damages? Who’s on the hook for paying those damages?
At The Scene of the Accident
Call an ambulance to the scene if you or anyone else has been injured and needs immediate medical attention. Then call the police to the scene. Be honest with the investigating officer but be careful to not concede fault because a full investigation has not been completed at that time.
Take photos of the aftermath of the accident and record your memories of what happened before you forget. If possible, ask witnesses for their names and contact information so they can provide statements later if needed.
The workers’ comp system was developed to benefit both employee and employer. It removes the need for lawsuits and counter suits, which are often expensive, stressful, and time-consuming. Employees get the essential compensation they need to recover from their illness or injury, and employers don’t have to spend resources fighting lawsuits.
Every state has a workers’ comp program. In South Carolina, the program is administered by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Here are some more basics about the workers’ comp program in our state.
The Carolina Law Group is proud to announce that Matt Whitehead, Nihar Patel, and Mitchell Byrd have been named to the 2017 Legal Elite of the Upstate list, as reported in the August 2017 issue of Greenville Business Magazine. Nihar was listed among attorneys for criminal law, Mitchell was listed for workers’ compensation, and Matt was not only listed for personal injury, but received the most votes overall in the personal injury category.