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A Refresher Course in Workers’ Comp Law

Mitchell Byrd, Attorney, Carolina Law Group, Greenville, SC

Today we’re going back to basics with a look at an area of law that our firm handles regularly, Workers’ Compensation. What is Workers’ Comp? Workers’ Compensation is an insurance program administered by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission that is intended to protect both employee and employer. Employees who suffer injury while on the job, or develop medical conditions due to the nature of the job, can receive medical treatment and be compensated for their illnesses and injuries under the Workers’ Comp system. How does the Workers’ Comp program benefit both employee and employer? Workers’ Comp law states that if an employee’s illness...

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Workers’ Compensation for PTSD and Mental Injuries

How Does Workers’ Compensation Handle Mental Injury in South Carolina? Workers’ Compensation is designed to support employees who suffer accidents or injuries at work, or who develop illnesses directly related to their working conditions, as well as people who were dependent for support upon those killed in the course of employment. It’s easy to see how an employee who had a finger cut off on the factory line could be compensated for medical bills, lost wages and rehabilitation. But what about when the injuries are less visible, like mental injuries and mental illness? That’s what the South Carolina Senate is considering right...

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