Workers Compensation

The workers’ compensation attorneys at Lee Law Offices, P.A., have handled all types of job-related injury cases in North and South Carolina and can help you determine what benefits you may be entitled to and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.

At Lee Law Offices, P.A., we know about the stress loss of income puts on wage earners and their families. Our experienced worker’s compensation attorneys will help you navigate the system, protect your rights and get the compensation you deserve to protect your family’s financial welfare.

NORTH CAROLINA

Workers’ compensation provides for payment of medical expenses, including hospital and rehabilitation services, medication and travel. In some instances, you may also be entitled to future medical expenses for life.

As an injured worker you may also be entitled to receive wages based on two-thirds of your income in the year before the work-related injury, subject to a cap which is currently about $820 per week. Determining the wages your benefits will be based on is a critical step in the process.

For employees who suffer a permanent injury, compensation may be paid based on the percentage of disability to the body part or parts injured. In the event of total and permanent disability, an employee may be entitled to disability payments for life, as well as lifetime medical benefits.

North Carolina provides very specific rights to employees who have been released to return to work with physical restrictions or limitations. Workers cannot be forced to return to jobs that exceed their limitations or to “make work” jobs. Lee Law Offices recommends that all injured employees with physical limitations consult an experienced workers’ compensation attorney before returning to work.

SOUTH CAROLINA

Workers’ compensation provides for payment of medical expenses, including hospital and rehabilitation services, medication and travel. In some instances, you may also be entitled to future medical expenses for life.

Payments are made for temporary total disability in an amount determined by a percentage of the worker’s wage (two-thirds) but are subject to a weekly cap, currently about $700. Payments can continue for up to 500 weeks.

Employees who suffer permanent injury to a body part or parts may be paid compensation based on the percentage of disability to the body parts affected. The determination of percentage of disability is an administrative function in South Carolina. Doctors determine the percentage of impairment. The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission determines the percentage of disability based on factors such as age, past work experience and educational level.

Partial disability (partial income loss) is figured based on an employee’s past and current wages, subject to the maximum amount, with a maximum payout time of 340 weeks.

Permanent and total disability in South Carolina entitles a worker to an award of 500 weeks of compensation, minus temporary total benefits paid, and lifetime medical benefits.

PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS

In general, as long as your injuries were a direct result of your employment, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Injuries may also include illnesses acquired through your employment, such as those dealing with hazardous or cancer-causing chemicals.

But proving liability can be a long and complex process requiring the knowledge and experience of a qualified attorney.

Additionally, there is a two-year statute of limitations on filing a claim in both North and South Carolina.

At Lee Law Offices, P.A., we know there is nothing more important to you and the welfare of your family than to protect your income and your earning capacity and we will work to protect your rights and get you the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law.

Our Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys have helped thousands of injured workers protect their rights and determine the best options for securing their financial welfare.

THE WORKERS' COMPENSATION PROCESS:

Workers’ compensation is designed to avoid the lengthy delays in the court system by providing compensation through a separate legal process for workers injured on the job.

IF WORKERS' COMPENSATION DOESN'T REQUIRE A LAWSUIT, WHY DO I NEED A LAWYER?

The system is usually adept at handling small claims involving several days or weeks out of work. But serious claims and serious injuries will inevitably bring debate over the nature of the injuries, the amount of money you are owed, and the amount of your income used to calculate benefits.

In cases where an injured worker is facing a significant disability, employers are at a significant advantage. They frequently deal with the system, whereas the injured worker is unfamiliar and uncertain.

An injured employee is concerned about his recovery, his job and the wellbeing and financial security of his family. He or she is often being referred to company doctors.

Employers have been known to make up positions so you can return to work, which can have serious and long-term consequences on your ability to make a living and collect benefits.

If you or someone you love is out of work and facing a workers’ compensation claim, Lee Law Offices, P.A. offers free appointments to discuss your rights.

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