How long do I have to report my work injury?
In South Carolina, you must report your work injury within 90 days, starting from the date that your work injury occurred. If your work injury is a repetitive stress injury like carpal tunnel syndrome, you must report from the date of your diagnosis. Note that while South Carolina law allows you 90 days, your employer may require notice sooner. If you work for a company that requires you to report your work injury immediately after you were injured, you may be subject to disciplinary actions from your employer. Often workers compensation claims are denied because they don’t fall within your employers guidelines but they do fall within the state 90 day requirement. If your workers compensation claim is denied because of this reason, you can still win your case.
How do I report my South Carolina workers compensation claim or work injury?
Your employer may have a specific procedure in place for you to use to report your work injury. Some companies require their employees to submit a written form, others require employees go to onsite medical professionals for review, and others have no procedures in place at all. The best course of action is to report your work injury as soon as possible to employer, in writing (even if that means that it has to be delivered as an email or text message). Make sure there is physical evidence to support your case, as there have been circumstances where employers either feign ignorance or genuinely don’t remember receiving verbal notice of their employees injuries. We suggest trying to get a copy of your form or written notice or to request to your employer to provide a follow-up email of your work injury documentation.
If you have any questions or concerned about your work injury or how to report your work injury, contact The Clardy Law Firm for a free case evaluation. We can help ensure you’ve gone through all the correct steps to get your workers compensation claim submitted for approval. If you’re struggling against your employer or their insurance company, our experienced workers compensation attorneys can help fight to get you the compensation you deserve for your work injury and recovery.