Posted on January 31, 2018
Construction accidents can be life-altering and oftentimes are legally complex. Many people that are injured on the job aren’t aware of what coverages they are owed from their employers workers’ compensation plan. As the American economy continues to improve there are more commercial developments in major metropolitan cities like Columbia, SC and therefore the rate of construction work injuries have also been on the rise.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that 1 in 10 construction site workers are injured every year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics figured this statistic to roughly 150,000 construction site accident injuries each year. According to CLC, Construction Labor Contractors, “most construction site injuries involve construction workers’ backs, spines, and trunks” leaving many disabled or unable to perform their jobs for many weeks and months (www.constructionlabor.com).
What is workers compensation in the state of South Carolina?
Workers’ compensation is insurance designed to provide wage replacement and cover medical expenses for employees injured on the job. In exchange for this coverage, an employee’s rights to sue their employer for negligence is waived. Worker’s compensation is a state administered program and requirements and benefits vary greatly by state. Read more about workers’ compensation in South Carolina- http://www.wcc.sc.gov
So what action steps can you take if you are injured on the construction site? What is your responsibility in reporting an accident, getting proper care and filing a claim for workers’ compensation coverage? What is your employer’s responsibility and how do you know if you are getting the full extent of the benefit to get you back to 100% health and back on the job? The attorneys of Popowski, Callas and Shirley, in Columbia, South Carolina, can assess the circumstances of your case and help you obtain all the compensation and benefits to which you are entitled.
Can I sue my employer?
One common mistake that injured workers make is thinking that they can sue their employers for job site injuries. Instead, workers are entitled to receive medical care and a portion of their average weekly wages through the workers compensation system. Processing a claim, filing paperwork and even accessing eyewitness accounts of the accident and the conditions surrounding it can be very cumbersome and time consuming- especially for someone who is seriously injured and possibly even hospitalized. Our attorneys have the expertise to properly represent you and ensure that all of the required details of your case are processed promptly.
Oftentimes workers are unaware what they are entitled to even beyond what is offered under workers’ compensation. You may be entitled to more! Our lawyers will evaluate whether or not your case warrants enough evidence that someone other than your employer is responsible for your injuries and other damages. For example, if your injury involved faulty equipment that contributed to the accident we would pursue not only a workers’ compensation claim, but also file a case against the manufacturer of the equipment under question. In a third-party case we will aggressively pursue financial compensation for damages, including lost wages for income, medical bills, rehabilitation expenses, permanent disability or disfigurement and more.
It is in your best interest to contact a qualified professional attorney agency when an on-site construction work injury occurs. Our team at Popowski, Callas and Shirley, P.A., in Columbia, South Carolina are fully committed to seeing to seeing your case through in an effort to get the full extent of coverage and wages that you deserve. Contact us for a free consultation as early in the the process as possible. Call 803-799-2100