Workers' Compensation Lawyers Serving Columbia
If you've been hurt at work, our attorneys can help you get benefits
You get up and go to work every day to earn a living and support your family. But you've been injured on the job and are now unable to work. What are your options? The workers' compensation attorneys at Lourie Law Firm can help you navigate the claims process to make sure you get the benefits you need and deserve.
Workers' compensation is a state program that is set up to help workers who have been hurt on the job. It's supposed to cover the cost of your medical bills and treatment expenses, plus a portion of your lost wages while you are unable to work.
But it's not always that simple. In South Carolina, workers' compensation is paid out of a state insurance fund. And just like a private insurance company, the state agency that runs the fund tries to keep payouts low. Our attorneys have seen many workers denied medical care and wage reimbursement for legitimate losses that needed to be compensated. We fight to get their workplace injuries recognized so they can receive benefits.
Where do you work?
Some of the industries that South Carolinians work in include:
A workplace accident can happen at any company, in any field. Our experienced attorneys will make sure the proper procedure is followed when processing your claim. We will help you fill out the paperwork. If your condition or illness requires ongoing treatment, we will work to make sure your long-term needs are met. And we will represent you in appeals and hearings. We want your focus to be on getting better.
How were you injured?
A wide range of accidents can happen in the workplace. Some of the injuries seen in workers' compensation claims include:
If you've been injured on the job, contact the Lourie Law Firm. Generally, you have 90 days to report an injury to your employer and two years to file a claim for benefits. We can advise you each step of the way, and help you maximize your benefits so you can continue to support your family. We offer a free consultation with one of our experienced attorneys. Call today and we'll get your claim started.
South Carolina is home to many factories and manufacturing plants, such as Michelin. Manufacturing typically involves an assembly line structure. Workers often use machinery and may also be exposed to hazardous materials. Manufacturing workers can suffer a wide range of injuries. These include back and shoulder injuries, knee injuries, strains and sprains, repetitive stress injuries and hearing loss. Exposure to hazardous materials can lead to respiratory problems and skin disorders.
Many South Carolinians work for meatpacking industries, such as Tyson Foods and Cargill. Meatpacking plants are where animals such as cattle, pigs and chickens are slaughtered, processed, packaged and distributed. The work is fast-paced and there is always a risk of injury anywhere that heavy machinery is used. Workers may suffer back and shoulder injuries, knee injuries, cuts and repetitive stress injuries. There is also the risk of losing or damaging a finger or other extremity in a machinery accident.
Food production companies in the state, such as Kraft Foods, process and package food products for sale. Workers typically use machines in an assembly line structure. It's repetitive work and can also be physically demanding. People who work in this industry can suffer back and shoulder injuries, knee injuries and repetitive stress injuries. There is also the risk of slips and falls and injuries from machine accidents. They may also be exposed to hazardous materials.
People may not think of a college as a place where workers get injured. But colleges, such as the University of South Carolina, require a lot of workers to keep it running. This includes food service workers, maintenance workers and grounds crews. They all face the risk of injury - for example, from using equipment, lifting or performing the same task repeatedly. Professors and office staff members can also be hurt in a workplace accident.
Thousands of people in the state are employed in this field. They work in hospitals - such as Lexington Medical Center - as well as doctor's offices, clinics and specialized care centers. Healthcare workers face the risk of injury every day. Immobile patients need to be lifted. They work with sharp instruments that can leave them with cuts. And they are regularly exposed to blood and other body fluids that can carry disease. Healthcare workers can suffer back and shoulder injuries, knee injuries, cuts, respiratory problems and other illnesses.
Back and Shoulder Injuries
Some jobs are very labor-intensive and require heavy lifting. Over time, this can result in injuries to the back and shoulder. These types of injuries can also occur from falling or in an accident with industrial machines or forklifts. It can result in pain or spasm, stiffness and an inability to lift heavy objects. Back and shoulder injuries can leave an employee unable to work in the short term - or in some cases, permanently.
Brain and Spinal Cord Injuries
These are very serious injuries that can have permanent effects. These types of injuries can occur in the workplace after falling from a ladder or ledge, lifting a heavy load, slipping and falling or an accident involving machinery or heavy equipment. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can cause headaches, memory problems and mood swings. Spinal cord injuries can lead to problems with mobility and paralysis. Workers with these types of injuries may be unable to return to their jobs.
Workers can damage their knees by falling from a ladder or ledge, slipping and falling on a flat surface or from an accident involving heavy equipment. Repetitive bending and lifting at a job over the years can also wear down the knee. A knee injury can make it difficult to continue doing any job that requires a great deal of walking, standing, lifting or climbing. It may also require ongoing treatment.
An occupational disease is any kind of health condition that is a direct result of the work you do. These conditions develop over time. For example, exposure to hazardous chemicals can lead to respiratory illness or cancer. Working with noisy machines can lead to hearing loss. Performing the same motion with your hands over and over can lead to carpal tunnel syndrome. While they may take years to develop, these conditions can make it difficult or impossible to continue working.