Workers Compensation

Greenville Workers’ Compensation Attorneys

Have you been injured at work? Are you wondering how you are going to pay your medical bills, make up for lost wages, or even get back to living a normal life? Most employers are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect people like you who become injured on the job. However, you should never negotiate with or accept a settlement from any insurance company until you first consult a licensed attorney.

Hayes Law Firm Upstate Attorneys, LLC, is committed to helping victims of personal injuries receive the justice and compensation that they deserve. Our workers’ compensation attorneys in Greenville take a thorough approach to help ensure that you and your family are not taken advantage of by your employer or their insurance company.

Call our team at (864) 432-5353 for a free consultation, or contact us online. We’re ready to hear about your unique situation and offer you next steps.

What Do Workers' Compensation Attorneys Do?

Filing a workers' compensation claim can be a difficult and complicated process. An experienced workers comp attorney can make the process of navigating through easier. Filing, processing and following up on a claim can be strenuous affair when trying to also focus on recovering from your injury.

Finding an attorney to represent you can make all the difference in the success of a claim. Whether it's recovering lost wages or mountains of medical bills, our experienced workers' comp attorneys can give you the guidance and care you need to recover.

How Do I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

The first step after you have suffered an injury in the workplace is to report the injury immediately. One of the biggest mistakes people make after becoming injured on the job is neglecting to report their injury to their supervisor and have an official accident report filed.

This accident report should include a detailed description of your injury and exactly what you were doing when you become injured. After completing your report, your employer will contact their workers’ compensation insurance provider, file a claim, and schedule an appointment for you to see one of their insurance provider’s approved doctors. You should always ask for a copy of your accident report and any other documentation surrounding your injury.

Why Would a Workers' Comp Claim Be Denied?

There are various reasons that a workers' compensation claim may be denied, including, but not limited to:

  • Failure to report an injury in a timely manner
  • Failure to file on time
  • Not seeking or receiving medical treatment for your injuries
  • If the employer disputes the claim
  • The complexity of the claim is difficult to prove
  • Failure to provide sufficient evidence that the injury was work-related

Thankfully, even if your claim was denied, you are still able to file an appeal with the Department of Workers' Claims. Contacting a skilled workers' comp lawyer before filing your claim can help determine what areas of your case need to be strengthened before contesting the ruling.

Our experienced Greenville workers' compensation attorneys can guide you through the claim and appeal process to make sure you get the compensation you deserve.

What Types of Injuries are Covered by Workers’ Compensation?

Because Carolinians do many different types of jobs, there are a vast number of injuries that can occur while at work. Some of these injuries may be minor, while others can be severe and life-altering. If you are not sure whether your injury qualifies you to file a worker’s compensation claim, you should always consult with a lawyer about your specific situation.

Some common workplace injuries that typically qualify for workers’ compensation include:

  • Sprains, dislocations, or broken bones
  • Concussions or any type of head injury
  • Lacerations, scrapes, or bruises
  • Vision, smell, or hearing loss
  • Injuries caused by electric shock
  • Disc, back, or spinal cord injuries
  • Brain or neurological damage
  • Loss of limbs/dismemberment
  • Respiratory damage/lung diseases
  • Mental or psychological conditions

What Can I Receive Compensation For?

Medical Treatment: In almost all workers’ compensation cases, your employer is responsible for the cost of your doctor visits and treatments for your injury. This includes medical necessities such as prescription medication, crutches, wheelchairs, and more. In some cases, employers may even be responsible to cover your medical expenses for the rest of your life. This is why it is always important to consult an attorney before accepting any settlements from an insurance company.

Lost Wages: Most people don’t realize that after being injured at work, your employer is also responsible for reimbursing you for up to 66% of your lost wages. We can help you precisely calculate your salary and benefits to make sure you receive the most compensation allowed under the law.

Compensation for Permanency: Your employer may be responsible for compensating you for any permanent of life-altering conditions that persist due to your injury. After being treated by a physician, we can evaluate any and all physical or mental limitations, restrictions, or losses that could entitle you to receive additional compensation.

How Much Does a Worker's Compensation Lawyer Cost?

Our legal team is committed to seeking justice and compensation for members of South Carolina’s working class who have been injured or disabled while on the job. Every case is different and can very in difficulty depending on the type of injury and attention needed to successfully complete your claim. For this reason, all consultations with us are completely free, and you won’t have to pay any attorney’s fees until we resolve your case. Our main priority is your well-being and we are committed to fighting for the compensation you deserve.

Now Taking COVID-19 Cases

With the COVID-19 global pandemic sweeping the world, countless healthcare workers are deemed essential and must put their lives at risk every day. If you are a healthcare worker, such as a nurse, physician, or technician, and have contracted COVID-19 on the job, you may be entitled to seek workers' compensation benefits. Our team is now accepting workers' comp cases for those who have fallen ill in the healthcare industry. Call us immediately so we can get started on helping you heal.

For quality legal services, call our Greenville workers’ compensation attorneys today at (864) 432-5353.

Our Settlements & Verdicts

  • Settlement after mediation for a registered nurse who was diagnosed with bilateral Meniere's disease after having been assaulted by a hospital patient.

  • We were successful in an appeal which provides that due to many years of having to walk with an altered gait, the client now has a compensable back injury.

  • Workers compensation settlement for a client who was carrying a laptop computer for many days in a row while at a seminar.

  • The factual and legal issues were favorably resolved and the workers' compensation carrier agreed the right leg was effected and paid for all medical treatment for both the back and leg.

  • Workers' compensation settlement at a mediation for a client whose left hand was crushed between a forklift and a die machine.

  • Workers’ Compensation Settlement for our client who was a logger and was hit on his head by a falling tree resulting in two surgical procedures to his neck.

  • We were able to successfully resolve the legal issues regarding the extent of the permanent disability sustained as evidenced by this result.

  • The legal issue regarding her permanent disability sustained was favorably resolved as evidenced by this case result.

  • The legal issue regarding the extent of his disability was also favorably resolved as we secured compensation over and above his impairment rating to his shoulder.

  • Our client was walking down a hallway when she lost her footing and ended up with 6 avulsion fractures in her foot and a diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).