In a busy state with a booming industrial economy, many South Carolina residents work in dangerous warehouses every day. Although there are some obvious ways in which warehouse accidents can occur, including falling objects and forklift mishaps, there are other, more subtle ways in which warehouse employees can suffer injuries. These jobs typically require repetitive tasks like lifting, carrying, bending, working machinery, or standing for long periods of time. These activities can cause harm through cumulative traumas to various parts of the body. If you have suffered a warehouse accident in the Spartanburg area, dedicated work injury attorney Patrick E. Knie is ready to help you assert your rights. We also maintain an office in Greenville from which we can serve people in the surrounding communities.Pursuing a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Almost every South Carolina employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Under this system, employees are entitled to recover benefits for injuries that they suffer on the job. These benefits are provided in exchange for any liability that the employer may face in civil court from the employee.
The first step to recovering benefits in a workers’ compensation case is to notify your employer immediately of your injury. Make sure to keep a record of your injuries and to document any medical treatment that you obtain during this time frame. One of the requirements that you must meet in order to receive benefits is a medical examination by a doctor. The medical evaluation will serve as a basis for the commissioner’s determination regarding the extent and duration of the benefits that you will ultimately receive.
In a workers’ compensation case, there are two different factors that determine how much financial assistance you will receive and how long you will be entitled to receive it. The first requirement considers the scope of your disability, evaluating whether it is partial or total. A total disability would be something that affects your whole body or the majority of your body. In some cases, mental disorders like PTSD can also constitute total disabilities. The second factor considered is the duration of your disability. Some injuries may resolve quickly and thus be considered temporary, while others are more lasting or even permanent.
A permanent and total disability typically will entitle a worker to the maximum amount of benefits. In some cases, the employee may also be eligible for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) if it has been determined that he or she suffers from a total and permanent disability. By contrast, a temporary and partial disability will entitle the employee to benefits for a limited period of time, which is typically long enough to allow the individual to make a full recovery and return to work.Consult an Experienced Greenville & Spartanburg Attorney after a Warehouse Accident
If you have been hurt in a warehouse accident, you may be entitled to benefits. Workers’ compensation lawyer Patrick E. Knie has advised many employees in Spartanburg as well as in Greenville and other communities throughout Cherokee, Laurens, Union, and Greenville Counties. The South Carolina workers’ compensation system can be stressful and complicated, but there is no need for you to navigate it alone. Call us at 864-582-5118 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.