What Are My Rights If I Got Hurt On The Job?


Under South Carolina law, injured workers have a number of rights and legal protections. But the fact that these laws exist is not enough to ensure that a worker is actually protected from employer wrongdoing or retaliation after a work accident. Sometimes, an employee needs a strong legal advocate on his or her side to ensure the employer follows the law.

As a Spartanburg/Greenville workers' compensation attorney and founder of the Patrick E. Knie Law Offices, I work with injured employees to ensure their rights are protected and that they receive the workers' compensation benefits they are due. If you or a loved one needs help with a workers' comp claim, contact me, a Spartanburg/Greenville injured worker lawyer, to schedule a free consultation.


  1. If you were hurt on the job, you are entitled to proper medical care paid for by your employer's workers' comp carrier.
  2. You have a right to a second opinion from a qualified doctor if you disagree with the medical opinion of the company-approved doctor.
  3. You have a right to receive all the workers' compensation you are due for your on-the-job injury, which includes payment for:
  • Mileage back and forth to all medical appointments, therapy and the pharmacy
  • Lost wages for the time you are out of work AND
  • Working wage loss if your wages are lower after you return to work because you now do different job duties or work fewer hours OR
  • Nonworking maintenance wage loss or permanent total disability benefits if you are unable to continue at your current job and you cannot find other employment because of your disability
  • Permanent injury or disability, such as:
  • Awards for scarring of the face, arms or legs
  • A lump-sum payment for loss of a limb, loss of use of a limb, loss of vision or loss of hearing
  • Permanent partial disability for the percentage of impairment and disability you will continue to have for the remainder of your life
  • Future medical benefits

4. You have the right to keep your job if you can do the work after you receive medical treatment.


If you have suffered a workplace injury, I can help you pursue compensation for medical care and other damages. Contact me, a Spartanburg/Greenville workers' compensation lawyer, online or call to schedule an appointment to discuss your case. Consultations are free and confidential.

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