Columbia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
If you have been injured on the job, it is important that you understand your right to workers’ compensation benefits. Don’t take advice from your employer, co-workers, or the insurance representatives. You need to speak with an experienced attorney who understands the South Carolina workers’ compensation system and who is on your side.
At Mickle & Bass, our respected Columbia workers’ compensation attorneys are experience handling workers’ comp claims. We use that experience to fight for our injured clients. Hardworking South Carolinians trust our team to:
- Ensure that the strict deadlines associated with your claim are met
- Make sure your claim properly reflects your injuries and inability to return to work
- Provide skillful representation if you must appeal a denied claim or an inadequate award of benefits
- Help you obtain proper medical care beyond what is being provided if needed
If you need to speak with a knowledgeable South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney, contact Mickle & Bass today. We will schedule a free consultation to discuss your claim, and we do not charge a fee unless and until we secure payment for you.
Why Choose Our Columbia Workers’ Compensation Attorneys?
In South Carolina, workers’ comp claims aren’t decided by judges or juries. Disputes in workers’ comp claims involving money benefits and medical treatment are decided by workers’ comp commissioners, who are appointed by the governor and approved by the S.C. senate.
Four of the attorneys at Mickle & Bass are former workers’ comp commissioners. Among them, they’ve presided over thousands of workers’ comp claims. The attorneys at Mickle & Bass are committed to putting their experience to work for injured workers throughout South Carolina.
Schedule a free consultation now to discuss your claim.
What Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits in S.C.?
If you’ve been hurt at work or diagnosed with an occupational disease, workers’ comp insurance should pay for:
- Medical costs (surgery, hospitalization, prescription medications, medical supplies, prosthetic devices, etc.)
- Money benefits during times out of work
The program also provides specific payments for disfigurement, impairment/disability, wage loss/loss of earning capacity, or a work-related death.
S.C. Workers Comp Claim Denied?
Because workers’ compensation benefits are expensive for insurance companies, they often try to deny legitimate claims or minimize the benefits they pay to injured workers.
You have rights under the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. You need a skilled attorney with extensive experience to help you protect those rights and to help you obtain the benefits you deserve.
Protect Your Workers’ Comp Claim and Your Right to Benefits
At Mickle & Bass, our knowledgeable Columbia workers’ compensation lawyers can help you with your claim from start to finish.
There are several steps you can take before you retain an attorney at Mickle & Bass to ensure you do not damage your claim. Remember, the workers’ compensation insurance company handling your claim is looking for a reason to not have to pay you. It is crucial that you:
- Meet all deadlines and other requirements of the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commission.
- Follow doctor’s orders, including attending all appointments. If the doctor assigned by the insurance company reports you are not taking medical care and treatment seriously, it can be used as evidence against you.
- Talk openly to your doctor. The doctor assigned to your claim is required to document your injury, treatment, and recovery. Be open and honest about all of your pain and suffering, as well as about your progress and setbacks. Don’t exaggerate, but don’t downplay your injuries, either.
- Be wary of the insurance company and its investigators. Never sign anything sent to you by an insurance company representative or agree to give a recorded statement. Be careful of people asking you or your colleagues, family, friends, etc., about your accident. They may be private investigators seeking evidence to dispute your claim.
- Do not ‘share’ your injury. Stay away from social media! More and more legal claims of all kinds are being damaged by posts to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Insurers can use comments, photos, and other social media activity as evidence against you. You should keep details of your workplace injury and workers’ comp claim among yourself, your doctor(s), and your attorneys.
- Be open and honest with your attorneys. Help your attorneys help you. Answer all questions with complete honesty and openness. Don’t be afraid to provide all the details of your accident or any prior injuries or pre-existing medical conditions. Remember: Anything you say to a lawyer remains confidential. Open communication with your attorneys is key.
If you are dealing with a serious work-related injury or illness, you don’t need the added burden of quarreling with a profit-driven insurance company. The Columbia workers’ compensation attorneys at Mickle & Bass will advocate aggressively on your behalf. We have unique knowledge and experience that you won’t find elsewhere, and we are ready to put our skills to work for you. We’re ready to put our knowledge and experience to work for you.
Schedule a Free Consultation Now
Contact us today for a free, confidential, and no-obligation legal consultation. We will not charge you a fee of any kind unless and until we obtain compensation for you.