Injured in a Workplace Accident?
Let our Charleston injury attorneys help you file a claim!
Given the fact that American workers can easily log 40, 50, or even 60
hours a week at work, it's not surprising to learn that every year
millions of workers suffer from non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses.
Workplace accidents can lead to occupational injury, which is bodily damage
that results from performing one's work-related duties. Thankfully,
with the help of a Charleston personal injury lawyer you may be able to
financial compensation after an accident.
According to data from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and
Health and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, currently an average of 15
workers die each day from traumatic injuries in the United States and
another 200 workers are hospitalized. While workers can sustain injuries
in a number of ways, common causes of workplace accidents include poor
ergonomics, misuse or failure of equipment, inadequate safety training,
and exposure to general hazards.
General hazards in the workplace include explosive materials, electricity,
height restrictions, fast moving or sharp machinery, exposure to hot liquids
and gasses, poisonous gasses, radiation, toxic materials, working near
or around water, and working on or near weak or heavy structures to name
a few. Sometimes even the most careful and responsible workers can be
injured because of the careless or negligent actions of their employers
South Carolina Workers' Compensation System
Under South Carolina's
workers' compensation laws, when an employee is injured or killed in a workplace accident, the
employee is entitled to compensation. Workers' compensation pays for
the employee's necessary medical treatment, their lost wages during
the period of disability at a rate of 66 2/3 percent of the employee's
average weekly wage, and compensation for permanent disability or disfigurement.
The maximum award that is paid out for total disability or death is limited
to 500 weeks of compensation under state law.
If you were injured in a work-related accident, contact McLeod Law Group,
LLC to file a claim for compensation!