Work-related shoulder injuries happen every day in South Carolina. Whether it is a torn rotator cuff, torn labrum, impingement of the nerve, dislocation, or some other ailment - an injury to the shoulder can prevent people from doing their job or even engaging in normal household activities. South Carolina's workers’ compensation laws recognize that such injuries can be very serious, not only in terms of the medical treatment they may require, but also with regard to the effect they may have on work duties.
If you hurt your shoulder while on the job in our state, you are entitled to three major benefits: 1) medical treatment; 2) compensation for time missed from work due to the injury; and 3) payment for any permanent disability to the shoulder.
Every body part is worth a different number of weeks of compensation in South Carolina. The shoulder is worth 300 weeks. That means you may be able to receive up to 300 weeks of compensation for your shoulder injury depending on its severity.
What does compensation mean in this context? Put simply, it is the amount of your weekly check, (i.e. 2/3s of your pre-injury earnings). For example, a 5% impairment rating to your shoulder would equate to 15 weeks of compensation. Impairment ratings are, however, but one factor in your workers' comp settlement. The law also looks at your work history, education, transferrable skills, and permanent physical restrictions.
If you are dealing with a shoulder injury that happened on the job in Columbia, or anywhere else in South Carolina, you want to make sure your rights and your job are protected. For free copies of my books, and to find out how I can help, call 803-790-2800.