If you are hurt on the job in South Carolina, your employer will likely have to compensate you for the time you miss from work. The amount of compensation you receive is based on two-thirds (2/3s) of your pre-accident wages. In other words, if you were making $600 per week before your accident, you will begin receiving a check each week you are out of work for $400, so long as certain criteria are met.
As you can see from the example, many South Carolina workers may have difficulty living off a reduced wage. As a Columbia, SC workers’ compensation attorney, I inform my clients of all of their options. In many instances, one of these options includes seeking another job within the doctor’s restrictions. For instance, if a heavy laborer was injured at a factory and the doctor has restricted him to light duty, yet his employer has no light duty available, the client may seek a new job that allows for light duty rather than having to live off a check for 2/3 his wage,. For example, the injured worker might apply for a desk job as a cashier, hotel clerk or at any other place of employment where only light duty was required. Even though the new job may only be temporary, it will allow the workers’ comp client to get out of the house and back on his feet. Unless the injured worker begins earning salary equal to what he made at his former job, he will continue to receive a workers’ compensation check for 2/3 of the difference between his old earnings and his new earnings. This little known fact can often be the difference between poverty and survival, paid bills and bankruptcy.
Please contact me should I be of assistance. As a South Carolina workers’ comp lawyer, I would be honored to speak with you.