Most employees in Greenville, South Carolina, are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. While there are a few exceptions, you should most likely have workers’ compensation coverage for any kind of work related injury, regardless of who was at fault for the incident. As long as your injury occurred in the course of employment related tasks, you can file a claim with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy and will likely qualify for workers’ compensation. Your employer should help you with this process, though you can also do it yourself if they do not. If you encounter any resistance or difficulties from your employer or their workers’ compensation insurance company, contact David R. Price, Jr., P.A. to schedule a free consultation and get your questions answered.
The Most Dangerous Industries in the Greenville, South Carolina, Workers’ Compensation System
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most dangerous industries in Greenville, South Carolina, and throughout the state include the trade/transportation/utilities industry, the manufacturing industry, the healthcare/social assistance industry, the accommodation/food services industry, and the construction industry. Working in any of these industries puts you at greater risk of being injured on the job. When such injuries occur, they put the workers and their families under tremendous physical and financial stress. They frequently lead to high medical expenses and time off of work. In some cases, they may even cause the worker to become disabled and incapable of working in the same industry or at all. In the worst cases, they lead to the death of the worker and leave the family without their support. Workers’ compensation is designed to provide benefits in all of these situations.
Common Work Related Injuries Qualify for Workers’ Compensation in Greenville, South Carolina
The most common work related injuries that lead to workers’ compensation claims and which are covered by workers’ compensation insurance include:
- Slip, Trip and Fall Accident Injuries
- Electrical Accident Injuries
- Manual Handling/Lifting Injuries
- Sprain/Strain Injuries
- Back/Spinal Cord Injuries
- Head/Brain Injuries
Do Slip, Trip and Fall Accident Injuries Qualify for Workers’ Compensation in Greenville, South Carolina?
Every year, there are more than 200K slip, trip and fall accident injuries in the United States, along with over 700 deaths. This includes simple falls on the same level and falls to a lower level. Such injuries can occur in any work environment, from office settings to construction sites. Construction workers are particularly at risk for falls to a lower level, working on roofs, scaffolding, ladders, etc. Yet anyone can trip or slip on any hazard and end up with injuries from the fall. Anywhere that has slippery or wet floors, damaged carpeting, slick or steep stairs, hazards in walkways, or poor lighting could be an environment for such slip and trip and fall injuries to occur. The injuries that can happen in this way include broken bones, head injuries, spinal injuries, bruises, sprains and strains, and more.
Electrical Accident Injuries in Greenville, South Carolina, Workers’ Compensation Claims
Electrical accidents result in thousands of work related injuries in the United States every year, with over 350 of those resulting in death. Like slip, trip and fall accidents, they can occur in any industry. Everyone uses electricity, and electrical systems can malfunction at any time. Naturally, those who are most at risk are those who work directly with electricity or electrical equipment, such as electricians and construction workers. Common injuries that result from electrical accidents include burns (electrical burns, thermal burns, etc.), nerve and tissue damage, and electrocution. Electrical accidents produce injuries that may qualify for workers’ compensation.
Manual Handling/Lifting Injuries in Greenville, South Carolina, Workers’ Compensation Claims
Manual handling/lifting injuries are those that occur when someone is dealing with heavy objects and equipment. This is common in construction sites, in the manufacturing industry, in factories, on loading docks, and in the healthcare industry. Yet, they can happen anywhere that employees are tasked with handling and moving heavy objects. Even in an office environment, an employee might try to lift a heavy box or rearrange office furniture, for example, and end up with such an injury. Common injuries related to manual handling/lifting include injuries to the muscles and tendons, injuries to the neck and back, and injuries to limbs. In some cases, crushing injuries result from heavy objects falling or being dropped, which will likely qualify for workers’ compensation.
Sprain/Strain Injuries in Greenville, South Carolina, Workers’ Compensation Claims
Sprain/strain injuries occur in a wide variety of work environment and can also be related to manual handling/lifting injuries. Specifically, sprains are the injuries to your ligaments, which connect your bones, when they are stretched or torn. Strains are the injuries to your muscles or tendons.
Back/Spinal Cord Injuries in Greenville, SC Workers’ Compensation Claims
Back/Spinal cord injuries can occur in many different ways. Your back muscles can be strained through heavy lifting or overexerting yourself. The discs of your spine could be damaged, slipped, or herniated. You could fall from a height, be crushed by an object, or twist or bend in such a way that it causes a muscle to be pulled. Even fatigue, vibrations, or poor posture could cause such injuries. Injuries to your actual spinal cord can be quite serious and may even result in full or partial paralysis in the worst cases.
Head/Brain Injuries in Greenville Workers’ Compensation Claims
Head/brain injuries include concussions and more serious traumatic brain injuries. They may occur because of a serious fall or being struck by an object. In minor concussions cases, there may be no long term disability, and the worker may be able to return to work with no more than a few days off. However, in more serious concussion cases and in traumatic brain injury cases, the worker may become temporarily or permanently disabled, which will qualify for workers’ compensation. They may suffer from a variety of different symptoms, from severe headaches, to vision disturbance, to cognitive deficits.
If you have suffered from any of these work related injuries or any other type of work related injury, you should be able to qualify for workers’ compensation medical and wage benefits. If you lost a loved one to such an injury at work, then you may be eligible for wrongful death benefits through the same workers’ compensation policy. Call David R. Price, Jr. P.A. to learn more about your rights and options or if you qualify for workers’ compensation.
David Price is a Personal Injury, Civil Litigation, Collections, and Criminal Defense Attorney who practices in Greenville, SC. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, and has been practicing law for 12 years. David Price believes in helping those who have been injured. Learn more about his experience by clicking here.