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Workers’ Compensation Rate & Average Weekly Wage
Permanent Partial Disability Calculator
How to Determine the Value of your Workers Compensation Claim
How are permanent disability benefits determined in South Carolina?
The law in South Carolina provides scheduled values to specific body parts. The scheduled value is multiplied by the percentage of disability to that body part as determined by South Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Commission. For example, if you sustained an injury to your right arm that resulted in an award of 20% disability, you would be entitled to 440 weeks of compensation for your arm X 20% disability = 44 weeks of compensation. Those 44 weeks are then multiplied by the compensation rate to determine the monetary value of your award of benefits.
If a work injury leaves a bad enough disfigurement, am I entitled to more benefits than usual?
Yes, if your disfigurement detracts from your appearance (like a scar) and is regularly exposed during working hours. However, you can’t receive workers comp for disfigurement and disability to the same body part except in the case of third-degree burns or deep-tissue scars. Any award received for disfigurement must be approved by the SC WCC.
What other benefits am I entitled to if I suffer total and permanent disability from my work injury?
South Carolina law provides for maximum benefits equal to 500 weeks, which is almost ten years. The value of any previous weekly payments for temporary benefits will be deducted from the 500-week maximum. The only work injuries which receive lifetime compensations are for paralysis or permanent brain damage.