Upstate Company Fined $480K for Worker Protection Failure

The Federal Government recently issued a $480,000 fine for an Upstate company for the way it handled a waste cleanup project in Florida. Welch Group Environmental is based out of Belton. According the US Department of Labor, Welch Environmental neglected to protect their workers from exposure to unsafe levels of lead during a cleanup in Delray Beach, Fla. Federal investigators said the company failed to provide eye and head protection while workers were cleaning up lead. Eye and head protection reduce the employees’ exposure to lead, … [Read more...]

Workers Compensation Death Benefits

South Carolina Workers' Comp Lawyers Funeral Costs, Medical Bills, Weekly Compensation Workers’ Compensation coverage is elective for employers in South Carolina with three or less employees. Anyone employing four or more employees is required to have workman’s compensation insurance, which provides benefits in the event that an employee is killed related to a workplace accident. When a loved one is killed in a work accident, a spouse and each child may receive weekly compensation. Workers’ Compensation Death Benefits Medical: … [Read more...]

Workers Compensation: Employer’s View

Your Employer Can’t “Punish” You for a Work Injury South Carolina Law is on your side, just ask the attorneys at The Strom Law Firm, LLC. As an injured worker, you may fear that your employer may retaliate against you for filing and seeking compensation for a workers’ compensation claim. Employees also worry about cooperating in the investigation of and/or testifying in support of an injured co-worker. In most states, employees have a legal right to be protected from workers’ comp retaliation. If you encounter retaliation from your … [Read more...]

How do I Pursue Damages from a Third Party?

You’re Entitled to more than Workers Comp Recovery. You may have more payment rights under the law than you initially thought. If you’re a victim of a work injury, it’s possible to receive further monetary compensation in addition to your workers’ compensation claim. In severe injury cases, third-party financial recoveries are often greater than the benefits an injured worker receives from workers' compensation. In a third-party claim, an injured worker may be permitted to recover future and past medical expenses, loss of earnings, loss … [Read more...]

Injured Worker Quick Facts

What You Should Know If You Are Hurt On The Job In SC: If you are injured on the job, you have 90 days to inform your employer of your injury. There are exceptions to the general rule, including situations where a disease or illness did not develop until after exposure. Once your employer is notified, you must file a claim with the Workers’ Compensation Commission within 2 years of the accident in order to receive benefits. If your check is late, you do have some recourse. South Carolina law requires your employer to pay you on time. … [Read more...]