Families Plead for Higher Funeral Costs in Workers Comp Benefits

Massachusetts Families Plead with Lawmakers for Doubled Funeral Costs in Workers Comp Benefits Deborah King is a classic case in point: her husband died after a severe workplace accident, but the funeral allotment in his workers comp benefits did not cover the full funeral costs. Paul King, Deborah’s husband, was a maintenance subcontractor at Logan Airport, and in 2005, he was electrocuted. Because the Kings were only in their 50’s at the time, neither had made any burial arrangements. "My children and I struggled to get through the … [Read more...]

Who Qualifies for Workers Comp?

South Carolina Workers Compensation Attorneys Any full-time employee (working for an employer with four or more employees) who has an employment related injury and needs medical attention should be covered under workers’ compensation insurance. It doesn’t matter if the injury was a complete accident or the fault of a co-worker. The employee MUST notify his or her employer within 90 days of the injury or risk losing the right to benefits under workers compensation. (It is recommended that you record details of your accident and to whom you … [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...]

An Employer’s Guide to Workers’ Compensation

Am I required to provide workers' compensation insurance? Essentially, yes. The rule of thumb is that any employer who regularly employs four or more workers full-time or part-time is required to have workers' compensation insurance. There are some exceptions, including agricultural employees, railroads, and railway express companies and their employees, and employers who had a total annual payroll during the previous year of less than $3,000, regardless of the number of workers employed during that period. Also exempt are Textile Hall … [Read more...]

How Do I Report a Work Injury? And How Do I File a Claim?

Anyone can file a workers comp claim for a work-related injury on their own. The South Carolina Worker’s Comp Commission is supposed to oversee conflicts that arise between the injured employee and the employer’s insurance company. If you or someone you love has been hurt at work, you need to act quickly before it is too late. If it’s been more than 90 days since your work accident occurred, you may need help obtaining benefits for medical treatment and lost wages. You can contact The Strom Law Firm’s work injury lawyers to discuss the … [Read more...]

Oil Rig Explosion Leaves US Coast Guard Searching for 12 Workers

A team of US Coast Guard helicopters, ships, and cutters are desparately searching for 12 workers who are still unaccounted for after an oil rig explosion occurred at an oil drilling platform located off of Louisiana's coast in the Gulf of Mexico around 10:00 PM last night. The oil rig, named Deepwater Horizon, is located 50 miles southeast of Venice. The fire from the explosion continues to burn and Coast Guard officials do not have an estimate as to when the fire will be completely extinguished. US Coast Guard Senior Chief Petty … [Read more...]