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Workers’ Compensation Attorney Fights Denied Claims in Murrells Inlet

Capable management of claims and disability settlements throughout South Carolina

Workers’ compensation is a vitally important benefit, paying for your medical care and replacing most of your lost earnings while you are unable to work. But if your employer denies your claim, or the insurance company comes between you and your treating physician, you may have to fight for the benefits you deserve. For more than 25 years, the Law Offices of David L. Hood has stood up for injured workers. We provide knowledgeable and determined representation for denied claims, disputes over treatment plans, disability ratings issues, disability settlements and much more. If you are having trouble with the workers’ comp system, we can help you access the benefits you deserve.

Your rights under South Carolina’s workers’ compensation law

Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system that protects workers who suffer on-the-job injuries while insulating employers from liability. Injured workers are entitled to a range of benefits, including:

  • Medical treatment
  • Partial wage replacement
  • Partial disability, total disability and disfigurement benefits
  • Death benefits

Access to benefits should be simple. The worker reports the injury to the employer and files a claim with the insurance carrier. The employer must report the incident within 10 days to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, which monitors the progress of the claim. However, the actual process can be much more complicated.

Common reasons for denying workers’ compensation claims

Workers are covered for all injuries that occur “in the course of employment” and “arise out of employment.” Courts have generally interpreted those phrases to mean that the injury occurred while the worker was engaged in some activity that conferred a benefit on the employer. Employers often deny that an injury was work-related under these circumstances:

  • The injury is due to the employee’s willful misconduct, such as horseplay.
  • The injury was an act of deliberate self-harm.
  • The accident was due to the employee’s intoxication from alcohol or illegal drugs.
  • The injury was the result of a deliberate attack on the employee for personal reasons.

Whether your injury qualifies as work-related depends on various facts and the context. For example, an accident that occurs at a company party or picnic can be work-related if facts support a conclusion that the event was not strictly social. An experienced and knowledgeable workers’ comp attorney can help you build a persuasive case to appeal your claim and get the benefits you deserve.

Contact a knowledgeable workers’ comp attorney in Murrells Inlet to manage your appeal

The Law Offices of David L. Hood provides determined legal representation to appeal denied workers’ compensation claims and resolve other issues that block access to your full benefits. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 843-485-0011 or contact our Murrells Inlet office online.

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    • Charleston
      170 Meeting St.
      Charleston, South Carolina 29401
      Phone: 843-444-4663
    • Columbia
      1320 Main St., Suite 300
      Columbia, South Carolina 29201
      Phone: 803-227-4668
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      601 Front Street
      Georgetown, South Carolina 29440
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      220 N. Main St.
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      Greenville, South Carolina 29601
      Phone: 864-272-3992
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      Suite 200
      Greenville, South Carolina 29607
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      1st Floor
      Bluffton, South Carolina 29909
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      1240 Winnowing Way
      Suite 102
      Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29466
      Phone: 843-491-6025
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      1293 Professional Dr.
      Suite D
      Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
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      11919 Plaza Drive
      P.O. Box 2070
      Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576
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      4000 S. Faber Place Dr.
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      N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405
      Phone: 843-779-7567
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      1019 Highway 17 S.
      North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
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      Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
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