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Murrells Inlet Attorney Manages South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Appeals

Knowledgeable representation through every step of the process

If you’ve been hurt on the job, your workers’ compensation benefits may be your only defense against severe financial hardship. If your claim is denied, the safety net you were relying on is gone and you’re in freefall. Fortunately, the Law Offices of David L. Hood can help. For more than 25 years, we have provided determined representation for denied claims and other types of disputes, so our clients can access the benefits they deserve. If a controversy arises with your claim, treatment plan, disability rating or disability settlement, we have the knowledge, skill and experience to fight for the positive results you need.

Appealing a workers’ compensation decision in South Carolina

All appeals of denied claims start with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, the state agency that oversees the benefits program. There are potentially many levels of appeal before the decision is final:

  • Request for hearing — Your appeal begins when you file a hearing request with the Judicial Department of the state Workers’ Compensation Commission along with a filing fee of $25. A commissioner presides over your hearing, listening to evidence from both sides. After your hearing, the commission issues an order. If the decision affirms the denial of your claim, you move to the next level.
  • Commission review — Within 14 days of receiving the commissioner’s decision, you may file a Request for Commission Review along with a filing fee of $150. A panel of three commissioners hears your case. The panel’s decision is called an “award.” You later receive a notice of award along with the commission’s summation of the facts of your case and its legal rulings. If the commission finds your appeal was “without merit,” meaning you had no reasonable basis for submitting an appeal, it can charge an additional fee of $250. If you disagree with the award, you can appeal again.
  • Filing a lawsuit in the Court of Appeals — Within 30 days of the date of your award, you can file an appeal in the South Carolina Court of Appeals. Filing fees apply.
  • South Carolina Supreme Court — Your last chance to appeal is to the state Supreme Court. However, the right of appeal is not automatic. The Supreme Court hears cases at its discretion and can decline to hear you, so the Court of Appeals decision will stand.

We cannot overstate the importance of hiring a capable and experienced attorney to manage your appeal. As you can see, deadlines come fast, so there’s no time to learn on the job. Your attorney must respond to the commission’s findings of fact, application of statutory law, and interpretation of precedent with a logical and persuasive argument. This means skillfully writing petitions and delivering compelling oral arguments. This is no task to take on yourself or to entrust to an inexperienced lawyer, especially when an accomplished workers’ compensation appeals lawyer is only a phone call away.

Contact a seasoned workers’ comp attorney in Murrells Inlet to appeal your denied claim

The Law Offices of David L. Hood provides trustworthy representation to appeal denials of workers’ compensation claims throughout southeast South Carolina. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 843-485-0011 or contact our Murrells Inlet office online.

Our Offices
    • 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
    • Georgetown Office
      601 Front Street
      Georgetown, South Carolina 29440
      Phone: 843-527-8010
    • Greenville (Downtown)
      220 N. Main St.
      Suite 500
      Greenville, South Carolina 29601
      Phone: 864-272-3992
    • Greenville (Millport at Butler)
      128 Millport Circle
      Suite 200
      Greenville, South Carolina 29607
      Phone: 864-272-3992
    • Hilton Head
      110 Traders Cross
      1st Floor
      Bluffton, South Carolina 29909
      Phone: 843-663-4040
    • Mt. Pleasant
      1240 Winnowing Way
      Suite 102
      Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29466
      Phone: 843-491-6025
    • Myrtle Beach Office
      1293 Professional Dr.
      Suite D
      Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29577
      Phone: 843-444-4663
    • Murrells Inlet(Principal) Office
      11919 Plaza Drive
      P.O. Box 2070
      Murrells Inlet, South Carolina 29576
      Phone: 843-491-6025
      Fax: 843-357-0068
    • N. Charleston
      4000 S. Faber Place Dr.
      Suite 300
      N. Charleston, South Carolina 29405
      Phone: 843-779-7567
    • North Myrtle Beach Office
      1019 Highway 17 S.
      North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582
      Phone: 843-663-4040
    • Rock Hill
      331 E. Main St.
      Suite 200
      Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730
      Phone: 803-227-4668
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