What is the process of filing a worker's compensation claim?

If you have recently suffered an injury or are experiencing symptoms of a mysterious illness that are work-related, you have probably considered starting the process of filing a worker's compensation claim with your employer in South Carolina. While the process is a relatively straight-forward one, it is imperative that you act quickly and pay attention to the details to avoid making costly errors that could leave you with a denied claim and mounting medical bills. 

According to the Huffington Post, the first thing you must do once you realize that your injury or illness is work-related is to tell your employer. The initial report you fill out should include every minute detail down to the time that your injury occurred. You should always go and see a doctor, even if you do not think that your injury is that severe. Make sure that the medical provider you are visiting is within the network that your employer uses. Failure to do so could negate your claim.

If your case is complicated and there are several angles to your story, you may need to participate in mediation to reach a solution. If your claim is accepted and your injury is proved, you may be eligible to receive compensation. Whether or not your claim qualifies is often the result of thorough investigation by your employer to verify that your story is true and clearly explains how your injuries were received. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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