Suffering an injury at work is much more than just an inconvenience for South Carolina workers. A work accident can result in physical pain and injuries, but it can also lead to additional complications that can affect you long term. You may find that you actually need help beyond just getting medical care – you might also need help getting back to work.
You know the purpose of workers' compensation insurance is to provide care and support for people who suffered injuries in job-related accidents or became ill because of their jobs. The benefits you may be able to claim include coverage of your medical expenses and recovery of a portion of the wages you lost. If you need it, you can also seek rehabilitation support, which will help you re-enter the workforce after an extensive recovery.
What do you need to get back to work?
It is not easy to get back to work after being away for awhile due to a sickness or injury. Your physical abilities may be different, or the demands of your job may be different. In some cases, injured workers may not be able to return to the same job they had in the past. The specific types of rehabilitation benefits that may be available to you depend on your injuries, your needs and other factors of your condition, but they may include:
- Testing and analysis of your skills to match you with the right job
- Assistance with your job search
- Help preparing for an interview
- Assistance with completing applications for new jobs
- Continued education and tuition for additional education you may need
- Help getting the accommodations you need for a disability you may have
- Assessment of your ergonomic needs
Getting back to work and assimilating to life after your accident can be the most difficult part of your accident and recovery. You are entitled to specific types of help, and you can fight to maximize your workers' compensation claim and get the full amount of support you need.
Completing your claim
Navigating the workers' compensation claims process is not easy. You may face many challenges when trying to get the full amount to which you are entitled. It may be helpful for you to speak with an experienced attorney about your right to workers' compensation benefits. Before you initiate your claim, it is beneficial to start with an assessment of your case and an explanation of the legal options available to you.