Thursday, August 23, 2007

Changes in South Carolina Workers Compensation Laws

On June 25, 2007 some significant changes to the South Carolina Workers Compensation system were signed in to law by Governor Mark Sanford. In general the changes create broader rights for Employers and a greater bruden for workers/claimants to receive compensation for their injuries. For instance, the Employers rights to communicate directly with the workers doctors is increased significantly while the previously held presumption that a worker suffering a 50% or more loss or disability to the back is totally disabled is now challengable and can be rebutted by the Employer/carrier.

Other changes to the system include making the shoulder and the hip "scheduled members" and eliminating the Second Injury Fund by 2013. Most provisions of the law go into effect for claims arising on or after July 1, 2007.

If you have an injury from a work related accident or are not sure whether your injury is covered, speak to a knowedgable attorney today. Don't wait.

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