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Workers' Compensation Attorney - Kent Collins Law Firm

Serving Aiken, Newberry, Lexington, Columbia SC

Hire a Workers’ Compensation attorney to fight for you

You have always been a hard worker and a very loyal employee. Unfortunately, you were hurt either on the job or while at work.

Now you have a million questions running through your head. What if I can’t perform my job now? What do I do if I am now unable to work? Who do I turn to? Who do I even ask these questions to?

It’s time to call experienced workers’ compensation lawyer Kent Collins to help you decide what to do next.

Hurt on the job in SC? What should you do now?

Filing a claim for workers’ compensation is a very complicated and lengthy process. When you are hurt at work there are a number of concerns that arise.

Since an injury likely requires medical attention, the issue of who pays the medical bills is most likely at the top of your list. There are a few other things that may cause you some concern, including what will happen if your injury prevents you from performing a necessary part of your job, or if your injury prevents you from working at all.

There are a number of different kinds of injuries you could suffer that would result in a workers’ compensation claim including:

  • Back problems
  • Knee injuries
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Hernias
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Chemical exposure
  • Chemical burns
  • Broken bones

No matter what type of injury you are suffering from, South Carolina’s workers’ compensation laws provide benefits for injured workers just like you.

When should I file a claim? Should I do it myself?

Many people who find themselves in this situation make the mistake of going it on their own. The process of filing a workers’ compensation claim includes a number of regulations and requirements. This isn’t a process that will be completed quickly either. It is a marathon, not a sprint.

A claim should however be filed as quickly as possible. The consequences of failing to file a workers’ compensation claim promptly and properly could include:

  • Worsening of your medical condition while waiting for your employer to foot your medical bills,
  • Difficulty put on the insurance company to investigate the claim,
  • Delay in your claim being processed,
  • Being disqualified from receiving benefits if you don’t notify your employer within 90 days of being hurt

Hard working people who have been hurt on the job call Kent Collins because they want to receive the benefits and compensation that they deserve.

They know that working with Kent means they’re getting someone who:

  • Communicates clearly and directly to help you not only understand potentially confusing legal jargon, but also the reality of your situation
  • Tunes into key details in order to create the best defense strategy possible
  • Works with you, keeping you in the loop so that you know exactly where you are in the process, what’s next and your responsibilities

You may have questions filling your head, such as …

How do I file a workers’ compensation claim in SC?

To file a claim in SC you must file either a Form 50 or a Form 52. These forms can be tricky to fill out and must be completed properly in order for your claim to proceed. This is why hiring an attorney who has experience handling workers’ comp claims is extremely beneficial.

Do I get paid for the time I am missing work due my injury?

In most cases there is a seven-day waiting period before benefits can kick in. If you can’t work for more than 14 days, then you will be compensated for the first 7 days as well.

How long will I receive benefits?

You will receive benefits for as long as you are unable to work and are under a doctor’s care. Once your doctor releases you to go back to work, your benefits will terminate.

Who will give me my weekly compensation check?

If your employer has more than four employees, he or she is required to have workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance company will be required to pay your benefits if you are unable to work for more than 7 days.

Do I have to tell my employer I’ve been hurt?

Yes! In South Carolina there is a 90 day rule. You must inform your employer that you have been injured within 90 days of the injury or you lose your benefits. There are no exceptions to this rule, so make sure you don’t exceed the 90 days!

What does it cost to hire a workers’ compensation attorney?

There is no set price for a workers’ comp attorney because each case is different. Feel free to call my office to set up a time when you can come in and talk about your case. We will discuss the different options and come up with a solution that works for you.

Do you really need an attorney?

Absolutely. You need a workers’ compensation attorney in Columbia who has experience handling this type of case. South Carolina’s workers’ comp laws can be complicated and confusing to navigate if you have never dealt with them before. Your attorney will explain the process to you and handle your claim for you.

Kent Collins has helped a great number of hard working people in our community understand their legal rights in the workers’ compensation process. He is an experienced attorney who will provide you the kind of guidance you need during this tough time in your career. If you have concerns during the process he will explain what is happening and what to expect next.

Clients have said:

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I would recommend Kent to anyone who needs legal help. He's not only a good lawyer, but a great guy. I have been in trouble twice within 3 years, and he has helped to keep me out of jail, and keep my license. He will also work with you on a payment plan that you can afford. So if you need a good lawyer, call Kent Collins, he will help you through your legal troubles.

Cassandra G December 11, 2017

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Kent did an excellent job on my case and always made himself available to answer any questions that I had. He also took the time to explain things to me that I did not understand very thoroughly, as well as the judicial process and how it would affect my case specifically. Kent is not only well established in Columbia, but it was also my observation that it seems Kent has a good rapport with the courts in Columbia and is respected as an attorney. Kent has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the law, but more importantly how to apply it in court. I was satisfied with the outcome of my case and Kent exceeded my expectations as an attorney. I would recommend Kent to anyone needing legal counsel due to his knowledge, experience, professionalism, and servitude to his clients.

Rachel December 6, 2017

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Excellent experience. No one likes having to contact a criminal defense attorney but sometime sh*t happens and when it does you'll want this guy on your team.

Alex November 24, 2017

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Kent is the best. I had my doubts at first because my case was extremely difficult. I've been in and out if trouble since my early twenties. 7 arrests for DUI, convicted of two prescription fraud, credit card fraud, distribution 1 and 2, manufacturing 1 and 2, weapons missions, hit and run, assault and 1 & 2. I cut my monitor off and went to Florida for rehab against my probation officers wishes. I conspired by selling drugs, distribution 2 possessions and PWID two weeks apart. I got 2 years for the probation violation. Time served for 265 days so 5 months and when I got out I went to court for my distribution charges and PWID. I got judge Kiesley. I didn't trust Kent that it was the best idea to go in front of him He gave me time served. Kent got me 5 months total for 7 years hanging over my head plus 15-20 for other charges possibly more. He is the rising defense attorney in the Lexington Columbia area He is the next Jack Swerling and God rest his soul stands tall to Jim Leventis. And if you knew him that's saying something. Oh and he got me a job when I got out of prison I know he truly cares about me and saw my potential to be better woman and mother

Casey November 23, 2017

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Kent is a great lawyer. He really took the time to get to know me and my case. I would definitely use him again if I ever needed a good lawyer.

Cyntha November 17, 2017

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Kent was very professional and so down to earth. He would listen and he sympathized with my situation. If you are looking for THE BEST attorney, Kent is the one to call. He will assist you in every way imaginable.

Donna October 23, 2017

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Where do I begin...This attorney by far is the best hands down. He worked his heart out for me, he fought for me, stayed after hours doing everything he could. He and his secretary were very up beat, energetic, fun and positive while still being professional and making sure I was informed of everything that was going on. Kent showed the reason why he is an attorney. He is caring and compassionate and will not sugar coat anything! I hired him to represent me and he showed out in the courtroom. I owe Kent and his secretary my life!! They came up BIG for me. If you ever need an attorney and you want someone who doesn't wear suit and tie....that will not intimidate you or make you feel bad about your situation....this guy right here is it!!!! The BEST PROFESSIONAL Attorney I will ever work with!!!!! Kent you out did yourself!!!!!!!!!! If you EVER need an attorney.....I have 2 words for you. KENT COLLINS!!!!!!!

Ashanti October 20, 2017

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Kent is a AWESOME LAWYER!! YES we would hire him again, Yes I Recommend him to y'all, YES, he answers all your questions and returns phone calls. If your locked up YES he makes time to see you, not once but twice, even 3 to 4 times or more, depending.. He gave my son the time of day, Kent went to Lexington County to talk with him on his own Birthday.. Now what Attorney can you find and stops on his way home at Lexington County to see his client on his BIRTHDAY? NONE, except for Kent Collins. He's straight up front with you, he tells you what could happen just by talking at first and not reading reports, my son's end result was better than what we as a family predicted. His secretary Kelly is a 5***** too, She knows her shit!! She's so smart, she puts others to shame, She knows a lot of people and sometimes she can pull some strings for your advantage.. She's so awesome!!! They're a great team, your loss if you don't hire them, I can promise you that!!! 5*****

Shelly October 20, 2017

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Hello everyone it's Alison. I just wanted to put it out there;  If you are in need of legal representation then Kent Collins is your man. He is a great person, but a better lawyer. He use to be a SC prosecutor. Now he is a defense attorney in his own practice. I was in a auto accident where I got charged. Due to Kent's experience and dedication all the charges were dropped and thrown out of Court. So if you find your self in need of a lawyer that's gonna fight for you. Call Kent Collins law firm in Lexington.

Alison October 19, 2017

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Kent provided me with excellent legal services, and in my time of need, he was there to help! He is an excellent lawyer and genuinely cares about his clients. His knowledge of the law and abilities as an advocate are phenomenal! He believed in me and is one of the most effective attorneys. For this I will always be grateful and is my first recommendation to others who require legal assistance.

Brandon April 27, 2017

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Kent Collins was great with my case just got out of court earlier charges were DISMISSED that’s exactly what I was looking for Thanks Kent

Anwaar December 9, 2016

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Kent is an awesome lawyer that helped me during one of my lowest points of life!! Thank you so much Kent for pulling me out of my hole!!!

Stephanie November 10, 2016

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I had found myself in a bad situation and I hired Kent Collins as my lawyer, I will have to say that I made the right decision as hiring Kent’ Kent worked hard on my case and to this day I’m Grateful’ Thank you Sir

Gary December 5, 2015

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Over the years Kent has assisted me with several legal matters and his performance has always been solid and sound. Being someone who has a record, I know it wasn't always easy for Kent, but let me just say he has helped me overcome several legal hurdles successfully. Perhaps the most important thing he did for me was help me resolve a licensing issue with the LLR, and enabled me to have a successful and productive career. I highly recommend his services to anyone who is need of solid legal counsel!

Ryan August 2, 2015

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I was a skeptic at first. He told me to trust him. "There is a method to my madness " he told me. And bam! He was correct. He got my case dismissed. Thank you Mr. Collins!

Will, Client July 27, 2015

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Kents Collins is a great attorney. His years of experience has helped him establish relationships with people through out the justice system, enabling him to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients.

Anwar June 20, 2015

Kent may be perfect for you, but he’s not for everyone.

“Other’s have said my approach to criminal defense is unique and that I’m brutally honest.  Some might even argue that I’m not for everyone. Maybe so, but when your future’s at stake, you need to know what you’re up against.”

-Kent Collins

Five Reasons To Hire Kent

  1. He will work hard to understand everything happening in your case.
  2. He has many years of experience as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney.
  3. He will answer all your questions–even the most difficult.
  4. He will strive for the best possible resolution to your case.
  5. He makes himself available via cell phone, text message, email… even Facebook.

How You’ll Feel as His Client

  • In the loop

As Kent’s client, you’ll always know where your case stands, what he needs from you and what he’s going to do next.

  • Armed with knowledge

He’ll translate the legal jargon. You’ll know what your options are, the risk involved and he’ll suggest the best course of action given your situation.

  • In control

Kent’s job to advise you, not control you. He won’t do anything without talking with you first.

  • At ease

You’ll feel comfortable knowing that you have someone in your corner that can provide you with sound advice and speak on your behalf. Especially if we go to trial.

 

What To Look For

With so many workers’ compensation attorneys out there, how do you pick the right one? Here are some things to look out for when you speak to various attorneys about taking you on as a client:

  • Hire an attorney who has dealt with cases like yours.

  • Be wary of attorneys who make big promises.

  • Make sure an attorney has time for you. If they don’t have time to call you back, how are they going to have time to work on your case?

Kent has the experience and know-how to get you the best possible outcome for your case. He’ll tell you the straight truth about your case.

Would you like to speak with an attorney?

If you want to speak with Kent, dial 803-808-0905, or use this form to schedule a consultation today.

Great Attorney

Kents Collins is a great attorney. His years of experience has helped him establish relationships with people through out the justice system, enabling him to achieve the best possible outcomes for his clients.

Anwar June 20, 2015

Will

I was a skeptic at first. He told me to trust him. "There is a method to my madness " he told me. And bam! He was correct. He got my case dismissed. Thank you Mr. Collins!

Will, Client July 27, 2015

Ryan

Over the years Kent has assisted me with several legal matters and his performance has always been solid and sound. Being someone who has a record, I know it wasn't always easy for Kent, but let me just say he has helped me overcome several legal hurdles successfully. Perhaps the most important thing he did for me was help me resolve a licensing issue with the LLR, and enabled me to have a successful and productive career. I highly recommend his services to anyone who is need of solid legal counsel!

Ryan August 2, 2015

The Right Decision

I had found myself in a bad situation and I hired Kent Collins as my lawyer, I will have to say that I made the right decision as hiring Kent’ Kent worked hard on my case and to this day I’m Grateful’ Thank you Sir

Gary December 5, 2015

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