Workers' Compensation Attorney - Kent Collins Law FirmServing 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
- 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:
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.”
Five Reasons To Hire Kent
- He will work hard to understand everything happening in your case.
- He has many years of experience as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney.
- He will answer all your questions–even the most difficult.
- He will strive for the best possible resolution to your case.
- 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.
Kent’s job to advise you, not control you. He won’t do anything without talking with you first.
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.