Get the workers' compensation benefits you deserve
Shoulder injuries are common in workplaces across South Carolina. When a worker hurts their shoulder, it can make it very difficult or impossible to do his or her job. The shoulder injury lawyers at Lourie Law Firm can help injured employees get the workers' compensation benefits they need and deserve.
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, supported by surrounding muscles, tendons and ligaments. A lot of things can go wrong when a shoulder is injured, including stiffness, dislocation, tears in muscles and tendons, nerve damage, inflammation, strains and sprains. However your shoulder was injured, the results can be painful and present with weakness and limited range of motion.
Shoulder injuries are often seen in jobs that involve manual labor, such as manufacturing, meatpacking, food production and health care. But they can happen at any workplace, in many different ways. A shoulder injury can happen as a result of:
- falling directly on the shoulder
- using your arms to break a fall
- lifting a heavy weight, especially overhead
- pushing or pulling a heavy object
- a vehicle or equipment accident
- repetitive motion.
Workers' compensation benefits are designed to pay medical expenses related to the injury and replace lost wages while you are unable to work. But the extent of your injury may be questioned. Your inability to work may be doubted. And your benefits may be denied. That's why you need an experienced lawyer who will fight to get you the benefits you deserve.
Fighting for workers
In South Carolina, employers with 4 or more employees are required to carry workers' compensation insurance for when employees get hurt on the job. The way it's supposed to work, you report the injury, you see a doctor, and the insurance pays for treatment and any lost wages. But it doesn't always work that way.
When an employee does get hurt, employers and their insurance carriers will do what they can to keep their payouts as low as possible. They have their own lawyers. It's a good idea for you to have one, too. One of our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the system to protect your rights.
In general, an injured employee has 90 days to report an injury to an employer, and two years to file a claim for benefits. We can help you fill out the needed paperwork and follow the proper procedures for filing your claim. We'll fight to make sure all of your medical needs are met. And if your claim is denied, we'll be right by your side during all appeals and hearings.
Our goal is to get you the full compensation you deserve for your work-related injury. We'll help you guide you through the claims process, because we want your focus to be on getting better. We shoulder the responsibility of filing a successful claim on your behalf.
If you have suffered a shoulder injury on the job, you need an experienced attorney on your side. Our firm fights aggressively for the rights of clients. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We'll review the details of your case and explain your options.