Fighting on behalf of injured workers
Knee injuries are common in the workplace. And they usually leave a worker unable to do his or her job for some time. Workers' compensation is supposed to compensate employees for medical expenses and lost wages, but they may not get all the benefits they should be getting. The knee injury lawyers at Lourie Law Firm fight to make sure injured workers get all the benefits they need and deserve.
There are a lot of jobs in South Carolina that require walking, standing, lifting or climbing. All of these activities can take a toll on a worker's knees. Different types of knee injuries that occur in the workplace include ligament tears, broken bones (such as the kneecap, tibia or fibula), a dislocated kneecap, inflammation and sprains and strains. When a knee is injured, it affects the worker's mobility and makes it difficult to continue doing his or her job.
Workers in manufacturing, meatpacking, food production, healthcare, trucking, construction and many other industries can suffer a knee injury on the job. It can happen in many different ways, including:
- Repetitive bending and lifting
- Hitting or banging the knee
- Falling from a ladder or ledge
- Slipping and falling
- A vehicle or heavy equipment accident
An employee with a knee injury may be out for only a short time or for much longer. He or she may require medication, surgery and/or physical therapy. In the meantime, medical expenses continue to add up while the employee is unable to work. Workers' compensation benefits are supposed to cover medical expenses and lost wages. But many times, injured workers don't get all the benefits they should be getting. That's why you need Lourie Law Firm on your side.
We know how to get results
South Carolina requires employers with 4 or more employees to carry workers' compensation insurance. When an employee is injured on the job, there is a process to follow. The worker reports the injury and sees a doctor. When benefits are approved, the insurance carrier pays for medical expenses related to the injury and some lost wages.
But it doesn't always work like that. Employers and their insurance carriers want to keep payouts low. They may question the severity of your injury, or where it happened. They have lawyers on their side who will make it their goal to avoid paying you benefits.
That's why you need your own lawyer. One of our experienced attorneys can help you navigate the system to make sure you get all the benefits you need and deserve. We can make sure you fill out all the necessary paperwork related to your claim and meet all deadlines. We'll make sure you get all the medical care you need. If your claim is denied, we will handle all appeals and hearings. We'll guide you each step of the way.
If you have suffered a knee injury while doing your job, you need an experienced lawyer to protect your rights. Take the steps to make sure you get all the workers' compensation benefits you deserve. Contact us to schedule a free consultation. We'll go over your case and explain your options.