Injured on the Job- Out of Work or Need “Light Duty”

Are you on Light Duty or Out of Work because of a Job Injury?

When a worker suffers an injury on the job, the consequences they may have to deal with can be overwhelming. Even relatively minor injuries can leave workers unable to return to their job for a substantial period of time, causing them to lose income they likely need to deal with medical bills and other costs relating to their injury. Fortunately, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation system is designed to provide an injured employee with necessary medical treatment, disability payments, and monetary settlements to compensate for any physical impairment or disability.

If you have been injured on the job and your doctor has assigned you to restricted or light duty, then the employer is obligated to find a job for you within those restrictions set by your treating physician assigned by the workers compensation carrier. If the employer does not have a job available, then he can create one. If the employer cannot create a position, then your employer will have to pay temporary total disability. If the physician assigned by the carrier to treat your work injury does not provide the work restrictions that you need, you may need an evaluation by another physician or a second opinion.

What does Temporary Total Disability mean?

When your treating physician places you on light or restricted duty, and your employer can’t find or create a job for your within the parameters of the restrictions, then you are entitled to temporary and total disability, often called “TTD”. Generally, these are weekly payment for your time out of work and usually amount to two-thirds of your gross average weekly wage before the injury.  The TTD checks are also tax-free.  The weekly payments continue until you are able to return to work.

For Help dealing with doctors, employers, and understanding temporary total disability, contact a South Carolina Workers Compensation attorney at the Goings Law Firm, today!

 If you have been injured on the job, it is best to hire an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that your workers compensation claim is properly filed and that you get the medical treatment and compensation that you deserve. A lawyer from the Goings Law Firm, LLC, can help you fight to get the workers’ compensation benefits you need.  If your employer is from South Carolina or you were injured in South Carolina on the job, contact us today by calling (803) 350-9230 so that we can help you navigate the claim and hearing process.