Have you been searching for the top workers’ compensation attorney in South Carolina? There is no list that ranks the “best” attorney for workers’ compensation, but we believe that finding the right attorney to represent you is critical to a successful outcome.
If you have been injured in a work related accident, it is important to hire an experienced workers compensation attorney that can help you get the medical treatment, out of work checks, and settlement for your physical impairment that you are entitled to receive under the law. On the job injuries can be financially devastating if you do not have a qualified attorney protecting your best interests before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission.
There is no list that ranks the “best” attorney for workers’ compensation, but we believe that finding the right attorney to represent you is critical to a successful outcome. When you are searching for an attorney to represent you in your workers’ compensation claim, here are some tips for you to consider so that you choose the best attorney for your case:
1. HIRE AN ATTORNEY THAT FOCUSES ON REPRESENTING INJURED WORKERS IN WORKERS’ COMPENSATION.
The laws of Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina are unique and often require specialized skill and training to fully understand. We believe it is important to hire a workers’ compensation firm that focuses its practice on representing injured workers. Many lawyers handle a variety of matters, such as real estate, divorce, wills, or traffic court, but the lawyer that you should hire for a workers’ compensation matter should make representing injured workers a top priority. The lawyers at the Goings Law Firm all are trained in workers’ compensation and have considerable experience appearing before the Workers’ Compensation Commission, which makes this firm a great pick for your work accident injury.
2. READ ONLINE REVIEWS BEFORE YOU HIRE A WORKER’S COMPENSATION ATTORNEY.
- Have you taken the time to read reviews of attorneys who handle worker’s compensation claim? We find that online reviews from former clients can be very helpful in picking the best workers’ compensation attorney for your case. You can find reviews on website such as Google, Lawyers.com, and Avvo.com, and we would recommend choosing an attorney with strong recommendations and reviews of former clients. When you read the reviews, understand that not every person can be pleased despite how hard you work or how great the result may be for their case. If you are interested in reading the 5 star and 10/10 reviews about the Goings Law Firm, check out these links: Lawyers.com Reviews, SuperLawyers Reviews, Avvo.com Reviews. The Goings Law Firm is also featured on Expertise.com as a highly ranked injury firm in South Carolina, as shown here.
3. ONE-ON-ONE ATTENTION IS IMPORTANT.
- One-on-one attention to you and your case should be a necessary factor in deciding to hire an attorney. Ask yourself, do you want to retain an attorney that accepts a “high volume” of injury claims, or do you want an attorney who will get to know you personally and doesn’t treat you as just another number? We believe that smaller caseloads make for better attorney client relationship, which often fosters a better outcome for your particular case. At the Goings Law Firm, we provide one-on-one attention to each client.
4. MAKE SURE THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ATTORNEY TAKES YOUR CASE ON A CONTINGENCY FEE BASIS.
- How you pay your attorney for an injury on the job is important. The best way for an injured worker to pay for an attorney is through a contingency fee basis. This allows you to hire an attorney without ever paying a penny out of pocket. The attorneys would only be compensated if they obtain financial compensation in your favor, so in essence, the attorney’s fees are only “contingent” on your attorney obtaining a monetary result for you. A contingency fee arrangement allows an injured worker to hire an attorney without costing anything on the front end and the attorney bears the risk, not you. Importantly, contingency fee incentives your attorney to get you the most money possible, because the attorneys’ fees are tied to a percentage of the overall settlement or recovery. Additionally, your attorney should advance all associated legal costs so that you do not incur any upfront charges or bills during the course of your representation. At the Goings Law Firm, we only handle workers’ compensation claims under at contingency basis and our attorney’s fees and costs are always approved by the Workers’ Compensation Commission so you know that you are being treated fairly and not being overcharged.
5. DOES THE WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ATTORNEY HAVE A TRACK RECORD FOR SUCCESS?
- Another consideration in choosing a worker’s compensation is whether law firm has a proven track record for success in court. Often times attorneys have no desire or interest in going to court, and instead take the easy route through opting for a settlement that is less than the value of the case. We refuse to take the “low-ball quick check” approach to helping injured workers. When the insurance company refuses to give proper medical treatment or pay you what your case is worth, we take them to court. If workers’ compensation insurance carrier knows you are willing to take your case to trial, this allows you to resolve the case more fairly and with higher compensation. The Goings Law Firm has a proven track record of winning cases for injured workers before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission, and we look forward to the opportunity to win your case if you are faced with a serious on the job injury.
6. HIRE A WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ATTORNEY THAT OTHER ATTORNEYS TRUST.
- We recommend hiring a workers’ compensation attorney that other attorneys trust for serious injuries that occur on the job. Asking a lawyer who they would recommend is often a good way to find an experienced attorney. Many of the workers’ compensation clients of this firm are based on recommendations from other attorneys. The Goings Law Firm is a firm that other attorneys routinely trust and hire in representing their clients before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Just 3 weeks ago the economy was booming and Americans were working more than ever. Now with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, everyone’s security in the workplace is being jeopardized. We have received inquiries from individuals who were hurt on the job prior to the pandemic but for whatever reason they delayed in giving notice of their injury. Maybe they were hoping the injury would get better on its own or maybe they were so busy with work they could not take the time off to treat. Unfortunately, we even hear of individuals that have not reported their accident because they were intimidated, they would be fired for reporting a workers’ compensation claim. Whatever the reason, injured workers find themselves in the predicament of needing to report the injury but now being temporarily laid-off due to COVID-19. The good news is you may be able to still report your accident, even if your company is shutting down for the coronavirus.
One of the essential elements of having a workers’ compensation claim in South Carolina is providing proper notice to your employer of the accident and injury. South Carolina Code Ann. § 42-15-20 provides that an employee has up to 90 days to report an injury. If you recently got hurt while working do not hesitate to report your accident. Your 90-day window runs from the date of the accident. Even if you are not at work currently you can still report your accident through virtual measures. We recommend emailing or texting your supervisor, human resource representative (HR) or owner of the company immediately. Your message or email should contain a few basic elements: date of injury, brief description, list ever body part injured and request medical treatment. Although you can still call in and speak to someone, we discourage using this reporting method by itself as employers and workers’ compensation insurance carriers often deny receiving verbal notice over the phone.
Although COVID-19 may be impacting your life and income immediately, don’t let it impact your ability to seek medical benefits and recovery for your work injuries. Let us help you answer these questions and any other questions you may have with your work injuries. Call us today at (803) 350-9230 to find out if we can help
If you are considering hiring a lawyer to represent you for an injury that occurred in the course and scope of your job, you will need to determine who is the best workers’ compensation lawyer for you. Hiring the best attorney is important. We caution people from choosing a lawyer based on silly advertisements, paid actors on commercials, or representations that appear too good to be true. You will not find any gimmicks with our firm! When injuries on the job, you need a serious lawyer that devotes time meeting with clients and representing them in court. Experience matters in hiring a workers’ compensation attorney in South Carolina. Here are some tips on hiring a workers’ compensation attorney based on frequently asked questions:
1. Should I hire a workers’ compensation attorney?
- If you have been injured on the job, the first questions to ask yourself is “Do I need to hire an attorney?” An attorney is not required for all workers’ compensation claims. In fact, many job injuries do not require the need for an attorney if injury is not severe or your work is not limited. However, we strongly recommend that you consult with an attorney if you fall within any of these categories:
- The workers’ compensation carrier has delayed or been been slow in providing medical care.
- The worker’s compensation carrier has denied your claim.
- If your injury requires surgery.
- If your injury requires you to be out of work for over 14 days.
- If your injury requires hospitalization.
- If you have not received a workers’ compensation check for being out of work.
- If any of these situations apply to you, then we strongly recommend contacting our office today to see if we can represent you in your workers’ compensation claim.
2. Will the Insurance Company hire an attorney?
- Yes, the insurance company will have a team of attorneys to represent the interests of the insurance company and the employer regardless of you hiring an attorney. If the insurance company and the employer always has attorneys representing them, shouldn’t you have an attorney to represent you? It’s can be dangerous to represent yourself in a workers’ compensation claim. Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you if your injury falls within any of the categories above.
3. Who should I hire to represent me in my workers’ compensation claim?
- It is important to hire the best attorney to represent injured workers in workers’ compensation claims. We believe the best representation that you can receive is to hire an attorney who only practices in the field of workers’ compensation. Not every attorney in South Carolina handles workers’ compensation claims. The workers’ compensation system is unique in South Carolina. The South Carolina worker’s compensation laws consist of thousands of pages of statutory laws and regulations, and case law from the South Carolina Court of Appeals and South Carolina Supreme Court. It is important to hire an attorney with a sole and singular focus in representing injury workers before the Workers’ Compensation Commission. The workers’ compensation team at the Goings Law Firm has the sole mission of only representing injured workers.
4. Look at Testimonials or Reviews when Hiring your Attorney.
- We believe that online testimonials and reviews are a great place to start when choosing a lawyers for your workers’ compensation claim. Testimonials and reviews allow you to hear from past clients who have dealt with the law office to determine if you are the right fit for that firm. We would recommend that you look at sites, like Facebook, Google, Avvo, Super Lawyers, Expertise, and Lawyers.com. You will find that the Goings Law Firm has received great reviewed from former clients!
5. Why Hire the Goings Law Firm as your Workers’ Compensation Attorney?
- When you hire the Goings Law Firm, you are getting a team of dedicated workers’ compensation professionals to represent you. We believe experience matters. The more experience your attorney has, the more likely they have seen similar cases in the past and know the best ways to prove your claim. Robert Goings founded the workers’ compensation practice. Year after year, Robert Goings receives honors for his commitment to fighting for the right of the injury. In 2019, Robert was recognized as Legal Elite under Personal Injury Law for the Columbia/Midlands Business Monthly publication. He received the most votes for Personal Injury Law and was nominated by his peers in Columbia as the Top Personal Injury Lawyer in the Midlands.
- The workers’ compensation team is lead by Christian Boesl. Christian has devoted his career to workers’ compensation in South Carolina. He is listed as a Super Lawyer and in the Best Lawyers in America in the field of Workers’ Compensation. Before joining the Goings Law Firm, Christian lead the workers’ compensation team at one of the state’s most respected insurance workers’ compensation defense firms for nearly 15 years. In defending workers’ compensation claims, he knows how the “other side” works in order to best represent you before the Workers’ Compensation Commission. His experience in defending workers’ compensation claims has proven invaluable in helping injured workers get the benefits and compensation that they deserve under the law. Many clients and opposing counsel refer to Christian’s efforts as “relentless”, “hard-charging”, and “aggressively confident.” We believe Christian is the go-to attorney for Workers’ Compensation based on his proven results both in and outside of the courtroom. Additionally, the paralegals that work at the Goings Law Firm on the workers’ compensation team only focus on workers’ compensation claims. These paralegals have a combined more than 20 years experience for on the job injuries to ensure that your case is properly handled and that your questions are timely answered. Just check out the reviews online about our workers’ compensation practice.
6. How much does the Goings Law Firm charge to represent me?
- For on the job injuries and workers’ compensation claims, the Goings Law Firm only represents clients on a no-obligation contingency fee basis. This means that we only get paid if you receive compensation. If you lose, then you owe nothing to our office. Our fee is a percentage of the recovery based on the amount permitted by the statutory laws and regulations for workers’ compensation claims in South Carolina. Our fees are fair, and reasonable, and are always approved by the Workers’ Compensation commission. Due to the complex nature of workers’ compensation laws, we believe that clients have a better chance in getting a better resolution with the aid of an experienced lawyer instead of representing yourself in court. There is a lot of value in hiring a firm like the Goings Law Firm.
7. How do I get in touch with the Goings Law Firm for my on the job injury?
- Contacting the Goings Law Firm is easy! Simply call or text us today to see if we can help you get the benefits and compensation that you deserve for your on the job injury.
If you are wondering if you should hire a workers’ compensation attorney, listen to this short video. Christian Boesl explains when you should hire an attorney to help you with your workers’ compensation claim in South Carolina. Here are the tips to know when you need an attorney. The insurance company will have attorneys defending the case against you, shouldn’t you have legal representation? Call us today at 803-350-9230 for a free, no obligation, consultation to see if we can help you.
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If you have a Shoulder Injury from a on the job injury, listen to this short video to learn how the Goings Law Firm can help you get the benefits that you deserve under the South Carolina Workers Compensation laws. You need lawyer that you can trust. Call us today at 803-350-9230 for a free consultation.
The Workers’ Compensation Act in South Carolina provides that if an employee suffers injury by accident arising out of and in the course of employment, that individual is entitled to recover medical expenses, temporary total compensation for lost time, and permanent disability benefits if he/she suffered any permanent injury as a result of the work accident. The workers’ compensation laws in South Carolina can be complex, difficult to understand, and hard to navigate without the help of an experienced workers’ compensation attorney.
Under the current law, your employer and its insurance carrier has the right to select the doctor who will treat you. If you go to see your own doctor without permission of the employer/carrier, then then employer/carrier may not be responsible for paying for the the medical treatment, unless it constitutes an emergency condition. However, you have the right to choose a physician to evaluate you for the specific disability but typically it will not be paid for by the employer.
Once you suffer an injury on the job you should immediately report it to your supervisor. This should be the same day of the accident, if possible. Never, ever delay reporting the injury to your employer. You should also request that the employer provide appropriate medical treatment. In the event that medical treatment is not provided or not paid for, it would be best to consult with an attorney to determine your rights.
If the claim continues to be contested, or denied, your lawyer should file a Form 50 on your behalf with the Workers’ Compensation Commission to request a contested hearing. This sets out the various parties, the date and description of the accident, who you reported it to, the injuries suffered, whether medical treatment is needed, any disfigurement you may have received and any other relief you may be requesting.
The employer, unless self insured, is usually represented by an insurance company known as the carrier. The carrier files an answer on a Form 51, where they may admit or deny what you have said in your Form 50. The case is then placed on the Workers’ Compensation Commission’s docket, and assigned to an individual Commissioner who acts as a fact finder and also rules on the law. A hearing is usually held within three to five months, and at the hearing the employee presents his/her case. You should understand that the employer/carrier will always have an attorney defending the case. If the employer/carrier has an experienced lawyer, shouldn’t you?
Usually medical testimony is presented in the form of a deposition and your physician will not attend a hearing. The other medical evidence that the Commissioner will rely upon are the medical records you and the Carrier present.
Once a commissioner has ruled on the case, the Commissioner will issue an Opinion and Award which sets forth his/her ruling of fact and law, and what relief, if any, the employee gets. If either party is dissatisfied with the decision, the case can be appealed to the full Commission which is made up of all the Workers’ Compensation Commissioners except for the one who heard the case originally. After that hearing is held, if either party is dissatisfied with the decision, it can be appealed to the Circuit Court and on up to the South Carolina Supreme Court, depending on the procedural posture of the claim. You have 14 days from the date of the Order to file an appeal.
Fault or negligence is not an issue regarding the payment of a workers’ compensation claim unless, for example, the employee was intoxicated at the time of the injury. Remember, if you are injured on the job, report the incident to your supervisor.
If you feel like you are not getting medical treatment or not being paid for being out of work, these are tell-tell signs that seeking legal assistance may be necessary. We are happy to discuss your claim with you to see if an attorney would be your best route to protect you. Call us today for an honest and confidential evaluation of your workers’ compensation claim. The number to the Goings Law Firm, LLC is (803) 350-9230.
A common question we get is “What happens if I cannot return to work due to my work injury.” The fear of not being able to return to work is a real concern if you have been involved in a work related injury. Often we counsel with people who have given their best years to an employer only to end up with a debilitating injury caused by their work. Like any hard working individual, they are concerned with their ability to recover and get back to work as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, many individuals suffer injuries so bad that they are no longer able to meet the work requirements of their job. Sometimes these injured workers are ill informed that their injury is limited to a recovery solely based on the injured body part. The insurance company, or its attorney, will try to hurriedly rush an injured worker into a settlement that neither represents the fully injured body part or takes into account their inability to return back to work. Many injured workers will reluctantly accept a quick settlement only to find out they don’t have a job to be able to return to and can’t support their family.
Fortunately, the South Carolina Workers Compensation Laws provide a mechanism where injured workers can receive an award to address their inability to return to their job instead of just the injured body part. To be eligible for wage loss the worker must be able to demonstrate they meet the necessary elements of a wage loss claim. If left to handle these complicated issues by themselves, injured workers may end up without the benefit of the law, or worse miss the requirements to be eligible for wage loss recovery. At the Goings Law Firm we routinely assist injured workers to determine if they may be eligible for a wage loss recovery. To determine if you need help with a workers’ compensation injury contact Attorney and Workers’ Compensation Managing Partner Christian E. Boesl with the Goings Law Firm. Let us help you get the medical treatment you deserve to back to work, or get the money you are entitled to receive if you are unable to return to your job.
August is a month to celebrate anniversaries in our office! Earlier this month, our attorney Jessica L. O’Neill Gooding celebrated her two year anniversary with us and now, our attorney Christian E. Boesl celebrates one year of working on our team at Goings Law Firm.
How did Christian end up working at our firm?
“Robert begged me! Robert and I have practiced together previously at another firm, and we enjoy trying cases together,” Christian said.
Christian is the head of our Workers’ Compensation team, which is comprised of him, Mallory, and Catherine. He has a strong workers’ compensation background, with nearly fifteen years of experience. In addition, he holds a Board of Arbitrator and Mediator Certification, approved Circuit Court Mediator for workers’ compensation.
Outside of work, Christian loves to spend time with his family—his wife, Emily, and their four children—and they help keep him active in our local community.
“Having four children keeps me pretty involved in the community from Booster Club activities to volunteering at food banks,” Christian said. He also spent time volunteering during the days and months after the 1,000 year flood that hit our city and state hard in October 2015.
Originally from Buffalo, New York, Christian became a South Carolinian after marrying Emily, a local of Columbia and it quickly became home for him due in part to the close-knit legal community
“My favorite thing about practicing in Columbia would be how cordial the Bar is and how closely connected you are to almost everyone in town,” Christian said. “It’s really almost a hometown feeling.”
Here in our office, we love having Christian as a part of our team.
“When I started my legal career, I worked at a law firm and Christian was my supervisor,” Robert Goings said. “I got to know him as an attorney and he became one of my closest friends. What I love is his honesty, his work ethic, and his passion for helping others. What has always set him apart from other people is his desire to help others. He’s a very strong advocate for his client—he believes in his clients. He never gives up. He has a zealous advocacy for people of need.”
Congratulations on your 1st anniversary, Christian! We hope to celebrate many more work anniversaries with you!
WORKERS COMPENSATION IS A NO FAULT SYSTEM
We often help people who have been told by their employer or the insurance company their on the job accident “has been denied by workers comp because they failed to follow a safety rule.” Sometimes employers mistakenly mislead employees into thinking they can’t bring a claim as a compensable workers compensation accident because the accident occurred as a result of some violated safety rule or was the fault of the employee. This reasoning is just simply not the law. The South Carolina legislature specifically designed the Workers Compensation Act to be a No Fault System. So what does no fault mean?
A “No Fault System” means whether the accident (an unexpected event or unintended result) was due to a freak chance of events or due to an actual violation of a work safety rule it is still a compensable accident under the Worker’s Compensation Act. The fault of an injured worker has no bearing on the right to recovery. (See Jones v. Harold Arnold’s Sentry Buick, 376 S.C. 375, 656 S.E.2d 772 (S.C. App. 2008). The only exception to this rule is the willful and intentional act of an employee to hurt themselves. Id.
So, if you were involved in an accident at work through no fault of your own or through your honest mistake it matters not, you are entitled to medical treatment, out of work pay and damages resulting from permanent injury. Let us answer your questions and guide you through the waters of workers compensation in South Carolina. For a free consultation call the Goings Law Firm, LLC and ask for the Workers’ Compensation Team lead by Christian E. Boesl, at 803-350-9230.
Question: Do I get reimbursed for my travel expenses when I go to the doctor?
Answer: Yes, if the round trip distance is more than ten miles from your home. Effective August 23, 2004, the South Carolina Workers Compensation Commission has approved allowance for trips to a pharmacy if the round trip distance is more than ten miles from your home. You should be reimbursed for the round trip mileage at the allowed state employees for mileage. Effective January 1, 2018, the reimbursement rate is 54.5 cents per mile.
If you have any questions or concerns about your case, just give us a call today. It will not cost you anything to see if we can help! The number is (803) 350-9230 and ask to speak with a member of our Workers Compensation team.