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Tips for Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Tips for Hiring a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

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:
  1. The workers’ compensation carrier has delayed or been been slow in providing medical care.
  2. The worker’s compensation carrier has denied your claim.
  3. If your injury requires surgery.
  4. If your injury requires you to be out of work for over 14 days.
  5. If your injury requires hospitalization.
  6. 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.

Do you have a Shoulder Injury from a Work Related Accident?

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.

 


Deadline to Give Notice of an Injury in Worker’s Compensation

When is it too late to give notice of an injury?

Answer:  After 90 days of the injury!

You may have heard this in connection of an accident you had at work from your employer or their insurance carrier.. “I’m sorry because you did not report your injury immediately on the day it happened your claim has been denied and Worker’s Comp. cannot cover you.”   If you have heard this from an insurance company or an employer please know that this is not the law.

Although timely reporting of an injury may help your claim, South Carolina workers compensation laws only require that reporting of an accident and injury to the employer within 90 days of the date of the accident.  In another words…immediately means within 90 days, regardless of the employer’s policies or rules.  This 90 day rule cannot be changed or altered by an employee policy or handbook.  If you fail to give notice to your employer within 90 of the accident, you could lose your right to recover any workers compensation benefits.

We find that many individuals who are injured on the job are hopeful the injury will simply go away in a few days and never report it for that reason.  Often these hard working individuals are more concerned with getting the job done than taking care of themselves. Sometimes the injured employee is even bullied into thinking if they report it they will be hurting the company or jeopardizing their job.  Often they will work until the job is completed that day in the hopes that taking a couple days off or easing off the amount of work they’re doing for the next week will somehow allow an orthopedic type injury to heal. Unfortunately, the injured workers intent is actually focused on helping the employer however the delay will likely provide ammunition for the insurance company to deny your case. Don’t let that happen to you. Know the law and know the attorneys who know the law. For free consultation please contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC at 803-350-9230.  Let us help you get the benefits you deserve under the law.


Steps to take if you are the Victim of an Auto Accident

An auto accident can be overwhelming, confusing, and terrifying. As we have already noted several times, auto accidents are on the rise this summer in South Carolina. At the Goings Law Firm, LLC, we want you to be prepared if you are the unfortunate victim of a South Carolina auto accident. By taking certain key steps immediately after an accident you will be in a better position to hold the responsible party accountable for the damage they have caused you.

Stay calm.

One of the fist things you should do after an accident is to take a deep breath and remain calm. This is not the time to loose your cool. Once you have collected yourself, put your hazard lights on.

Check for injuries.

First, make sure that you are ok, and then check with the passengers in your car to make sure they don’t have any serious or life threatening injuries. After checking everyone in your own car, check your surroundings, make sure it is safe to exit your car, and then check for serious or life-threatening injuries with the driver(s) or passenger(s) of other cars involved in the accident. If you believe that anyone has sustained serious or life-threatening injuries, then call 911 immediately.

Many injuries as a result of an auto accident are not immediately apparent. Because of the adrenalin and initial shock that often come with an auto accident, pain from back and neck injuries often manifests in the days or weeks following an accident. For this reason, it is always a good idea to call an ambulance to the scene of the accident and get checked out by a medical professional.

For minor accidents, move your car to safety.

Traffic surrounding an accident scene can often lead to further accidents or create further hazards for cars already involved. If your car is movable, then consider moving to the side of the road or a safer location. If you move your car, be sure to take pictures of your car as it is in the accident scene before moving it.

Call the police. Get an accident report.

An accident report can be very helpful for establishing liability. An officer will come to the scene and talk to both parties and fill out an accident report. In South Carolina, the accident report you receive at the scene will be called a form FR-10, be sure to save this form. You should call the police, even for the most minor accidents. The other driver may suggest not calling the police, but do not listen to them. Call the police anyways. Again, if there is an emergency, call 911. If it is a minor accident, police departments have non-emergency numbers.

In the City of Columbia, the non-emergency number for car accidents is: (803) 252-2911

Exchange information with the other driver and all witnesses.

You should get the other driver’s name, phone number, and address. You should also collect the insurance information. Be sure to get the insurance company name and the policy number. If there are any passengers in the other car, or if there are any witnesses to the accident, be sure to also get their name, address, and phone number(s).

Take pictures.

This is your best chance to collect information about the accident. Take as many pictures as possible. Cell phone cameras are very handy in this situation. Be sure to get pictures of all cars involved in the accident. Also take pictures of the area of road or intersection where the accident occurred. If there are skid marks or any other evidence of the accident at the scene, be sure to take pictures of all of this.

Do not admit fault or apologize.

Even though the accident may not be your fault, you may be tempted to apologize for the accident. This could be viewed as an admission of fault. Often, fault for an accident is not clear, and you should refrain from any statement that could be viewed as an admission of fault.

Contact your insurance company.

Even when the accident is not your fault, you should report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible after the accident. Give your insurance company the information (name, address, insurance policy, etc.) of the other drivers involved.

If you are injured as the result of an auto accident, then contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC

Dealing with the aftermath of a car accident can be very long and difficult process. If you believe you have sustained injuries, things can become even more complicated. Enlisting the help of an experienced Columbia personal injury attorney early in the process can go a long way in helping you deal with the complex aftermath of an auto accident. The South Carolina legal team at the Goings Law Firm, LLC has experience working with insurance companies to help ensure you get the best possible result for your injuries. If you have been injured by another driver’s negligence, then you deserve to be compensated for your injuries. Contact the Goings Law Firm, LLC today at (803) 350-9230, for a free case consultation.


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