South Carolina Workers’ Compensation- Hiring a Lawyer?

Do I Need to Hire an Attorney for a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

If you have workers compensation claim, you’ve wondered if you should hire a workers’ compensation attorney. This is a frequently asked question. This article is designed to help you understand when you should hire an attorney for your workers compensation claim.

First, you are not required to hire a lawyer. But, we strongly recommend you find a qualified injury attorney to represent you for your South Carolina workers compensation claim.  The workers compensation laws are complex and full of pitfalls. To Quote Abraham Lincoln: “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”  We believe President Lincoln had it right.

The workers’ compensation hearing and appeals process is complicated, as you will have strict deadlines to follow and you will have to provide persuasive evidence in the manner required by the single commissioner, the commission panel or the state courts. The rules of procedure at each of these stages of appeal will vary, as will as the arguments that must be made and the types of evidence that must be presented.

Additionally, in South Carolina the employer and the insurance company will have their attorney to defend any workers compensation hearing.  The lawyer for the employer or insurance company is not your attorney, and does not represent your best interests.  The job of the insurance company’s attorney may be to deny your claim, provide minimal treatment, or to settle your case as cheap as possible.  Only a workers compensation attorney for the injured worker can: (a) advocate to have your claim approved; (b) ensure all the necessary medical treatment is being provided; and (b) work to secure you the most compensation as possible for your injuries.

When to Hire a Lawyer for your S.C. Workers’ Compensation Claim?

The best advice is to consult with a workers’ compensation lawyer as soon as possible after the injury.  You will need a South Carolina lawyer if the injury occurred in South Carolina, if your job is located in South Carolina, or if you were hired in this state.  You only have a short deadline to report your injury and to file a claim.  An experienced workers compensation attorney will make sure the claim is filed correctly.

If you do not hire an attorney immediately after the injury, we recommend hiring a Columbia workers’ compensation lawyer if you suffered any one of these type injuries: 

  • Back or Neck Injuries
  • Brain Injuries
  • Knee Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Hernia
  • Repetitive Stress Injuries
  • Injuries involving pre-existing conditions
  • Occupational Diseases (ex. chemical exposure)
  • Impairment or loss of use to any body part
  • You have a loss of earnings
  • Death Benefits

 We also recommend hiring a Columbia workers’ compensation lawyer if any one of the following occurs:

  • Your claim is denied
  • A recorded or written statement is requested
  • You are given work restrictions
  • You are not able to meet your work restrictions
  • The requested medical care is not approved
  • The medical care is delayed or slow to be approved by the adjuster
  • You are not allowed to consult with a medical specialist (ex. surgeon, or pain management)
  • Your doctor or medical provider is not on your side
  • Your weekly disability checks are late or not approved
  • Your weekly disability check amount is incorrect or too low
  • You are denied treatment other body parts (ex. your back begins to hurt after leg injury)
  • A hearing is requested
  • You are contacted by the insurance company’s lawyer
  • The adjuster will not call you back
  • You worry that you might lose your job

Why Hire Us for your South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Claim?

The Goings Law Firm, LLC is focused on results.  We are located in Columbia, several blocks from the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. Because of this, we routinely represent clients throughout the State of South Carolina.

We recognize that our reputation is earned by providing excellent service to one client at a time.  Most of our clients are earned by referrals from former or existing clients, the best compliment any lawyer can receive.  To read about what just a few clients have said about Robert F. Goings and Goings Law Firm, LLC, click here.

We are honest and dedicated to providing personalized attention to your injury claim.  Many other law firms may have “high volume” practices that devote great time and resources to advertising or making unreasonable promises. At the Goings Law Firm, LLC we devote our efforts to representing you.  We know you by your name, not by a number assigned to your case like some other firms.  Your case will not be given a “file number” and your claim will not be assigned to a paralegal or legal staff.  Robert F. Goings will personally handle your claim from start to finish.  We have the resources and experience to take your claim to the highest court in South Carolina, if necessary.  Before you hire a South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney, please consider these 5 qualities that your attorney should possess.

We invite you to call this Columbia Workers’ Compensation law firm today at (803) 350-9230, or click here to fill out an online case evaluation form. There is no obligation or charge to see if we can help.


What Clients are saying

100 stars! Mr. Goings and his staff did an amazing job in handling my case! They were with me every step of the way and made sure my case was handled with my best interest at heart! The process could not have been any easier. I am forever grateful to Mr. Goings and his team. South Carolina’s best attorney!

- Tiffany AL

Robert is the best attorney ever… you need legal representation. .. he is the one to go to.

- Jason D

After representing me after I fell down the stairs at work and injured my back, I would recommend the Goings Law Firm to handle any personal injury matter. Robert and Jessica made me feel like my case mattered to them and that my goals were their goals. They were tireless advocates for me yet they were also willing to be upfront and honest in their assessments of my options going forward. I never felt pressured to choose one course of action over the other. They treated my case like their own.

- Anonymous

Mr. Goings is an outstanding attorney. Dealing with a personal injury case can be frustrating and quite stressful. Mr. Goings and his office took care of my case with the upmost compassion and professionalism. They treated me like family. Mr. Goings is hard-working and determined to fight for his clients’ rights. I highly recommend him to anyone in need of a personal injury attorney.

- Anonymous

When I looked for an attorney for my bad car accident, I read the reviews for the Goings Law Firm. This firm had great reviews so I contacted them. Thankfully, Mr. Goings took my case and fully explained the process to me and he took the worry out of my mind. Before hiring him, I tried to settle my case with the insurance company on my own, but I was low balled- Mr. Goings and his office got me a lot more than I ever imagined. A big thanks to his office!

- Anonymous

The Goings Law Firm went above and beyond assisting me after a serious auto accident. Robert Goings and Katie Gould were thorough and kind explaining every step of the process to me, sometimes more than once. Robert was persistent and professional making sure that we received the highest allowable compensation from all parties. I could not have been more pleased with the overall outcome.

- Car Accident Client

It has been a great experience having you represent my family as Our Attorney. I have learned a lot, and have come to understand the importance of good counsel. You and your team are the best. You guys are officially our family Law Firm. Thanks Robert.

- Workers’ Comp Client

Words cannot adequately express my gratitude for Robert Goings, and his amazingly talented team at Goings Law Firm, LLC. Mr. Goings was always genuinely concerned about my health, and overall well-being, was instrumental in recommending the best medical treatment plan for my injury, and most importantly, he treated me as if I were family. Mr. Goings was extremely attentive to every detail regarding my case, and he executed professional results and recovery, well beyond my greatest expectation.

- Slip and Fall Client

Robert Goings was my lawyer when I was in a terrible car accident caused by a drunk driver. I would not be where I am today without Robert and his staff. He worked very hard for me and was with me from the beginning to the end. He stuck to his word and got me the compensation that I deserved. I really appreciate what Robert and his office has done for me.

- Personal Injury Client

Mr. Goings worked tirelessly to resolve my husband’s case, despite the fact my husband wasn’t always the best client, and we still ended up with the best possible outcome because, in my opinion, we had the best attorney. Robert Goings is a professional, caring, experienced attorney with an amazing paralegal, Katie, and a wonderful support staff. If you need legal representation, The Goings Law Firm is the only call you need to make.

- Personal Injury Client

Mr. Goings stood up for my Constitutional Rights. He is a not your typical lawyer and you can trust him like a friend. His staff is very friendly, accommodating, and helpful throughout the entire process.

- Anonymous

Mr. Goings welcomed me in as family, he kept in contact with me about my case all the way to the end.. He works very hard to get justice.. Him and his team is very polite and hard workers.. He deserve more then 5 stars if I had to do it all over again he would be the call.. If anyone is looking for a personal injury lawyer he would be the right person to call don’t hesitate to call.. I thank him and his staff so much for everything they have done for me.

- Personal Injury Client

Hands down one of the BEST attorneys in the state!! Robert Goings exceeded all of my expectations. He welcomed me and my daughter with open arms and he kept me informed every step of the way. I knew exactly what was going on in my case and I really like that about him. His entire staff was awesome and I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a personal injury attorney. I guarantee you, you will be very pleased with Mr. Goings. Honestly, he definitely deserves more than 5 stars!!

- Personal Injury Client

After being rear ended in a car accident, I needed help navigating the insurance settlement. Having never needed the services of an attorney, I was very anxious about the whole process. Robert Goings & his staff were excellent to work with; at no point did I question my decision or feel that we would achieve anything less than the best possible settlement. I would never hesitate to recommend him to family, friends or strangers!

- Car Accident Client

Goings Law Firm was very helpful and patient with me. Goings Law Firm educated me about the legal side of things and help me understand my case. I would recommend Goings Law Firm to anyone.

- Workers’ Comp Client

Mr. Goings was caring and professional during a very difficult time in my life. I was faced with the sudden loss of my mother in a car accident, and Robert took the time to talk to me and check up on me throughout the duration of the case. I applaud his sensitivity and willingness to go the extra mile. I would recommend his firm to anyone that wants the best legal representation in South Carolina!

- Personal Injury Client

Robert and his staff have gone above and beyond, they are absolutely amazing at what they do. I would definitely call his office again if the need should arise.

- Workers’ Comp Client

I highly recommend Robert Goings! He is absolutely incredible!!! I had suffered from a dog bite injury and Robert went above and beyond to have me taken care of. He is extremely personable, I never felt like a “client”. He and his staff treated me as well as my family with genuine kindness. I am blessed to have had him take such great care of me and my case.

- Dog Bite Client

He was very kind and knowledgeable. He gave me status updates in a timely matter. I was VERY pleased.

- Personal Injury Client