As personal injury attorneys with over 60 years of combined experience in Columbia accidents and injuries, the lawyers at Peake & Fowler have handled a fair share of construction accidents and other workplace accidents and on-the-job injuries. In these cases, the proper recourse is not always a negligence claim or lawsuit but may instead be the pursuit of a claim for workers’ compensation. Our firm is experienced in pursuing claims for workers’ comp benefits, including representation at informal conferences, hearings and appeals before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission or in state court.
In many instances workers’ compensation is the sole recourse for an injured worker to receive compensation for medical expenses and lost wages; in most cases workers are prohibited from suing their employer for damages. The workers’ compensation system was set up as a tradeoff of the ability to sue in exchange for a quick and guaranteed payment without requiring proof of fault. In reality, however, obtaining workers’ compensation benefits is neither quick nor guaranteed. In order to be successful, the worker must be able to document the injury with medical evidence and prove the accident was work-related. Meanwhile, employers and their insurance companies may fight hard against the payment of workers’ comp benefits.
At Peake & Fowler, our South Carolina workers’ compensation attorneys help to make sure your claim is properly filed so that you will get a fair amount of benefits for your illness or injury. We fight employer and insurer objections and appeal denials to the appropriate authority, utilizing our decades of legal experience in personal injury litigation to provide you with aggressive and effective representation. We may advise and represent you in civil litigation as well, in the event your workplace accident was caused by your employer’s reckless or intentional act or the negligence of a third party. Our lawyers take a comprehensive approach to making sure you get all of the compensation available to you, including social security disability benefits where appropriate.