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Hurt at work? Don't let a denied benefits claim hurt you as well

A work accident can change your life in an instant. Even a seemingly minor incident can result in pain, financial losses and long-term medical needs. There is no way to reverse the damage, but workers' compensation benefits may help you deal with these complications and allow you to get the care you need for your recovery.

However, your recovery can come to a complete halt when you learn that your workers' compensation claim came back denied. While this is incredibly frustrating, the denial is not necessarily the end of the story. A denied claim may feel like a step back, but you have the right to keep fighting for the benefits you need through an appeal.

Workers' compensation and South Carolina manufacturing plants

Many small towns across South Carolina benefit greatly from manufacturing plants that set up business locally. The jobs offered supply local residents with employment, and most often include a lucrative benefits package with health insurance and retirement benefits. Regardless of how lucrative the employment package may be, manufacturing plants are also responsible for a number of on-the-job injuries and fatalities. When those occur, the workers' compensation insurance program offers benefits to those who have been hurt, including the surviving family members of deceased victims.

A recent ammonia leak resulted in a food plant worker in another state being transported to a local hospital. She suffered facial burns from the blast. The victim was transported to a local hospital and treated for injuries that were not life-threatening. A hazmat worker was also taken to a local hospital where the worker was seen and treated for exhaustion.

Simple errors cause of many car accidents in South Carolina

With the increase of population in many areas, the increase of drivers has followed suit. With more and more drivers on the road, the number of car accidents and resulting fatalities increases. A local South Carolina woman has recently lost her life in a fatal car crash.

A 24-year-old woman and her 5-year-old passenger were heading north in an SUV on a local highway around 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday, June 27. The driver attempted to make a left hand turn and struck a small sedan in the process. The driver of the sedan became trapped. Firefighters were later able to free her, and she was transported to a local hospital where she later succumbed to her injuries.

South Carolina workers' compensation for fatally injured?

Construction and industrial employment can be dangerous and even fatal. Working with large machinery and the possible exposure to toxic chemicals can lead to injury while on the job. South Carolina employees who find themselves hurt while working and families who have lost a loved one who has been fatally hurt while on the job have access to workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can help families bridge the financial gap that losing the ability to work can create.

Authorities received the call for assistance on June 22 around 3:35 p.m. Two employees of a family owned meat packing facility became unresponsive and fell into a sewer pit while working. A 40-year-old male employee was pronounced dead at the scene. His cousin was airlifted to a local hospital and is reported to be in critical condition.

Deadly auto accidents in South Carolina possible result of DUI

When driving South Carolina roads at the middle of the night, there is usually very little traffic to share the road with. Roads are deserted except for third shift workers and the occasional late night run to the local convenience store, which significantly decreases the likelihood of auto accidents. Sometimes, one will have the ill fate of encountering a driver who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. One local family is grieving the loss of a loved one after a man apparently took to the roads while intoxicated.

The man was arrested and charged with felony DUI on June 14. Police say the SUV driver was under the influence when failed to stop at a red light. This caused the SUV to read-end a small sedan that was sitting at the light.

South Carolina workers' compensation lessens financial gap

Workplace injuries and accidents occur, but seem to be more prevalent in the construction field. Even so, that does not exempt any employee from being injured while on the job. Should an accident or mishap occur while a South Carolina resident is performing his or her work tasks, the benefits of the workers' compensation program are available. This program requires all employers to carry a specific insurance which helps to ease the financial strain on employees should they be hurt while working and unable to earn an income as a result of the injury.

A recent construction accident has injured three workers in another state. The incident occurred on June 1, 2017. The workers were hurt when two scissor lifts fell over. Two of the men were seriously injured and a third suffered minor harm.

South Carolina trucking accidents rise with the summer heat

Road work can put a damper on travel plans and construction can frustrate drivers when the pace slows to a crawl, or worse yet, to a standstill. But road improvements are crucial to keeping vehicle operators and their passengers safe. With more people on the roads during the summer months, the likelihood of accidents increases, particularly on the highway. A South Carolina interchange construction project was recently the location for deadly car crash that involved multiple vehicles and tractor-trailers.

On Friday, June 2 at around 5:15 a.m., authorities were called to the scene of an accident involving two cars and two tractor-trailers. According to reports, one of the tractor-trailers involved in the accident was unable to stop and crashed into traffic that had been stopped due to the construction on the highway. A car was trapped in between the two tractor-trailers, which led to the death of two people.

Don't be crushed by the impact of a tractor-trailer injury claim

What's the difference between a collision between two average-sized cars and an accident that involves a car and tractor-trailer? The answer is: approximately 76,000 pounds! A typical tractor-trailer weighs about 40 tons, which is obviously capable of causing serious damage upon impact. Most motorists who drive on South Carolina highways (or any major freeway in the nation) likely understands how absolutely terrifying it can be when one of these massive commercial vehicles comes barreling close-by in traffic.

When a tractor-trailer collides with another vehicle, the results are often catastrophic. In fact, many of the reported fatal accident injuries every year occur in accidents involving enormous trucks. Knowing more about the top causes of tractor-trailer crashes may help you stay on the lookout for potential problems while traveling.

South Carolina employees should keep their workers' compensation

Being injured while on the job can have a ripple effect. First, the employee is injured and has the medical and pain-management aspect of the incident. Next comes the financial aspect, which can really put families in a rough spot. When South Carolina workers are hurt on the job, workers' compensation is available to help financially during the time that the injured employee is not able to work.

A maintenance shop worker for an auto company manufacturer in another state was injured on the job while using a piece of cleaning equipment. Her attorney at that time contacted her and visited her at home after she was released from the hospital. The woman signed a blank retainer agreement, which gave the representing attorney the freedom to file a products liability case. Unbeknownst to the victim, the claim should have been filed as a workers' compensation claim.

Auto accidents in South Carolina continue to take lives

When driving on South Carolina roads, most vehicle operators never expect not to make it to their intended destination. With so many distractions these days, from cell phones, alcohol, radios and other smart devices, the probability of being involved or witnessing auto accidents has increased two-fold. Even the most cautious and experienced drivers are not immune from the possible negligent actions of others on the road.

Around 10:20 p.m. on May 20, 2017, a vehicle crossed the center line. Once across the line, the car hit an oncoming vehicle head-on. The driver of the offending car was not wearing a seat belt.

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