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Best practices for helping injured workers

When a South Carolina employee is injured, the employer's top priority should be to get that worker healthy and back to work as soon as possible. Another priority is to control costs related to that injury. In 30 percent of all workplace injuries, a worker can recover through self-treatment as opposed to going to the emergency room. By addressing an injury in the first 24 hours after it occurs, employers could eliminate some costly emergency room visits.

If a worker does go to the emergency room, the visit alone could cost $1,000 or more. However, employers should make sure that an employee gets the care that he or she needs regardless of cost. Sending an employee to the right medical professional may make it easier for that person to recover quicker and keep costs down.

Employers should be involved in the injury case from the beginning to the end. Active involvement puts the employee at ease and reduces the odds of litigation. Cases should be regularly reviewed regardless of how long they take to close, but regular and consistent case reviews should be mandatory for those lasting 12 months or more. Overall, it is estimated that 6 percent of cases make up 50 percent of costs, and those cases tend to revolve around brain or spinal injuries.

Workers who are injured during the course of employment may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Such benefits could include a percentage of lost wages as well as the provision of necessary medical treatment. The claim process is time-specific, and an attorney who has experience with these matters can often be of assistance to an injured victim in preparing and filing the required documents.

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