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South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Cheat Sheet

Compensation Rates

Workers’ compensation benefits for personal injury can include medical treatment, lost wages, and compensation for permanent disability or injury. The statute of limitations for filing a workers’ compensation claim in South Carolina is generally two years from the date of injury. 

Average Weekly Wage (AWW)

The average weekly wage (AWW) refers to the average amount of money an employee earns per week before taxes. It is a key factor used to determine the amount of compensation an injured worker may receive while they are unable to work due to a work-related injury or illness. 

Compensation Rate (CR)

The compensation rate (CR) refers to the amount of money that an injured worker receives on a weekly or bi-weekly basis as compensation for their work-related injury or illness. It is typically calculated based on a percentage of the worker’s AWW prior to the injury.

Weeks Allowed for Scheduled Members (§42-9-30)

 

Thumb65 Weeks
Finger – Index (1st)40 Weeks
Finger – Middle (2nd)35 Weeks
Finger – Ring (3rd)25 Weeks
Finger – Little (4th)20 Weeks
Toe – Great35 Weeks
Toe – Other10 Weeks
Amputation: Below 1st joint/phalangeEntire Digit
Amputation: Portion opposite base of nail bed or above¼ Weeks Allowed
Amputation: Base of nail to 1st joint½ Weeks Allowed
Hand185 Weeks
Arm220 Weeks
Shoulder300 Weeks
Back300*, 500** Weeks
Hip280 Weeks
Leg195 Weeks
Foot140 Weeks

*If disability award is 49% or less

**If disability award is 50% or greater

Weeks Allowed for Scheduled Body Parts (WC Regulation 67-1101)

 

Breast10-75 Weeks
Breasts25-250 Weeks
Coccyx1-10 Weeks
Gallbladder10-75 Weeks
Kidney25-400 Weeks 
Lung25-400 Weeks
Pancreas10-500 Weeks
Rib1.5-10 Weeks
Scrotum and Testicles30-350 Weeks
Spleen2.5-250 Weeks
Testicle10-75 Weeks
Testicles25-250 Weeks
Tongue50-500
Tooth½-2 Weeks
Biliary Tract75-400 Weeks
Bladder25-250 Weeks
Brain25-250 Weeks
Bronchi or Bronchus25-400 Weeks
Esophagus25-400 Weeks
Cervix10-100 Weeks
Clavicle10-100 Weeks
Colon25-250 Weeks
Diaphragm25-250 Weeks
Duodenum10-250 Weeks
Fallopian Tubes10-100 Weeks
Heart25-250 Weeks
Intestine, Small10-400 Weeks
Larynx25-400 Weeks
Liver25-250 Weeks
Mandible10-100 Weeks
Ovaries10-100 Weeks
Palate25-250 Weeks
Penis25-250 Weeks
Prostate10-100 Weeks
Rectum10-250 Weeks
Scapula10-200 Weeks
Skin5-300 Weeks
Spermatic Cord10-100 Weeks
Sternum10-100 Weeks
Stomach25-250 Weeks
Thyroid Gland10-100 Weeks
Ureter10-100 Weeks
Urethra10-100 Weeks
Vagina25-250 Weeks
Vulva25-250 Weeks
Nasal Passage10-75 Weeks
Olfactory Nerve10-75 Weeks
Sinus5-30 Weeks

 

Mileage Rates

In some cases, mileage reimbursement may be provided for travel to medical appointments and/or to a pharmacy if related to your work-related injury or illness. 

Commonly Used South Carolina Commissions Forms

 

FormsTitle of FormCode § / Regulation
12AFirst Report of Injury§42-19-10/R 67-411
14BPhysician’s StatementR 67-802, 803, 804
15Temporary Compensation Report§42-9-260 / R67-503,   67-506
16AAgreement for Permanent Disability/Disfigurement Compensation§42-9-390, §42-15-60, R 67-801, 67-802
17Receipt of CompensationR 67-504 – 67-506
18Periodic ReportR 67-413
19Status Report & Compensation Receipt§42-9-270 / R 67-414
20Statement of Earnings of Injured Employee§42-1-40 / R 67-606, 67-804, 67-1603
51Employer’s Answer to Request for HearingR 67-603, 67-604

 

SC Workers’ Compensation Commission

Individuals may contact the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission to view regulations, find compensation and mileage rates, and inquire for additional information.

Disability Definitions

 

Temporary Total Disability Benefits (TTD)

TTD benefits are a type of workers’ compensation benefit provided to employees who are temporarily unable to work due to a work-related injury or illness. These benefits are intended to replace a portion of the injured worker’s lost wages during the period of time they are unable to work. 

Temporary Partial Disability Benefits (TPD)

TPD benefits are another type of workers’ compensation benefit provided to employees who suffer a work-related injury or illness but are still able to work in some capacity. These benefits are intended to compensate workers for the wage loss they experience due to their reduced earning capacity during their recovery period. 

Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)

PPD benefits are provided in workers’ compensation cases where an injured worker has reached maximum medical improvement, but they still have a permanent impairment or disability resulting from their work-related injury or illness. PPD benefits compensate the worker for the lasting effects of their injury or illness compared to TTD or TPD where benefits are only intended to cover a temporary period of wage loss. 

Permanent Total Disability (PTD)

PTD benefits are provided in cases where an injured worker is deemed permanently and totally disabled as a result of a work-related injury or illness. Unlike temporary disability benefits, which are intended to cover a temporary period of wage loss while the worker is recovering, PTD benefits compensate the worker for a permanent inability to engage in any substantial gainful employment. 

Death Benefits

Death benefits are a type of compensation provided in workers’ compensation cases when a worker passes as a result of a work-related injury or illness. These benefits are intended to provide financial support to the dependents or beneficiaries of the deceased workers. They can include funeral and burial expenses, survivor and dependency benefits, and lump-sum or periodic payments. 

 

The laws and regulations surrounding workers’ compensation cases can be complex and difficult to navigate. If you have been injured on the job, it is highly recommended to consult an expert workers’ compensation attorney to guide you through the claims process and ensure the best possible outcome in obtaining the compensation you deserve. Contact Philpot Law Firm for a free consultation with a workers’ compensation lawyer today!