Wilder Law work injury attorneys won’t stop fighting for you until your benefits are secured.
A workplace injury or illness can befall any person, at any time. Even in Fort Mill, South Carolina, an unsuspecting worker can be suddenly struck down by debilitating job-related injury or sickness. But when the time comes, workers’ compensation should exist to pick up the tab when your paycheck ends.
Unfortunately, the process of obtaining workers’ compensation benefits isn’t always so straightforward and simple like it should be. When disputes or confusion arises in a work injury claim, the knowledgeable attorneys at the Wilder Pantazis Law Group are there to help injured workers navigate the complex workers’ compensation system.
Following a work accident, it’s important to find the right attorney to take on your case. Our South Carolina work injury lawyers have helped thousands of accident victims throughout their careers, and we’re prepared to help you, too. With multi-state certifications to practice workers’ compensation law, our team is fully prepared to handle the intricacies of your case while you rest and recuperate.
An on-the-job injury can require weeks or even months of recovery time. Don’t let your family miss out on hard-earned benefits like medical reimbursement and financial assistance. The good news is there are options for workers in Fort Mill. We can walk you through your legal options and outline your best course of action. No 2 cases are the same. Act now to speak with an experienced attorney about your situation.
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Charlotte, NC 28205
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Our law firm is located just 22 miles north of Fort Mill, in the Echo Hills neighborhood of Charlotte. To visit our office, take I-77 N to Charlotte and get off at exit 9B to merge onto I-277 N/US-74 E. Continue onto US-74 E and follow signs for NC-27 E/Independence Expy. After a couple miles, turn right onto Briar Creek Road, then turn left onto Monroe Road in less than half a mile. Our office is on the left.
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With decades of legal experience and various workers’ compensation certifications, we know how to make the law work for you. You can count on us to see your case through from start to finish, and we’ll do our very best to secure a favorable outcome.” – Attorney Beau Wilder
Workers’ compensation in Fort Mill, SC: what you need to know
You don’t have to feel helpless after suffering a workplace injury or being diagnosed with an occupational illness. Help is just a phone call or email away. In the meantime, learn more information about workers’ compensation law in Fort Mill, South Carolina.
South Carolina workers’ comp laws
According to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, any business that employs 3 or more employees—even those operating as sole proprietorships, corporations or limited liability companies (LLCs)—must purchase and carry workers’ compensation insurance at all times.
There are only a few exceptions to this rule, such as employees of certain railroads, “casual employees” who are not working in the usual course of trade, business or occupation of the employer, domestic workers directly employed by the household, farm laborers and federal government employees.
Statute of limitations
The statute of limitations is the same in both North and South Carolina. Injured employees have just 2 years from the date of their workplace injury or illness diagnosis to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
What’s more, injured employees only have 30 days to notify their employer when they sustain an on-the-job injury. Any delay will be seen as a “red flag” for the insurance company and your employer, and your claim might be denied as a result.
Types of workers’ comp benefits available
- Lost wages. Employees who qualify for workers’ compensation benefits can expect a maximum of two-thirds your average weekly wage, with the maximum weekly benefit changing on a regular basis due to inflation. These are also commonly referred to as “wage loss” and “indemnity” benefits.
- Medical reimbursement. Qualified employees will have medical expenses and treatments covered, as well as any travel that’s further than 20 miles round trip at the rate of 54 cents per mile (as of 2016).
- Permanent Partial Disability (PPD). You may be entitled to PPD benefits (financial and medical) if you are unable to heal sufficiently enough to return to work.
- Vocational rehabilitation. If your injury or illness is so debilitating that you can’t return to your old job or are earning less income as a result, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation services.
- Death benefits. If a person dies due to a fatal workplace accident or job-related illness, then their surviving spouse, children and other family members may have access to wrongful death benefits, including two-thirds of the deceased’s pre-injury average weekly wage for 500 weeks, in addition to funeral and burial expenses totaling up to $10,000.
How to file for workers’ compensation in Fort Mill
If you’ve been seriously injured on the job, then your first step is to seek medical treatment immediately. Some workplace injuries occur over time from constant repetitive motion and an emergency doctor’s visit might not be needed. But if you are in immediate distress, call 911. Then, take the following steps:
- Report your injury to your manager or supervisor. Starting a paper trail about your injury is key to securing the maximum workers’ compensation benefits. Put the notification in writing. Don’t assume that telling a coworker about the injury is enough. If you wait more than 30 days to report the injury, you could lose out on the ability to receive full benefits.
- Get a list of approved doctors from your employer. If you balk at using the doctors or specialists on the list your employer provided (referred to as the “panel of physicians”), and you proceed to use your own doctor, understand that your employer and their insurance company may use that as an excuse to deny you compensation.
- Submit the proper paperwork to the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. Start by printing Form 12A (First Report of Injury) from the SCWCC website, and follow the instruction on how to submit it. Once you start down this path, reach out to an experienced local attorney so that you can bring their knowledge to bear in your case.
- Document the claim. Ask your employer for copies of all documents they have filed regarding your claim or on your behalf. Make certain you’ve made a copy of the Form 12A and ask your supervisor or manager for a written report on the incident. If they will not write one, you should.
- Update your employer. Keep your employer in the loop at every step of the process. If your doctor issues a stay-at-home order, excuses you from work or gives restrictions on the type of work you can perform, ask for this in writing and notify your manager immediately.
- Check with the insurance company. Verify that your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company has been notified and a claim started. Get the name and phone number of the insurance company from whomever handles your workplace HR office. If possible, get the name of the person who is handling your claim. This person is the adjuster, and you are allowed to speak directly with that person.
- Consult an attorney. Lastly, speak with an attorney about your injuries and predicament. Many attorneys charge no fees until they’ve helped you recover the full workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to. Here at the Wilder Pantazis Law Group, initial consultations are free, too! We’ve helped thousands of injured workers overcome a variety of injuries and obstacles so that you can recover physically and financially.
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About Fort Mill, South Carolina
Fort Mill (also known as Fort Mill Township) is located in northeastern York County, South Carolina, close to the border with North Carolina. The town was established in 1873 on the site of a fort built by the British in colonial times, close to a location named Webb’s Mill.
Before Scotch-Irish settlers started arriving in the 1750s, the area was home to the Catawba Nation. The region grew over the ensuing decades due to numerous textile mills that sprang up in the 1800s. As Charlotte grew, Fort Mill became a suburb and slowly started to diversify its employment offerings as textile mills shut down.
Fort Mill historically had a small population, not reaching 1,000 people until the turn of the 20th century. The population hovered in the 1,000 to 3,000 range for many decades until it hit 4,000 in 1970, 10,000 in 2010 and is expected to hit 22,000 in 2020. Fort Mill is an enclave known for its peach orchards, a large nature preserve called Anne Springs Close Greenway, and a minor league basketball franchise called The PrimeTime Players.
A few notable folks who have called Fort Mill home include Medal of Honor recipient (and the most decorated U.S. Navy sailor in history) James E. Williams, NFL defensive tackle Vance Walker, WWI flying ace and industrialist Elliot White Springs, Camden, New Jersey mayor Randy Primas, Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst, Pro Wrestler Heath Slater and 2016 Disc Golf World Champion Ricky Wysocki. Fort Mill was also home to the television evangelist Jim Bakker’s Heritage USA ministries.
Top employers and industries in Fort Mill, SC
Several notable businesses have headquarters in Fort Mill, or the area surrounding it—including LPL Financial (with more than 2,200 employees), Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps, Continental Tire, Diversey cleaning products with 350 employees, CompuCom Systems, Domtar with 600 on staff, Sunbelt Rentals with 300 employees, Mood Media business music services with 250 employees, AECOM, Shutterfly with 650 employees, Springs Industries, Red Ventures, Daimler Trucks North America with roughly 500 employees, and Puckerbutt Pepper Company.
Other large companies in the Fort Mill area include Lash Group, a healthcare reimbursement and consulting organization with nearly 2,000 employees, Ross Stores with just under 3,000 employees, Piedmont Medical Center with about 1,700 employees, auto engine component manufacturer Schaeffler Group with 1,300 employees, Wells Fargo call center with 1,100 workers, Comporium Communications with 1,100 employers, Duke Energy Catawba with 800 on staff, U.S. Foods with 750 employees, West Marine boating products with 350 employees, Meritor truck and auto parts with 330 employees, Metrolina Greenhouses with just under 400 employees, Citi Financial with just over 300 employees, Stanley Black & Decker with just over 300 employees, Britax child safety equipment manufacturer with 300 employees, Broad River Furniture (Ashley) with just under 300 employees, Maclean Power York (makers of high-voltage insulators) with 260 employees and Performance Friction Corp (an auto brake pad and rotor manufacturer) with 260 employees.
Learn more about York County’s major employers.
Local resources for Fort Mill, SC residents
Official government websites
Local legal resources
Fort Mill Magistrate Court
200 Tom Hall St
Fort Mill, SC 29715
York County Clerk of Court
20 W Liberty St
York, SC 29745
South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission
1333 Main St, Suite 500
Columbia, SC 29202-1715
South Carolina Bar
950 Taylor St
Columbia, SC 29201
Local community resources
Fort Mill Police Department
112 Confederate St
Fort Mill, SC 29715
York County Sheriff’s Office
Fort Mill Public Library Building (2nd Floor)
1826 Second Baxter Crossing
Fort Mill, SC 29708
Fort Mill School District
2233 Deerfield Dr
Fort Mill, SC 29715
York County Public Library (Fort Mill branch)
1818 2nd Baxter Crossing
Fort Mill, SC 29708
York County Regional Chamber
2222 Gold Hill Rd, Suite 4
Fort Mill, SC 29708