In order to be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits,
you must be aware of the various time limits that, if missed, can keep
you out of the running for workers’ compensation. A good rule of
thumb to follow is the sooner you file a claim, the better. In this blog, our
Greenville workers’ compensation attorney explains the different time limits claimants are required to adhere to.
General exceptions to workers’ compensation filing time limits can include:
- Injuries that result in coma
- Injuries that are severe in nature and require prolonged treatment or surgery
- Contagious illnesses that require that the employee be quarantined
Occupational diseases usually refers to a medical condition that has formed
over more than just a one-day shift period at work. Employees who work
directly with or around radiation, toxins, fumes, or even noise are subject
to being diagnosed with an occupational disease later on in life. In South
Carolina, a claimant must file within two years of receiving diagnoses
from a doctor. Keep in mind that you should file your claims in a timely
manner – should you unknowingly miss a deadline, you may not be
able to file at all.
For injuries sustained at work, state law gives employees 90 days from
the day of the accident to file a claim. If your condition feels as though
it may be mild or moderate, that should not discourage you from filing
a claim – there’s a chance your condition or injury will worsen
after the deadline for filing for a claim has passed. This is most common
with employees who suffer from back injuries. While they seem rather asymptomatic
at first, oftentimes employees fail to file a claim in a timely manner
and it’s too late once the condition worsens.
If you think you may have a workers’ compensation case, you should
not hesitate to contact
Christian & Davis LLC today. We work tirelessly to ensure that you are aware of your legal options
and are proud to stand by you and advocate on your behalf.
Call our Greenville workers’ compensation lawyers at (864) 408-8890 to
schedule a free consultation.