What training and risk management strategies are utilized by a large road and bridge construction company? Collins & Lacy Workers’ Compensation attorney, Jennifer Newman, speaks with Jeffrey Hanson of the United Infrastructure Group on today’s podcast episode. Listen here.
Workers' Compensation Law Blog
The South Carolina Workers' Compensation Law Blog provides timely information and updates on legal issues related to the practice of workers' compensation law in the Palmetto State.
The Court of Appeals issued an interesting ruling relating to the compensability of death due to alcoholism and a claimant’s right to allege bad faith. Specifically, the Court held Claimant’s ultimate death due to alcoholism was not causally related to his right rotator cuff injury—incurred roughly two years prior. In support of this, it appears the… Continue Reading
Ashley Kirkham is a shareholder at Collins and Lacy where she focuses her practice on Columbia worker’s compensation defense representing employers and their carriers against claims and disputes throughout South Carolina. Obviously, COVID-19 is new and has only been around for a little over a year at this point, but the law that we are… Continue Reading
From the Collins & Lacy Workers’ Compensation team: The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission has confirmed the maximum compensation rate for injuries occurring in 2021 is $903.40, an increase of $36.74 from 2020’s rate. The rate is based on the average of South Carolina wages from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. The mileage reimbursement… Continue Reading
As of May 1, 2020, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission will begin to issue fines for reports and forms not timely filed by their respective due date. The Commission briefly suspended issuing fines at the end of November 2019 during the implementation of KERMIT. Now is the time to review your South Carolina claims… Continue Reading
The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission has confirmed the maximum compensation rate for injuries occurring in 2020 is $866.67, an increase of $20.93 compared to the 2019 rate. The minimum compensation rate remains $75.00 per statute. The 2020 medical/pharmacy mileage reimbursement rate has decreased to $0.575 per mile, a half penny decrease from the 2019… Continue Reading
On July 22, 2019, the FDA announced approval for a generic version of Lyrica, a popular drug for nerve pain. The patent for Lyrica expired on June 19, 2019. Lyrica currently costs roughly $9 a pill, while the generic version costs about 57 cents per pill. This drastically reduces prescription medication exposure in workers’ compensation claims… Continue Reading
Earlier this week the South Carolina Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Appeals decision in Tucker v. S.C. Dept. of Transportation, Opinion No. 27906 (July 24, 2019). Filing a Form 50, Notice of Claim, within the year after the last payment of compensation will preserve the Claimant’s right to assert a change of condition. The… Continue Reading
The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission has updated four of the Commission’s standard forms. Form 50-Employee’s Notice of Claim and/or Hearing RequestThe Employee must now note whether he/she admits to being at MMI. The form is also more clear on whether the Form 50 is being used for filing a claim or for requesting a… Continue Reading
On December 17, 2018, the Full Commission approved the maximum compensation rate for 2019 at $845.74 for injuries arising on and after January 1, 2019. The Commission established the maximum compensation rate based on two thirds of the certified average weekly wage as reported by the South Carolina from July 1, 2017 through June 30,… Continue Reading