|Post by Anne Marie Hempy|
This week, the South Carolina Court of Appeals ruled on Cranford v. Hutchinson Construction, which discussed the issues of MMI and permanency for disfigurement.
Here is the history on the case. On June 26, 2007, Claimant sustained injuries to both hands, both arms and back after jumping out of a tilting forklift basket while working for Defendant Hutchison. Claimant remained out of work for three weeks and then returned to work at light duty. Several weeks later, Hutchison terminated him for “being unsafe on the job site.” Because Claimant worked at least 15 days prior to his termination, the employer filed a Form 15 stopping benefits within 150 days. See S.C. Code Ann. § 42-9-260(B)(1), which states “if the employee does not remain at work for a minimum of 15 days, temporary disability benefits must be resumed immediately.”