A recent S.C. Supreme Court ruling has lawmarkers calling for reform in workers’ compensation, specifically in the area of mental-mental inuries, or injuries resulting from “an usual or extraordinary condition” of the job in order to be compensable. In Bentley vs. Spartanburg Co. and S.C. Association of Counties SIF, a police officer was denied his workers’ compensation claim after allegedly suffering mental anguish from killing a suspect in the line of duty. While the courts denied the claim in accordance with current law, several dissenting opinions among justices point toward future reform.
Collins & Lacy workers’ compensation attorneys Christian Boesl and Mikell Wyman weighed in on the issue on the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Law Blog, and were also quoted in South Carolina Lawyers’ Weekly concerning the case.
Christian Boesl covers the immediate implications of Bentley v. Spartanburg, and Mikell Wyman addresses the potential for legislative reform of workers’ compensation in South Carolina.
Should you have any questions about current workers’ compensation claims or concerns for the future, please contact an attorney in our Workers’ Compensation Practice Group, which covers claims on behalf of businesses across the state of South Carolina.