What can I do if they won’t they pay me after I was injured at work?

I was injuried on the job. The doctor put me out of work for 4 weeks, then

requested that I get physical theory before I could return. I filed a workers’ comp

case but was denied. I have no income, 4 small kids and the doctors are

instructing me to go to other specialist. I have no way of affording any care.

Asked on September 7, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, South Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

All you can do is appeal the worker's compensation denial and/or sue the employer, if you believe the employer was "at fault" (e.g. unreasonably careless, or negligent) in causing your accident and injury (liability for another person's injuries is based on fault; if there is no fault, there is no liability, even if the injury occured at work), neither of which is certain, and both of whick will take time. There is no way to get compenation for your injury other than through worker's comp or a lawsuit (generally, it's one or the other; if you get worker's comp, you can't sue, but the worker's comp provides the compensation in that case).
You may need, if you have no income and few assets, to look into applying for Medicaid to be able to pay for medical care.


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