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June 2013 Blog

  • SIF Closing

    In accordance with the 2007 legislation, the South Carolina Second Injury Fund effectively closed it’s doors on Monday, July 1, and the Uninsured Employers’ Fund has now been relocated to the State Accident Fund.  All future inquiries regarding ongoing Second Injury Fund claims will be transferred to the Budget and Control Board, and correspondence to the Uninsured Employers’ Fund…

    Posted 6/28/2013
  • The Price is Right, But the Contestant is a Fraud, and the Game is Up!

    A former postal worker recently pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in connection with her workers’ compensation claim, providing a vivid reminder that dishonest claimants can be prosecuted in criminal court.  Cathy Cashwell alleged she could no longer work in the post office, claiming her work injury left her unable to stand, sit, kneel, squat, climb,…

    Posted 6/19/2013
  • Commissioner Roche Reappointed

    Commissioner Andrea C. Roche, who started as a SC Workers’ Compensation Commissioner in 2006 and also served for a time as the Commission Chairman, has just been reappointed by the South Carolina Senate for a second term.  The Commissioners’ terms are six years, so technically Commissioner Roche’s second term began in 2012 and will expire…

    Posted 6/7/2013
  • Mediation Regulation Now In Effect

    The new mediation regulation, which requires mediation in certain cases and gives the Commissioners authority to order mediation in any case, is now officially in effect. The Workers’ Compensation Commission has also amended Forms 21, 30, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, and 58 to include a place to inform the Commission of whether the claim…

    Posted 6/3/2013