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September 2015 Blog

  • WC Trends: Increased Scrutiny of Final Settlements at the SC Commission

    According to the SC Workers’ Compensation Act, a full and final settlement (“clincher”) with a claimant who is not represented by an attorney must be approved at an informal conference.  This “clincher conference” is attended by the claimant, an attorney for the employer/carrier, and one of seven SC Workers’ Compensation Commissioners.  The Commissioner reviews the…

    Posted 9/28/2015
  • That Dog Don’t Hunt? Really?

    Our faith in the WC Workers Compensation Commission and its ability to properly apply statutory and applicable case law was once again confirmed with a recent decision I received on a denied repetitive trauma case.  The Claimant, a 54 year old woman, had been with the employer for over 30 years.  She had spent the…

    Posted 9/4/2015
  • Talk is cheap, fines are not. So please call us… Please.

    Some of you may have noticed that the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission seems to have changed some of its procedures recently.  For example, when filing Form 18s, the Workers’ Compensation Commission currently allows a 10 day grace period on either side of the due date. If you have a Form 18 due on July…

    Posted 9/3/2015