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  • Recent Developments on Preexisting Conditions in South Carolina Workers’ Comp

    A recent South Carolina Court of Appeals decision may give employers and insurance carriers more reason to be thankful as we head into the holiday this week.  Frampton v. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources confirms that, even after an employer has already admitted a claim and provided medical treatment, the employer may later deny…

    Posted 11/24/2020
  • Legal Requirements for Medical Care

    S.C. Code Ann. Section 42-15-60 defines the time period that medical treatment and supplies must be furnished and states that the employer shall provide medical treatment for a period not exceeding ten (10) weeks from the date of injury and for additional time as, in the judgment of the Commission, will tend to lessen the…

    Posted 11/12/2020
  • Lemonade in 2021?

    Steven Rodenberg wrote a blog in January of 2020 entitled “Happy New Year?” No, Steven does not have the gift of prophecy even though he certainly appeared prophetic when he added that question mark.   Rather, Steven was reporting on a Court of Appeals case of David B. Lemon v. Mt. Pleasant Waterworks and State Accident…

    Posted 11/5/2020
  • SCWCC News and Medical Services FAQs

    Sandee Sprang was appointed Interim Executive Director by the Commission on October 12, 2020. Ms. Sprang will serve in this capacity during Executive Director Gary Cannon’s convalescence. Please carbon copy Ms. Sprang on all communications to Mr. Cannon during this interim period to ensure requests are properly handled. Ms. Sprang’s contact information is ssprang@wcc.sc.gov; 803-737-5744….

    Posted 10/14/2020
  • More Covid News

    Many of us are ready to talk about anything other than politics and Covid-19 at this point.  Unfortunately, if you are on social media, or if you watch television, you can’t avoid either.  Dealing with Covid-19 is of course still very much a part of our personal and professional lives; the workers’ compensation arena is…

    Posted 9/29/2020
  • Workers’ Comp Fundamentals: Permanent Disability Benefits in South Carolina

    We typically use our blog to provide timely updates on workers’ compensation issues in South Carolina, but from time to time it is helpful to get back to the basics.  Today’s post is a refresher on permanent disability benefits in South Carolina. If a doctor assigns an employee a permanent physical impairment rating when the…

    Posted 9/14/2020
  • Statutory Employment

    Everyone is familiar with the terms “upstream contractor” and “statutory employer” as they are defined in the South Carolina Workers Compensation Act, specifically Sections 42-1-400 through 42-1-450.  The underlying reason for statutory employment is to provide the benefits of compensation to those workers who are exposed to the risk of the “owner’s” business and put…

    Posted 9/8/2020
  • SCWCC Information and Statistics

    Since new and exciting developments in SC Workers’ Compensation law are presently few and far between, below is a mid-year update on some things going on at the SCWCC. Effective June 15th, the Department of Administration initiated Phase 2 of the re-entry to work program. The primary focus of the phase was for state agencies…

    Posted 8/6/2020
  • Recurring Medical Treatment Issues

    Nearly every workers’ compensation claimant requires some amount of medical treatment.  Obviously, some claims are very minor and the medical treatment is limited.  Those claims are normally referred to as medical only claims and do not involve issues of temporary total or permanent partial disability.  In cases where the medical treatment becomes more extensive, that…

    Posted 7/21/2020
  • Workers’ Comp Fundamentals: Stopping TTD Payments in South Carolina

    We typically use our blog to provide timely updates on workers’ compensation issues in South Carolina, but from time to time it is helpful to get back to the basics.  Today’s post is a refresher on the SC Workers’ Compensation Act’s rules for stopping temporary total disability (TTD) payments. A claimant’s entitlement to TTD benefits…

    Posted 7/8/2020