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  • More SCWCC News & Notes

    Gary Cannon resumed his duties and responsibilities as Executive Director of the SCWCC on January 18, 2021.  Sandee Sprang, who was appointed Interim Executive Director by the Commission on October 12, 2020, to serve during Gary Cannon’s convalescence, resumed her duties and responsibilities as Director of Information Technology. Breanne Jolly has been selected as the…

    Posted 2/17/2021
  • Some Proposed Amendments to the Fee Schedule

    The Workers Compensation Commission has begun a review of proposed changes to the Medical Services Providers Manual, which they are required to renew annually.  The changes will be in effect April 1, 2021; the proposed changes are in the Updates/News section of the SCWCC website.  Below are some of the highlights. Providers are required to…

    Posted 1/27/2021
  • 2021 SC WC Fundamentals

    As promised, here is our Workers’ Compensation group’s information sheet on South Carolina Workers’ Compensation laws, which includes information about scheduled members, SC forms, and compensation rates.  Please save this to your desktop for easy reference.  Of course, if you have any questions, feel free to email or give us a call.

    Posted 1/7/2021
  • Happy New Year!

    Happy new year everyone!  From all of us at Clement Rivers LLP, we hope that 2021 will bring you much success and that you all stay safe and healthy. We will be sending you an updated Workers’ Compensation information sheet in the next couple of weeks.  In the meantime, we wanted to let you know…

    Posted 1/5/2021
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission News and Notes

    During the month of November, the Judicial Department processed 747 requests for hearings, 111 motions, and 143 clincher conference requests. There were 56 Single Commissioner hearings conducted, 24 pre-hearing conferences held, and 6 Full Commission hearings held. The informal conference system conducted 163 hearings. The Judicial Department was notified of 42 matters resolved in mediation….

    Posted 12/28/2020
  • 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
  • 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