4 Ways Technology is Helping Workers’ Compensation Claims

Workers’ compensation claims are inconvenient, to say the least. After all, you didn’t plan on being hurt on the job. Nor did you plan to have to file a claim and hire a workers’ compensation attorney. However, there is a little bit of good news. Technology is helping people who’ve suffered a workplace injury in several important ways. Here are just a few of the advances you should ask about if you’ve filed a workers’ comp claim.

  1. Communications. In this day and age, your workers’ comp insurance company should be using technology to communicate with you. Email, online claims, and other tools mean you can get the information you need faster.
  2. Receiving care. Telemedicine is a big trend in 2017. It uses the internet or smartphone apps to connect patients with doctors for the treatment of minor ailments. You may be able to take advantage of these services (if they’re provided by your insurance company), which are often more convenient than having to get in the car and drive to the doctor’s office.
  3. Tracking progress. Wearable technology like fitness trackers can provide valuable information about your health to both you and your physician. For example, you can monitor your progress as you increase your stamina following an injury.
  4. Education and training. Employers should provide workplace safety training for their employees, as well as information about workers’ compensation insurance and the claims process. Today, this information can be delivered online or even through an app on your smartphone. Regardless of how the information is provided, the end result is the same: Employees are more aware of workplace safety hazards and will be able to avoid injuries on the job. That’s a win-win for everyone.

Jordan Law Firm seeks to make things easy for you, too. That’s why we have two offices that are convenient to many locations in South Carolina. Our Rock Hill, SC office is just a short drive from anywhere in the Upstate, while our Columbia, SC office serves the Midlands, Pee Dee, and Lowcountry. Our workers’ compensation attorney has helped many clients in Winnsboro, Great Falls, Lexington, and other cities get the help they deserve. Call us today to discuss your case.

Why Should You Hire an Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

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According to the American Bar Association, there were over 1.3 million licensed lawyers in the United States in 2015. Closer to home, the South Carolina Bar Association has over 15,000 members. That’s a lot of attorneys for you to choose from. The process of selecting an attorney gets even more complicated when you factor in your particular case. For example, many law firms say they represent clients for workers’ compensation claims. What makes one better than the other? Here’s why you should hire an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Columbia or Rock Hill like D. Bradley Jordan of the Jordan Law Firm.

For starters, you’ll want to ask how many years of experience an attorney has in the area of workers’ compensation. As in many other professions, the more times a lawyer has worked on these types of cases, the better they’ll be able to help you navigate the process. They’ll also be able to anticipate any potential issues before your claim is filed. You’ll be better prepared for all scenarios and can avoid any stumbling blocks right from the start.

You’ll also want to ask about the attorney’s success rate. A workers’ compensation lawyer who’s just out of school or new to this area of practice may not be the right person for you to hire.

Of course, there are many other factors you should consider when you hire a workers’ compensation attorney. But in general, experience and a good track record will go a long way towards helping you achieve success in your case.

For an experienced workers’ compensation attorney near you in Columbia or Rock Hill, SC, call the Jordan Law Firm to schedule a consultation.

3 Things to Look for in a Workers’ Compensation Attorney

Filing a workers’ compensation claim is a task you probably never thought you’d have to do. After all, getting hurt on the job isn’t something you can plan for. As we’ve told you, it’s always better to navigate the system with the help of a qualified workers’ compensation lawyer. But how do you choose the one that’s right for you and your case? We’d like to offer the following advice to help you hire a workers’ compensation attorney in the Rock Hill or Columbia, SC areas.

  1. Find an attorney who handles a lot of workers’ compensation cases. A lawyer who devotes a large part of his or her practice to workers’ comp will be a lot more familiar with the procedures involved in filing a claim.
  2. Find a lawyer who has a good track record. First and foremost, you want to have a successful claim. After all, you’ve been hurt on the job and need to receive appropriate compensation for your injuries. You’ll want to work with an attorney who has a history of getting his or her clients’ claims approved. You’ll also want to ask about their success rate on appeals.
  3. Find an attorney with a good reputation. An attorney’s reputation is also critical. You want to work with someone who’s honest and ethical. In order to do this, you’ll need to hear what former clients have to say. Talk to people you know who’ve had workers’ comp claims to see who they hired or look for online reviews and testimonials.

If you’re looking for a workers’ compensation attorney in Rock Hill, Columbia, or surrounding areas in South Carolina, call Jordan Law Firm. Attorney D. Bradley Jordan has fought for the rights of injured workers throughout his legal career. Call today to schedule a consultation about your claim.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits Hit an All-Time Low

It’s no secret that workers’ compensation costs continue to rise. So you may be surprised to learn that workers’ compensation benefits on payrolls have reached an all-time low. That’s according to the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Our workers’ compensation attorneys in Rock Hill and Columbia, SC are always concerned about statistics like these and what they mean for our clients. Here’s what we know.

For starters, costs to employers are increasing at a rate of five times faster than the benefits they’re paying. This is due in large part to lower unemployment numbers. More people are working, and that means more money is being spent to cover them for workers’ compensation.

But these statistics also reflect changes to the workers’ comp laws in a number of states. These changes mean that employees have a harder time getting benefits for injuries they’ve suffered on the job.

Are you facing a battle with your employer over workers’ compensation benefits? If so, it’s time to call an experienced workers’ compensation law firm like Jordan Law Firm. Our lawyers in Rock Hill, SC and Columbia, SC get results. Let us help you get the benefits you deserve. Call us today to schedule your consultation.

Should You Hire a Workers’ Compensation Attorney?

Accidents happen. It’s a part of life. But when accidents happen and cause injuries or affect your health, it’s more serious. It’s especially troubling if you’ve been hurt on the job. When you’ve been hurt at work, your primary concern is for your health and well-being. However, you must also think about the legal responsibilities surrounding your injury. Workers’ compensation insurance exists to protect employees and hold employers accountable for providing safe working conditions. But do you always have to hire a workers’ compensation attorney?

Filing a workers’ compensation claim can be complicated. However, there are some instances when you may not need to hire a workers’ compensation lawyer. For example, if your employer accepts responsibility for a relatively minor injury and agrees to pay all of your medical bills, you may be able to handle things on your own. This is especially true if you didn’t miss much (or any) work. This applies to injuries such as minor sprains and cuts that may have required a trip to the doctor, but didn’t take more than a few stitches or a brace.

As you may expect, serious injuries are more complicated to deal with. Your medical treatment may be more extensive and more expensive. You may miss more than just a few hours of work. If so, lost wages will factor into your workers’ compensation claim. Your employer’s settlement offer may not cover all of the expenses you’ve incurred. You may even be unsure if you can return to work. In situations like these, it’s best to trust a qualified workers’ compensation attorney.

Whenever you have a workers’ compensation claim, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Increase your chances for success by hiring a workers’ compensation attorney. At Jordan Law Firm, our attorneys have successfully helped many clients get the benefits they deserve. Call our Rock Hill and Columbia, SC offices today to schedule your consultation.

Are Workers’ Compensation Benefits Changing in SC?

For most, if not all, of your work career, you’ve known that workers’ compensation benefits are required by law in South Carolina for any business employing over four people. It’s something every human resources department goes over in orientation meetings for new employees as well as in memos and refresher training. But did you realize that workers’ compensation benefits can change? They can, and this is being debated in our state right now.

Legislation was introduced in Columbia in 2015 that would allow businesses to opt-out of traditional workers’ compensation plans. Instead, these businesses would be able to create their own benefit plans for injured workers. Other states, such as Oklahoma and Tennessee, are also considering such measures. They believe that employer-sponsored plans will save money and reduce claims.

Saving money sounds great—especially when tax dollars are involved. However, workers’ compensation advocates worry that such plans won’t provide consistent coverage and benefits from one business to another. The proposed South Carolina plan (which has not yet been passed by the legislature) does include provisions that are similar to existing workers’ compensation procedures. However, it does give employers decision-making authority as to how benefits are paid. Some settlements may even be involuntary. The proposed plan also makes no mention of an appeals process.

It’s too early to say whether or not this legislation will pass. But no matter what happens at the State House, the workers’ compensation attorneys at Jordan Law Firm will be here to help you. We’ll be fighting for your interests from the time you file your claim to the day your case is resolved. And through it all, you’ll be able to trust that we have a detailed understanding of the law. We’ll stay on top of this and any other developments in the field of workers’ compensation so that we can give you the representation you deserve. Call our offices in Rock Hill and Columbia, SC if you need to file a workers’ comp claim. Our team is ready to fight for your rights.

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim

You probably haven’t given much consideration to your workers’ compensation coverage. Like other forms of insurance, you trust that it will be there when you need it but it isn’t something that you’re thinking about on a regular basis. And just like your health insurance or car insurance, you’ll appreciate it if you ever need it.

In the event that you’re hurt on the job, it’s critically important that you file your workers’ compensation claim promptly. However, there are many details that the average person may not understand. The process can become quite complicated. If you’re in the Columbia, SC area, make sure you first notify your employer and receive any necessary medical attention. Then call the experienced workers’ compensation attorneys at Jordan Law Firm.

In South Carolina, you are required to report any on-the-job injuries within 90 days in order to receive benefits. You then have up to two years to file the actual claim. Missing these deadlines can prevent you from getting the compensation that you’re entitled to.

As with other forms of insurance, proper documentation is key to filing a successful claim. These details may seem tedious, but are all required for getting you the compensation you deserve. We’ll help you organize the required information and will make sure all paperwork is properly completed and submitted on time.

Our attorneys will stay beside you through every step of the process after your claim is filed. We’ll represent you at your hearing with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. If an appeal is necessary, we’ll help you make sure your side of the story is heard by the panel of commissioners or the State Appellate Courts, if necessary.

Our primary loyalty is to you, our client. Your best interests are always our top priority. We provide a level of personalized attention you simply won’t find at other law firms. Call today for an appointment in either our Columbia or Rock Hill, SC offices.