Social Security Disability
At Chellis & Frampton, PA in Summerville, South Carolina, we have a wealth of experience representing injured individuals and their families in the areas of Social Security Disability, workers' compensation, and on-the-job injuries.
Accidents can cause serious injuries that may impede a person's ability to work, and are sometimes so debilitating that the victim is unable to ever work again. Other injuries, while not completely debilitating, may seriously decrease the injured person's earning capacity during the remainder of his or her life. Even if the disability is only temporary, the financial effects of being unable to work for even a limited period of time can be devastating to the injured individual and his or her family.
Social Security Disability
People who suffer permanent injuries preventing them from being able to work may be able to recover Social Security Disability Insurance benefits from the federal Social Security Administration. Approved applicants also receive Medicare benefits, and in some instances, their spouses and children may be eligible to obtain benefits as well. The complicated application and review process requires medical documentation evidencing a permanent and severe disability. In the event a legitimate claim is rejected, an applicant can appeal the decision to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review. The appeals process generally involves a hearing before an administrative law judge, who will review the matter and issue an opinion.
People who are injured on the job are entitled to workers' compensation benefits under the State of South Carolina's workers' compensation laws, which require employers to pay for the cost of medical care as well as weekly benefits to help make up for lost wages due to the injury.
Workers' compensation benefits include payment for all medical expenses needed to treat the injury, including emergency room care, hospitalization, surgery, prosthetics, and medication. In addition, if the injured worker must miss more than seven days of work due to the injury, he or she will be entitled to weekly benefits at a rate of two-thirds the amount of his or her average weekly rate during the four quarters preceding the injury, subject to a maximum total amount set by law. If the injured worker suffers permanent injuries or disabilities, he or she may also be entitled to additional benefits to compensate him or her for the permanency of the injury, and possibly Social Security Disability benefits as well.
Seek Experienced Representation
If you or a loved one has suffered a permanent disability due to an accident or on-the-job injury, you may be entitled to Social Security Disability or workers' compensation benefits. It is important to seek the assistance of an experienced lawyer to make sure that your application for benefits is properly processed and that your medical documentation is sufficient to prove your injuries. At Chellis & Frampton, PA, we have helped many injured persons and their families recover the full benefits to which they are entitled. Contact us today at (843) 871-7765.