What is Third-Party Liability?
An injured worker’s only remedy against his employer is to make a claim under the South Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Act. He cannot file a lawsuit against the employer for any injuries he suffered on the job. The advantage of the South Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Act to the employee is that he does not have to show that the employer was negligent in any form or fashion. All you have to show is that you were injured at work while doing the job you typically do for your employer.
There may however be a way for the injured worker to recover for damages such as pain and suffering that are not covered by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. How and why did the accident occur and who was really at fault? Was a third party involved in causing the injury? Who did that third party work for? These are questions that must be asked on the front end of every Workers’ Compensation case so that your rights and recovery can truly be protected.
If you, a family member or friend has been injured at work and would like to talk about the available options, Hank Burriss and Wayne Ridgeway look forward to discussing the case. With offices in Columbia, Orangeburg and Lexington, Burriss and Ridgeway services clients across the State of South Carolina. Contact us at burrisslaw.com or call (803) 451‑4000 to learn more or schedule a free consultation.