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  • Workers’ Comp Fundamentals: The Going and Coming Rule

    Although we typically use our blog to report news and developments in SC Workers’ Compensation Law, from time to time it helps to get back to basics.  We hope our “Workers’ Comp Fundamentals” series will be useful as a learning tool for those who are relatively new to the world of workers’ compensation, while providing…

    Posted 2/18/2019
  • I Need to go Back to the Doctor

    So your claimant is finally placed at maximum medical improvement, he has returned to work, you terminated his temporary total disability compensation, and the only issue before the Commission is permanent partial disability for the injured body part. You file a Form 21 to put your case on a glide path to closure, and then…

    Posted 2/5/2019
  • Net Present Value Tables

    Pursuant to Reg. 67-1605(E)5, the Net Present Value for 101-500 weeks are calculated at the yield-to-maturity rate of the 5 year US Treasury Note reported by the Federal Reserve on the first business day following January 1st. The Regulation further states the discount rate shall not exceed 6% or be less than 2%. The 5…

    Posted 1/22/2019
  • 2019 SC WC Fundamentals

    Happy new year everyone!  From all of us at YCRLAW, we wish you a successful and joyous 2019. As we do every year, our Workers’ Compensation group has created an 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…

    Posted 1/10/2019
  • 2019 Increases

    Happy New Year!  We hope you all had wonderful holidays and are recharged for a successful 2019. Increases in maximum compensation rates are about as certain as death and taxes.  The maximum compensation rate for 2019 is $845.74, which is a $7.53 increase over the 2018 maximum rate.  This is the smallest increase in 10…

    Posted 1/2/2019
  • Defending Questionable P&T Claims: How to Avoid a Lump of Coal in your Workers’ Comp Stocking

    Happy Holidays from the Workers’ Compensation Practice Group at YCRLAW!  In preparing this year end article, I reviewed some notable 2018 decisions from our South Carolina appeals courts. This one jumped out at me as particularly instructive – and potentially problematic – for employers and insurance carriers. I hope this summary will provide a helpful…

    Posted 12/19/2018
  • The 52 Weeks of Christmas

    Few things in workers’ compensation law generate as much dispute as how to compute ending a claimant’s average weekly wage when the claimant is working a concurrent and part-time job.  Consider, for example, a claimant who was hired for a part time; second job almost a year to the day prior to the injury she…

    Posted 12/4/2018
  • SCWCC Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Information and Statistics

    The SCWCC’s most recent fiscal year ended June 30, 2018. The Commission continues to focus on its mission to provide an equitable and timely system of benefits to injured workers and employers in the most responsive, accurate, and reliable manner possible. The Claims Department is responsible for reviewing and processing periodic reports filed by carriers…

    Posted 11/6/2018
  • TTD Credit Isn’t Dead

    Few issues get argued at hearings quite as much as credit for an overpayment of temporary total disability (TTD) benefits.  The case law and the statute give each side some ammunition, with no clear answer ever accepted as the new rule.  The recent Full Commission case of Campbell v. Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated give employers/carriers…

    Posted 10/25/2018
  • YCRLAW in the Community: Kids’ Chance of South Carolina

    YCRLAW Attorney Matt Riddle currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of Kids’ Chance of South Carolina.  Kids’ Chance is a non-profit organization that provides college scholarships to children of South Carolinians who have been seriously injured or killed on the job.  There are some exciting opportunities coming up for you or your…

    Posted 10/10/2018