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January 2016 Blog

  • An Employee Does Not a Business Make

    SC Section 42-1-360 describes the exemption of casual employees from coverage under the Workers Compensation Act, and certain other employers from the requirement of providing workers compensation insurance coverage for their injured workers.  Some of the listed exemptions are so commonly known that they never arise in a state claim setting,( or if they do,…

    Posted 1/22/2016
  • Get your 2016 Rates

    The Workers’ Compensation Commission has announced that the maximum compensation rate for 2016 is $784.03.  The new mileage reimbursement rate is .54 cents per mile, and the discount rate for lump sum payments of 1-500 weeks will remain at 2%.  The Net Present Value Tables can be found here.

    Posted 1/7/2016
  • A Request is not “special” if it is “typical”

    One of the first things we learned as newly mentored workers’ compensation attorneys is that an injury or accident that occurs while traveling to or from work is outside the course and scope of employment and, therefore, not compensable.  The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Statute and case law have long held that workers are not…

    Posted 1/6/2016