What should you do if you’ve been injured on the job?

First and foremost, if you have been hurt at work, you need to notify your employer or supervisor as soon as possible. The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act, pursuant to S. C. Code Ann. § 14-15-20, states that “[e]very injured employee or his representative shall immediately on the occurrence of an accident, or as soon thereafter as practicable, give or cause to be given to the employer a notice of the accident.” The statute goes on to state that an employee will not be entitled to benefits under the act unless the employer had knowledge of the accident within ninety (90) days thereafter, unless reasonable excuse can be found. In summary, South Carolina Courts have generally denied compensation to employees who failed to give notice to their employer within ninety (90) days of the accident.