WORKERS' COMPENSATION

At the Riesen Law Firm, LLP in North Charleston workers’ compensation lawyers for over forty years have been helping those injured on the job, whether in workplace accidents or by occupational disease, recover the compensation they deserve. Our firm’s managing partner, attorney Frederick W. Riesen, Jr. was one of 8 founding members of the South Carolina Claimant’s Association, now known as “Injured Workers’ Association.” This association was created by Fred W. Riesen, Jr. and seven other attorneys over 30 years ago to protect the rights of injured workers. The Association has been instrumental in lobbying this state’s legislature to continue to protect inured workers and the workers’ comp system. We represent injured workers in all industries.

Legitimate workers’ compensation claims are often denied by insurance companies and employers.

Despite the rights granted to injured employees by the workman’s comp system, employers and insurers often challenge employee’s legitimate claims for compensation for medical expenses and lost wages. If you have suffered a workplace injury, or a previous condition has become worse because of your job, Fred W. Riesen, Jr. will help you recover the damages you need to take care of yourself and your family. Contact Fred W. Riesen, Jr. to arrange for a free consultation and case evaluation.

It is important to get legal advice as soon as possible after a serious workplace injury. Report your injury to your supervisor immediately. Request proper medical care from your employer since they unfortunately can select your doctor.

A lawyer with experience in handling South Carolina workers’ compensation claims and appeals will be able to give you advice on seeking medical treatment, documenting your job responsibilities, and other measures that will help you with your initial claim and the appeal process if necessary. Mistakes made early in your case can permanently damage your ability to recover compensation.

Do not be discouraged by paperwork required by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Fred W. Riesen, Jr. and staff at Riesen Law Firm, LLP will help you with the paperwork and documentation required to recover the benefits you deserve. Don’t be discouraged by the SCWCC requirements or by a denial of your claim. We will help you at all stages of your case.

An injured worker in South Carolina is entitled to medical treatment that is likely to lesson the disability. This is available regardless of who is at fault and even if no one is at fault. The workers’ compensation carrier is responsible for:

  1. weekly disability compensation for the time your authorized physician takes you out of work
  2. all related medical expenses including physical therapy, mileage and prescriptions
  3. a lump sum payment for any permanent disability or wage loss you may be due after your medical treatment is completed

Fred W. Riesen, Jr. is prepared to help clients with a wide variety of claims, including those involving:

  • Initial claim denials and appeals
  • Railroad worker accidents, FELA
  • Repetitive stress injury
  • Back strain
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Environmental health hazards
  • Asbestos exposure
  • Faulty equipment
  • Falling debris
  • Poor safety standards
  • Construction accidents
  • Scaffolding injuries
  • Electrocution

Third Party Claims: Personal Injury Law

Our attorneys and staff offer the emotional support, the legal skill, and the professional commitment necessary to help you and your family as you recover from a workplace injury. While most workers injured in a dangerous workplace will be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, these benefits do not cover pain and suffering or the consequences faced by the loved ones of a worker who is killed in an accident. When our lawyers help you with your workers’ compensation claim, they will also investigate other sources of compensation for your loss. Work-related motor vehicle accidents, injuries caused by defective tools and equipment, or injuries covered under admiralty law, the Jones Act, or the LHWCA may involve several claims. Our attorneys are prepared to assist clients who have suffered catastrophic injuries or lost a loved one to wrongful death pursue all claims.

Bottom line: The vast majority of injured workers’ simply want to get proper medical care and back to work at their workplace. Most workers enjoy their job and their relationships at work. We fight for injured workers’ rights and everything they should be entitled to whether they are able to return to the job or not. It is a privilege and a blessing to represent injured workers. The law office of Riesen Law Firm has over 100 years of combined experiences representing workers’ hurt on the job in South Carolina.