Q: I went to the er for a scratched cornea and before I left work me and my boss called to report my injury and I filled

An incident report but I wasn’t told to go to a specific emergency room and I also talked to my boss upon entering the er and afterwards I was out of work for about a week but upon returning I found out the er I went to wasn’t part of their workers comp and they used my accumulated sick time to pay me and I was wondering if that’s legal or if I can fight that.....had they told me to go to a specific location I would have

1 Lawyer Answer
Carole Jean Hayes
Carole Jean Hayes
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Greenville, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: Generally, when you injure yourself while working, you are entitled to 66% of your average weekly wages if you miss more than 7 days. The insurance company is also responsible for directing and payment of your causally-related medical treatment. If you had to go to the ER immediately after given the nature of your injury, the Commission has discretion regarding ordering the insurance company to pay that bill. You also may be entitled to further treatment and a lump sum based upon any permanent injury to the eye with which you have been left. A phone call to one of us can get you some free advise so that you can make an informed decision regarding whether you need an attorney.

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