Columbia, SC asked in Workers' Compensation for South Carolina

Q: I was working 2 jobs at the time I got hurt. I only got hurt on one job but was still working at another but restricted

My doctor said it was ok for me to continue my other job but was put on light duty. I had surgery a year later then that's when I started to receive workers comp checks because I couldn't work my job that I didn't get hurt at. Am I supposed to get compensated for both jobs while out or no? Also I lost the job I got hurt on but shall return to the one I was at for 3 years. But if I'm out on leave for more than 12 weeks I could lose that job as well. Is there anything I can do to make sure my job is secure after 12 weeks or no? Now my major question is was I supposed to get workers comp checks as soon as after I got hurt? Even though I was still working a job I was already at before I got hurt or was it the right thing to only get paid by me not working at all?

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Ilene Stacey King
Ilene Stacey King
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: If you were working another job at the same time you were hurt on one job and miss time from both jobs due to your injury, you are entitled to be compensated based on your pay at both jobs. Your right to compensation starts when the authorized doctor writes you out of work or puts you at light duty and no light duty is offered. There is a 7 day waiting period where nothing is owed but after 14 days the right to compensation goes back to the first day written out. Most insurance companies wait that 14 days until they know if you will exceed the waiting period. The exact answers to your questions depend on more specific information. If you have a lawyer, you should discuss these questions in detail with your lawyer. If you do not yet have a lawyer, I'd suggest a free consultation to discuss if you would benefit from having representation. Since you had surgery and are looking at situations with 2 jobs and compensation issues, most likely having representation would be to your advantage.

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