The 2014 Oregon Workers’ Compensation Premium Ranking Study, which has been released in the fall of every even-numbered year since 1986, has revealed that Illinois ranks top ten in the nation when it comes to the highest workers’ compensation premium rates. The national median index rate came in at 1.85 per $100 of payroll, compared to South Carolina’s rate of 2.00, according to the study. South Carolina tied for 17th place, along with Washington and Pennsylvania. Notwithstanding, the news is not all bad – South Carolina has slowly been dropping in the ranks: in 2010 it had the 12th premium rate, while 2012 it ranked 16th.
In its 2014 fiscal year report released in the summer of 2015, the South Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation Commission (SCWCC) revealed the following, among other information:
State law mandates that South Carolina employer who regularly employs four or more workers – full-time or part-time – is required to have workers compensation insurance. The exception is agricultural employees, railroads, railway express companies and their employees as well as employers who had a total annual payroll during the prior year of less than $3,000 regardless of how many workers were employed during this time period.
Certain requirements must be met in order to qualify for workers’ compensation under South Carolina state law. If you or someone you know is the victim of a work-related injury, below are four things you should do immediately:
You should hire a South Carolina workers’ compensation lawyer who is well respected and knowledgeable in the law. If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence of another and lives or works in South Carolina, contact an experienced Anderson workers’ compensation attorney today who can discuss your case. The legal professionals at The Law Offices of Steven M Krause PA can inform you of your legal rights under the law, including whether or not you are eligible for workers’ compensation. Click here to contact someone today.
Steven Krause is a personal injury, auto accident, and workers’ compensation lawyer who practices in Anderson, SC. He graduated form the Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been practicing law for 40 years now. Steven Krause believes in fighting for the injured. Learn more about his experience here.