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Workers’ Compensation

Along the beach here in South Carolina, we enjoy many of the perks of living by the sea. Our maritime environment employs a wide variety of seamen, longshoremen, operators, and agents who are dedicated to keeping our port open for business. So, when one of them is injured in an accident or gets sick on the job, his/her recovery becomes important to us all.


Warehouse employeeWorkers keep our economy alive. They are our lifeblood. So, when one of our own is injured on the job, we need to make sure he/she is taken care of so they can return to work and provide for their families. Unfortunately, in many instances, a worker who has invested years with an employer is taken advantage of by the employer when injured on the job.


At Riesen DuRant, our goal is to take care of the worker, to put him on equal footing with the employer. It is important to note, that with a few exceptions, if a worker is injured at work, even if it is his fault, he is entitled to medical treatment paid for by the employer. One caveat, the employer usually gets to choose the doctor. Additionally, if the worker is unable to return to work due to his work injury, then the employer is required to pay him 2/3 of his average weekly wage.


Some of the more common types of accidents and injuries we have handled include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Neck, back and spinal cord injuries
  • Electrocutions
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle injuries
  • Slips/trips and falls
  • Burns

How We Can Help

Industrial worker injured in a workplace accidentTo make sure the employer is fairly compensating the worker and providing the necessary medical treatment, it is very important to have an attorney assist with this process.  At Riesen DuRant, we have helped police officers, fire fighters, first responders, teachers, nurses, contractors, port workers, laborers, sales representatives, manufacturing and retail employees, employees of Boeing, Santee Cooper, Walmart and all the hospitals in the area, list goes on and on. Our experienced maritime injury lawyers will work closely with you to help recover compensation and benefits from employers’ insurance companies after a maritime injury. 


The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a federal law that is meant to protect anyone injured or made sick while on the job as a maritime worker. Lost wages, medical expenses and other damages may be recovered under this law. The Jones Act provides benefits for injured seamen. Depending on your type of employment at the time of your accident, our experienced jones act attorneys may be able to help you recover expenses for your injuries under either of these two laws.


Let us know how we can help. Call us at our Mount Pleasant office: 843-800-0809. Or, email us via our online contact form and we will be in touch to set up a time to meet.

Workers’ Compensation: FAQ

What is “workers’ comp” and what can it do for me?

It can be complicated to determine whether you are covered by workers’ compensation. What matters most is whether you are an employee and whether your injury happened as a result of you working for that employer. Neither of these two factors is a guarantee that your claim would be successful, however. If you aren’t sure whether you are covered, give us a call and we can help you sort it out.

How do I know whether I’m eligible to file for workers’ comp?

“Workers’ comp” is shorthand for “workers’ compensation insurance,” which is a benefit that most employers are required by law to provide to their workers. If you or someone you know is injured on the job, compensation for medical expenses and lost wages may be available, depending on the situation.

How can a lawyer help with a workers’ comp claim?

Having a lawyer on your side can take some stress out of the process. There are deadlines and legal conditions that must be met and a knowledgeable attorney can assist with understanding and meeting those necessary requirements.

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