If I have been injured at work, what is the first thing I should do?
In order to make sure you don’t lose your right to workers’ compensation benefits, you should report the accident or injury to your employer as soon as possible. SC 42-15-20 states that you must report your accident to your employer within 90 days to preserve your benefits. One key exception to the 90 day rule is occupational diseases, which under 42-15-40 must be reported within 2 years after a doctor has clearly diagnosed you with an occupational disease. You should speak with a workers’ compensation lawyer to see whether you fit into these exemptions.