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Workers' Compensation: South Carolina

Workers' Compensation requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: Nicole Farley, Fisher Phillips.


  • All South Carolina employers are required to post a specific notice in the workplace and employers that are covered by the workers' compensation statute are required to post an additional notice as well. See Notice Requirements.
  • Certain employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance coverage. See Covered Employers.
  • Most employees are covered by workers' compensation, with some notable exceptions. See Covered Employees.
  • A compensable injury or occupational illness is one arising out of and in the course of employment. See Compensable Injuries.
  • Employer s may not be liable for specific injuries incurred under certain circumstances. See Employer Defenses to Workers' Compensation Claims.
  • Injured employees are entitled to all necessary medical treatment that is likely to lessen their disability. See Medical Benefits.
  • Workers' compensation pays for partial wage replacement and other benefits, calculated using average weekly wages at the time of injury. See Other Benefits.
  • South Carolina law provides for a method to resolve disputed claims. See Claims Procedure.