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Workers Compensation Quick Facts & Calculators
  • Waiting Period

    Seven calendar days (not consecutive). If

    disability lasts more than fourteen (14) days,

    pay back to the date of the accident.

    Temporary Total Disability Benefits (TTD)

    0.6667 of AWW, not to exceed 500 weeks.

    See §42-9-10.

  • Temporary Partial Disability Benefits (TPD)

    If Claimant returns to work making less than his

    average weekly wage because of the injury, he is

    entitled to .6667 of the difference between AWW

    and his current income. Not to exceed 340 weeks

    from date of injury or, if follows a period of TTD,

    from the last date of TTD. See §42-9-20.

  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)

    After Claimant has reached maximum medical

    improvement (MMI) the Commission makes

    a determination as to disability based upon a

    percentage of the scheduled member involved.

    Schedules are below. (Example: the

    arm is worth 220 weeks, so an award of 10% to

    the arm would be equal to 22 weeks). The award

    in weeks is multiplied times the CR. See §42-9-30

    and Reg. 67-1101. If Claimant has more than one

    scheduled body part or a non-scheduled body

    part involved, Claimant may seek an award of

    permanent partial wage loss. Maximum is 340

    weeks. See §42-9-20.


  • Permanent Total Disability

    500 weeks paid less TPD and TTD. See §42-9-10and §42-9-30(19). Three ways to get perm total:1) loss of earning capacity; 2) loss of both hands,shoulders, hips, arms, feet, legs, vision in botheyes, or any combination of two; or 3) 50% tothe back. If disability is the result of paraplegia,quadriplegia or physical brain damage, indemnityis for life without regard to 500 week limitation.Death Benefits 500 weeks less any TTD paid if death results fromthe injury and occurs within two years after theaccident or within six years after the accident ifClaimant is on TTD. §42-9-290. If death is not theresult of the injury, see §42-9-280. 

  • Average Weekly Wage (AWW)

    Must be fair to employee and employer.

    Generally calculated by totaling the preceding

    four quarters as reported to the S.C. Department

    of Employment and Workforce and dividing by

    52 or the actual number of weeks worked. If

    the length of employment is short, comparable

    employees may be used. Also, generally include

    income from other employments. See §42-1-40

    for further details.


  • Compensation Rate (CR)

    0.6667 x AWW up to a maximum as follows in

    chart below


    Year  Compensation Rate


    2001  $532.77

    2002   $549.42

    2003  $563.55

    2004   $577.73

    2005  $592.56

    2006  $616.48

    2007  $645.94

    2008  $661.29

    2009  $681.36

    2010 $689.71

    2011 $704.92

    2012  $725.47

    2013  $743.72

    2014  $752.16

    2015  $766.05


    Minimum Compensation Rate

    $75.00 unless Claimant’s AWW is less than

    $75.00, at which time the compensation rate

    is the same as the AWW.

  • Scheduled Losses


         Thumb 65 weeks

         First (Index) 40 weeks

         Second 35 weeks

         Third 25 weeks

         Fourth (Little) 20 weeks


         Great 35 weeks

         All other toes 10 weeks


         40 weeks


         Loss of hearing in one ear 80 weeks Loss of hearing

         in both ears 165 weeks


         185 weeks


         220 weeks


         140 weeks


         195 weeks


         300 weeks

         unless more than 50% of use, then it shall be 500



         300 weeks


         200 weeks


    Disfigurement of face, head, neck or other area normally exposed at work up to 50 weeks

  • Mileage Rates for Trips to & from Medical Treatment

    Year                                            Mileage Rate

    Effective January 1, 2015       57.5 cents per mile

    Effective January 1, 2014       56 cents per mile

    Effective January 1, 2013       56.5 cents per mile

    Effective July 1, 2012              55.5 cents per mile

    Effective January 1, 2012       50.5 cents per mile

    Effective January 1, 2011       50.5 cents per mile

    Effective January 1, 2010      50 cents per mile