Legal Updates

Jan. 16 2017

South Carolina Litigation Update

CGL Coverage Decision in Construction Defects Case

Harleysville Group Insurance v. Heritage Communities

SC Supreme Court Issues Ruling on Coverage Decision in Construction Defects Case (more…)

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Nov. 10 2016

SC Supreme Court Adopts “Divided Premises Rule”

In Davaut v. USC, the Supreme Court of South Carolina adopted the “divided premises” rule and held that “when an employee crosses from one portion of her employer’s property to another over a reasonably necessary and direct route, the employee remains in the course of her employment for purposes of workers’ compensation” Op. No. 27673 (Shearouse Adv. Sh. No. 41 at 13-14) (Sup. Ct. filed Oct. 26, 2016). The claimant—a language professor at USC-Lancaster—was walking from the school’s library where she had been working to a parking lot provided by USC for faculty and students. To get to the parking lot, she had to cross a public street that bisected the campus. As she was crossing the street, she was struck by a vehicle and she thereafter sought workers’ compensation benefits from USC.

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Sep. 14 2016

South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission Revises Form 14B

The SC Workers’ Compensation Commission has revised Form 14B, the Physician’s Statement, which is used to obtain an expert medical opinion on various issues including, but not limited to, a determination of maximum medical improvement, impairment ratings assigned pursuant to the AMA Guidelines to Permanent Impairment, appropriate work restrictions, and whether a claimant will be in need of future medical treatment. More importantly, Form 14B is often required to be submitted before a case can be resolved.

Please note that Form 14B has been revised to improve clarity, with regards to several of the above-referenced issues. MGC recommends our clients use the revised Form 14B.

Please click here to view the revised Form 14B on the SCWCC website.

For questions, please contact one of MGC’s workers’ compensation attorneys.

This legal update is published as a service to our clients and friends. It is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice regarding any specific situation.

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Aug. 25 2016

2016 SC Workers’ Compensation Medical Services Provider Manual

The new 2016 South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Medical Services Provider Manual goes into effect September 1, 2016. It is imperative that providers and carriers obtain the new MSPM to assure compliance with South Carolina’s billing and compensation regulations. Please visit the Commission’s website, www.wcc.sc.gov, for information on how to purchase the 2016 MSPM.

For questions, please contact one of MGC’s workers’ compensation attorneys.

This legal update is published as a service to our clients and friends. It is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice regarding any specific situation.

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Jul. 20 2016

SC Workers’ Compensation Update: 2016 Medical Fee Schedule Update

The S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commission received a draft of the 2016 Medical Services Provider Manual (MSPM) at the Business Meeting on July 18, 2016. The effective date of the new fee schedule is September 1, 2016. A summary of the proposed changes can be read here. The Commission is accepting comments on the proposed changes through July 29 and will consider adopting the new schedule at the Commission Business Meeting on August 15. For additional information, visit the Commission’s website, www.wcc.sc.gov.

For questions, please contact one of MGC’s workers’ compensation attorneys.

This legal update is published as a service to our clients and friends. It is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice regarding any specific situation.

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