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Workers' Compensation in South Dakota
A workplace injury or the diagnosis of an occupational illness can be devastating. You may be facing medical bills, lost wages and even a long-term disability. Fortunately, South Dakota workers' compensation insurance is a no-fault insurance that covers most workers in the state. A local workers' comp attorney can guide you through the process of filing a claim, appealing a denied claim or getting the money you deserve.
The Basics of South Dakota Workers' Comp Benefits
By law, all South Dakota employers are required to provide workers' compensation insurance to full-time and part-time employees beginning on the employee's first day of work and at no cost to the employee.
According to the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation, the only employees who are not covered by workers' comp insurance are:
- Farm workers
- Domestic employees (with some exceptions)
- Independent contractors
- Some elected officials
- Workfare participants
Workers' compensation insurance covers workers who are injured on the job, killed on the job or develop an occupational disease. Benefits include:
- Medical treatment
- Partial wages if you're unable to work for at least seven consecutive days because of your medical issue
- Compensation if you are temporarily or permanently disabled
- Death benefits
You'll want to hire a workers' compensation attorney if you're uncomfortable filing a claim or navigating the workers' comp claims process on your own. A lawyer is also recommended if you need to appeal a denied claim or if you receive less in benefits than you think you deserve. Finally, hire an attorney if you're injured while working in a job that isn't covered by South Dakota workers' compensation insurance, because you may need to file a personal injury lawsuit to collect compensation for your injuries.
Find & Hire a Local South Dakota Workers' Compensation Attorney
Whether you live in Sioux Falls, Rapid City or elsewhere in South Dakota, Attorneys.com offers a fast, free serivce that can quickly connect you with local workers' compensation lawyers. Simply call us at 877-913-7222 or fill out the form on this page. After you answer a few simple questions, we'll put you in touch with an attorney in your area.