South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Settlement Calculator

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Our South Carolina workers’ compensation settlement calculator can help you understand how your benefit amounts are determined. For an individual review of your case, talk to our Greenville workers’ compensation lawyer at Bobby Jones Law.

Before we start

The following information is for your information only. It’s not legal advice. There are a lot of things that can impact a case, and there may be exceptions to the general rules that we used to make these calculators.

Don’t act on any of the information on this website. For an evaluation that’s specific to your case, please contact us. A professional attorney can do a workers’ compensation settlement calculation for you. Our attorney at Bobby Jones Law is proud to represent hard-working, injured individuals in Greenville.

When to Use This Calculator

When an injured worker has reached maximum medical improvement, but they have permanent impairment to a body part, this calculator may assist in determining the appropriate permanent partial disability award.

Workers’ Compensation Rate & Average Weekly Wage

How much did you work?

How to Use

1. Input your total wages for the past year

  • The 52 weeks immediately preceding the injury
  • Enter the total amount, not the weekly amount (for example, if you made $1,000 per week or $52,000 per year, enter $52,000)
  • If you only worked for the employer part of the year, enter the weeks you worked and the period you worked
  • If you worked multiple jobs, include all your jobs

Tip: There may be situations where this method of calculating wages produces an unfair result. In that case, it may be appropriate to use a comparable rate for the same level of employment in the local community.

To read the law on calculating average weekly wages, see S.C. § 42-1-40.

2. Input your impairment rating

  • Your impairment rating is assigned by your workers’ comp doctor. It’s a percentage value of how much impairment that you have to the injured body part
  • Impairment ratings range from 0-100

Tip: Doctors rely on medical guidelines to determine impairment ratings. The goal is to make ratings consistent between doctors, but there can still be discrepancies and disputes. You may need to get a lawyer involved.

3. Select your body part

  • Choose the injured body part
  • South Carolina Code § 42-9-30 creates a workers’ comp settlement chart for South Carolina, assigning specific weeks of compensation depending on the body part injured.

4. Understanding your results

The South Carolina workers’ compensation settlement calculator will perform the following calculation:

W.C. x I.R. x P.D. = Permanent Partial Disability Benefit

  • W.C. = weekly compensation – 2/3 average weekly wages, with maximums and minimums
  • I.R. = impairment rating
  • P.D. = percentage disability

Tip: There are compensation rate maximums and minimums. Our calculator may adjust your average weekly wages accordingly.

Permanent Partial Disability Calculator

Workers’ Comp Settlement Chart for South Carolina

Here is the chart for S.C. workers’ compensation body part values:

South Carolina Body Part Weekly Compensation Chart

Body Part Number of Weeks
Thumb 65
Finger – index 40
Finger – second 35
Finger – third 25
Finger – fourth 20
First phalange – thumb or finger Half of the specified period for that finger
Two+ phalanges of finger Equal to entire finger, up to loss of hand
Big toe 35
Other toes 10
First phalange – any toe Half of specified period for that toe
Two+ phalanges Equal to loss of entire toe
Hand 85
Arm 200
Shoulder 300
Foot 140
Leg 195
Hip 280
Eye or vision 140
Hearing – one ear 80 + proportional benefits for total or partial loss of hearing
Hearing – two ears 165 + proportional benefits for total or partial loss of hearing
Back – 49% or less 300
Back – 50% or more 500, rebuttable presumption of total and permanent disability
Other member or organ 500
Disfigurement to the face, head, neck, or other area normally exposed in employment Up to 50 weeks

Source: S.C. § Code 42-9-30. Schedule of period of disability and compensation.

How to Use the Workers’ Comp Settlement Chart for South Carolina

The South Carolina body part weekly compensation chart is for permanent injuries. Even though workers’ compensation gives you medical care, there are times that an injured worker will have a permanent disability.

How can the injured worker be fairly compensated for this loss?

The injured worker is already compensated for their inability to work, but it’s only fair that they be compensated for permanent damage. Workers’ compensation doesn’t allow pain and suffering. Instead, the body part weekly compensation chart calculates compensation for permanent loss from a workplace injury.

The purpose of the provided workers’ comp body part values is fair and consistent compensation for injured workers when they lose body function because of on-the-job accidents and exposures.

Where Does the SC Workers’ Compensation Body Part Values Chart Come From?

The SC workers’ compensation body part values chart comes from S.C. Code § 42-9-30. This is a law passed by South Carolina lawmakers. In addition, S.C. Code Regs. § 67-1101 provides additional guidance that is missing from the law.

Many body parts and functions are included in S.C. Code § 42-9-30. But the list is not exhaustive. S.C. Code Regs. § 67-1101 provides additional body parts that may be affected.

Supplemental Chart for South Carolina Workers’ Comp Loss of Use & Total Loss

Organ, Member, or Body Part Weeks Paid, Total Loss Partial Loss/Loss of Use
Breast 75 10-75
Breasts 250 25-250
Coccyx 10 1-10
Gall Bladder 75 10-75
Kidney 400 25-250
Lung 400 25-250
Pancreas 500 10-250
Rib (max 200 weeks for total loss of 4 ribs) 10 1 1/2 -10
Scrotum and Testicles 350 30-300
Spleen 25 2 1/2 -25
Testicle 75 10-75
Testicles 250 25-250
Tongue 500 50-500
Tooth 2 1/2 -2
Biliary Tract 75-400
Bladder 25-250
Brain 25-250
Bronchi or Bronchus 25-400
Esophagus 25-400
Cervix 10-100
Clavicle 10-100
Colon 25-250
Diaphragm 25-250
Duodenum 10-250
Fallopian Tubes 10-100
Heart 25-250
Intestine, Small 10-400
Larynx 25-400
Liver 25-250
Mandible 10-100
Ovaries 10-100
Palate 25-250
Penis 25-250
Prostate 10-100
Rectum 10-250
Scapula 10-200
Skin 5-300
Spermatic Cord 10-100
Sternum 10-100
Stomach 25-250
Thyroid Gland 10-100
Ureter 10-100
Urethra 10-100
Vagina 25-250
Vulva 25-250
Nasal Passage 10-75
Olfactory Nerve 10-75
Sinus 5-30

The maximum compensation for a combination of injuries is 500 weeks, as set by state law.

How does the workers’ comp chart impact my compensation?

The weeks assigned for the loss are multiplied by the percentage impairment and your average weekly wage. This determines your compensation for body part loss.

Remember that the workers’ comp body parts chart is only one factor in your compensation. The way that your injury impacts your ability to work is another factor. That means the same injury could mean different compensation to different people depending on the type of work and whether they can work in full or light capacity.

Getting the workers’ compensation payment you deserve takes diligent work. The insurer may want a clincher agreement that prohibits you from receiving additional medical care. You should negotiate for that, rather than just giving it to them.

You may have a lawyer represent you in these negotiations.

At Bobby Jones Law, we represent workers who have suffered temporary or permanent injury to their:

We have the skills and resources to handle workers’ comp claims involving all extremities and bodily systems. Your individual injuries require a personalized case strategy.

Calculate Your Workers’ Compensation Settlement with a Lawyer

When you calculate your workers’ compensation settlement with a lawyer, you get an evaluation that is personalized to your circumstances. We invite you to contact Bobby Jones Law to discuss the specifics of your case.

The team at Bobby Jones Law LLC works tirelessly for the injured in South Carolina. His achievements include:
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