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Workers’ Compensation

Adams and Reese attorneys have decades of experience representing employers and their insurance carriers in workers’ compensation legal issues surrounding workplace accidents and occupational diseases, which can be varied, complex, and ever-changing.

Our Attorneys

Adams and Reese attorneys are certified circuit court mediators with expansive experience in mediations of workers’ compensation cases, in circuit court or federal court actions, and can offer versatility in cross-over claims, such as workers’ compensation claims with third-party liability liens. In addition, our attorneys add perspective to traditional methods of dispute resolution by providing alternative dispute resolution services to other law firms, the state commission, state courts and federal courts, not only representing parties in mediation proceedings arising out of workers’ compensation issues, but also in matters involving various aspects of the law.

Recognizing that the employment environment demands experience in multiple areas of law, the Adams and Reese workers’ compensation practice is integrated within our Labor and Employment and also Litigation practices, with attorneys admitted to practice at all levels of state, federal and appellate courts, and team members have argued and advocated before the EEOC, the OFCCP, the NLRB, OSHA, the DOL Wage-Hour Administration, as well as various state and local workplace agencies. This team-oriented approach means clients benefit from Adams and Reese’s regional footprint and the wide range of legal resources available.

Our experience in the defense of a variety of employment, class action and labor claims is extensive in the southeast region. Lawyers on the team are located across the southern United States and possess knowledge of the local labor and employment culture. They possess knowledge of human resources requirements, union and non-union structures and the critical labor policies surrounding compensation, hiring, termination, retention, immigration and mergers and acquisitions.

Core Practice and Clients

Advising and representing clients in hearings at all levels from the state workers’ compensation commissions through the appellate courts, and in mediations, our attorneys protect clients’ interests in claims, while also educating and assisting our clients with the nuances and changes in workers’ compensation laws through consultation, on-site visits and seminars. Our attorneys also assist employers with reviews of safety procedures and modified-duty programs, while offering advice on risk management and cost control.

Representative Matters

Clients can count on our workers’ compensation and labor and employment experience in such industries as hospitality, transportation, health care, IP, entertainment, banking, education, energy and maritime. The team has experience representing clients on a wide range of cases, including:

  • Robbins v. Walgreens, 652 S.E.2d 90 (S.C.  Ct. App. 2007)
  • Doe v. McMaster, 585 S.E.2d 773 (S.C. 2003)
  • Shealy v. Aiken County, 535 S.E.2d 438 (S.C. 2000)
  • Broughton v. S. of the Border, 520 S.E.2d 634 (S.C. Ct. App. 1999)
  • Stephenson v. Rice Services, Inc., 473 S.E.2d 699 (S.C. 1996)
  • Fox v. Newberry County Memorial Hospital, 461 S.E.2d 392 (S.C.1995)
  • Grayson v. Carter Rhoad Furniture, 454 S.E.2d 320 (S.C. 1995)
  • Brown v. Owen Steel Co., Inc., 450 S.E.2d 57 ( S.C. Ct. App. 1994)
  • Owings v. Anderson County Sheriff's Dept., 433 S.E.2d 869 (S.C. 1993)
  • Smith v. Squires Timber Co., 428 S.E.2d 878 (S.C. 1993)
  • Stanley Smith & Sons v. D.M.R. Inc., 415 S.E.2d 428 (S.C. Ct. App. 1992)
  • Howard v. Owen Steel Co., 400 S.E.2d 149 (S.C. 1991)
  • McCreery v. Covenant Presbyterian Church, 400 S.E.2d 130 (S.C. 1990)
  • Ross v. Am. Red Cross, 381 S.E.2d 728 (S.C. 1989)
  • Hubbs v. Gov't Employees Ins. Co., 340 S.E.2d 532 (S.C. 1986)
  • Chitty v. Allied Chem. Co., 328 S.E.2d 476 (S.C. 1985)
  • Milligan v. S. Carolina Dept. of Highways & Pub. Transp., 320 S.E.2d 505 (S.C. Ct. App. 1984)