Section Information

The Section provides information, education and advice to our members, the general public and the S.C. Workers' Compensation Commission on matters affecting the Bar. The section serves as a resource regarding potential legislation before the General Assembly, executive branch and the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commission. The council conducts six meetings each year in order to discuss section-related issues and keep members abreast of current South Carolina Workers’ Compensation topics. Additionally, the section sponsors educational seminars designed to improve the quality and professionalism of attorneys appearing before the S.C. Workers’ Compensation Commission.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Workers' Compensation Section, please forward dues payment in the amount of $15 to: SC Bar, Attn: Donna Oelhafen, P.O. Box 608, Columbia, SC 29202. Please make checks payable to the S.C. Bar and note in the memo portion Workers' Compensation Section Dues.

Section Goals

  • Conduct quarterly meetings of the Section Council. 
  • Coordinate and participate to provide advice and serve as a resource regarding potential legislation before the general assembly, executive branch, and the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission for potential issues facing the upcoming legislative session of the General Assembly to improve the practice before the Workers’ Compensation Commission.
  • Provide information as requested by the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission on requested topics.
  • Improve communications with, and continue to inform, members about Section-related issues through the Section list serve and posting on the Web site. 
  • Continue to work with the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission on matters affecting the Bar and attend and participate in its monthly business meetings in order to keep Section members aware of issues being considered by the Commission and provide input to the Commission on those issues.
  • Continue support for Kid’s Chance of South Carolina, Inc., a scholarship program for children of injured workers affiliated with the SC Workers’ Compensation Educational Association.  Continue to encourage Section members to become active in the organization.
  • Continue to provide assistance to the Bar, as needed, with pending workers’ compensation legislation which would jointly affect both the claimants and the defense bars.  The Section would preclude itself from becoming involved in any type of legislation that would be detrimental to either side of the Workers’ Compensation Section.
  • Encourage ongoing cooperation between claimants and defense lawyers on issues affecting the practice before the Workers’ Compensation including the oath of civility and other issues of professionalism.
  • Continue to serve as a source of guidance to the Workers’ Compensation Commission regarding the efficient administration of the Workers’ Compensation Act.
  • Educate and become a resource to the members of the public who will be affected by the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission Act. 
  • Host a reception for SC Workers’ Compensation Commissioners and Section members.
  • Each year, the Council will determine the necessity for a Workers’ Compensation seminar at the annual Bar Convention
Contact

Staff Contact:
Caitlin Watson
(803) 799-6653, ext. 182
cwatson@scbar.org