The Judicial Department is responsible for scheduling, monitoring, and reviewing all informal conferences and contested workers' compensation cases. The department's work is divided between three adjudication processes:
An Informal Conference is scheduled in an admitted case when the employee has been released by the treating physician to return to work. A Commissioner or Deputy Commissioner presides over the conference to review the case and determine if any further benefits are due. The employee or the employer's representative may request an Informal Conference. The employee may request a conference by writing a letter to the Commission; the employer's representative may request a conference on a Form 18.
If the issues are not resolved at the Informal Conference, the case is set before the Jurisdictional Commissioner for a hearing.
Frequently Asked Questions About Informal Conferences
Informal Conference Schedule
The Workers' Compensation Commission conducts hearings to resolve disputes between employees and employers. An employee may request a hearing if the employer does not report the accident, denies the injury occurred by accident or is work-related, or if the employee believes that he or she did not receive all due benefits. To request a hearing, completeForm 50.
Hearings are conducted by one of seven commissioners who rotate between seven regional districts every two months.
Mediation is a process for parties to find a resolution prior to having the matter set for a hearing. Effective June 28, 2013, Workers' Compensation cases may be required to be mediated by Regulation 67-1802 through 67-1809.
A list of certified mediators may be obtained from the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Educational Association's website at www.scwcea.org, or the South Carolina Bar at www.scbar.org.
Advisory notice on submission of Form 70 ( Posted March 27, 2015)
Mediation Frequently Asked Questions
Questions about mediation should be directed to email@example.com.
- Anita East
- Telephone 803-737-5723