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Sponsors: Senator Cromer
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Introduced in the Senate on January 20, 2016
Currently residing in the Senate Committee on Judiciary
Summary: Third party liability
HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS
Date Body Action Description with journal page number ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1/20/2016 Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 8) 1/20/2016 Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 8)
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VERSIONS OF THIS BILL
TO AMEND SECTION 42-1-560(b), CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO THE RIGHT TO COMPENSATION NOT AFFECTED BY LIABILITY OF THIRD PARTIES, SO AS TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMS AND TO PROVIDE THAT ATTORNEY FEES SHALL BE PAID FROM THE FUNDS RECOVERED FOR THE CARRIER FROM THE LIABLE THIRD PARTY.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 42-1-560(b) of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 42-1-560. (b)(1) For the purposes of this subsection, 'other expenses' include, but are not limited to, ambulance costs, medical repricing fees, legal fees, and outside consultation fees.
(2) The injured employee or, in the event of his death, his dependents, shall be entitled to receive the compensation and other benefits provided by this title and to enforce by appropriate proceedings his or their rights against the third party; provided, that action against the third party must be commenced not later than one year after the carrier accepts liability for the payment of compensation or makes payment pursuant to an award under this title, except as hereinafter provided. In such case the carrier shall have a lien on the proceeds of any recovery from the third party whether by judgment, settlement or otherwise, to the extent of the total amount of compensation, including medical and other expenses, paid, or to be paid by such carrier, less the reasonable and necessary expenses, including attorney fees, incurred in effecting the recovery, and to the extent the recovery shall be deemed to be for the benefit of the carrier. Attorney fees owed and payable by the carrier to the attorneys effecting the recovery shall be set by the commission but shall not exceed one third of the total claim amount paid by the carrier to the injured employee. Such fees shall be paid from the funds recovered
by for the carrier from the liable third party. Any balance remaining after payment of necessary expenses and satisfaction of the carrier's lien shall be applied as a credit against future compensation benefits for the same injury or death and shall be distributed as provided in subsection (g). Notice of the commencement of the action shall be given within thirty days thereafter to the Workers' Compensation Commission, the employer and carrier upon a form prescribed by the Workers' Compensation Commission."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
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