The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently issued a ruling in favor of a school district worker who suffered a repetitive motion injury. Previously, the workers’ compensation commission ruled the statute of limitations had run out on his case, but the appellate court reversed.
In Rhame v. Charleston County School District, plaintiff had worked as a heating and air conditioning technician for the district for more than 20 years, from 1987 to 2009. His work often required that he lift equipment that weighed as much as 100 pounds.
Starting in 1994, he began to experience on-and-off back pain. He also developed problems with his neck and had to undergo cervical fusion surgery. After talking about his health issues with someone at the district, he was told the district would not provide benefits for these problems – even though they were work related. The district later sent a formal denial letter for neck injury benefits. Continue reading