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Carole Jean Hayes

Carole Jean Hayes

Hayes Law Firm
  • Workers' Compensation, Personal Injury
  • South Carolina
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I have been representing those wrongfully injured in our State since 1990 and have never represented or defended an insurance company. The Hayes Law Firm is concerned about quality representation, not quantity. We aggressively represent our clients in and out of the court room. Please call me for a free consultation today to see if I can help you get the compensation that you are entitled to. The insurance companies and their adjusters have attorneys working for them, please make sure you have an attorney working for you. I have been doing this now for 27 years and would be honored to meet with you.

Practice Areas
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Personal Injury
  • Free Consultation
    Free consultations on all cases I handle.
  • Contingent Fees
    There is no attorney fee unless I secure compensation for you.
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    In most cases the Hayes Law Firm pays for all expenses associated with a claim up front (for medical evaluations, medical records, etc.). I do this to minimize any financial inconveniences to my clients while a claim is pending. My goal is to take care of everything possible for my clients in an effort to minimize the hardships inherent in an accident....
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
South Carolina
  • English: Spoken, Written
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Judicial Clerk
Memphis Tennessee Chancery Court
Memphis State Law School
J.D. (1990) | Law
Honors: Dean's List
Activities: Moot Court Board, Jessup International Society, clerk for Chancellor Lewis.
George Mason University
B.A. (1987)
Honors: Graduated With Distinction, Alpha Chi
Professional Associations
South Carolina Workers Compensation Educational Association
Injured Workers Advocates
Federal Bar Association  # 12325
- Current
South Carolina State Bar # 15132
- Current
Websites & Blogs
Hayes Law Firm Website
Legal Answers
20 Questions Answered

Q. Can workers comp pay (66 2/3) be based on the initial injury compensation?
A: The adjuster is correct if this is still part of the original injury. There was not a second incident/accident that aggravated the knee???? If not, you are stuck with the same compensation rate.
Q. A guy runs a red light and T-Bone you. Can you sue his insurance company and do a personal suit against him?
A: This is the way it generally works: You make a claim, without filing a lawsuit, with the automobile insurance company that insures the vehicle that the at-fault driver was driving. In other words, the insurance follows the vehicle. If they do not offer you what you want, then you file a lawsuit naming the at-fault driver as the defendant. You do not sue the insurance company, specifically, unless you are suing them for bad faith or another cause of action. Your cause of action for this auto accident lies with the at-fault driver. I hope that clarifies a bit for you.
Q. Can a sheriff have a vehicle towed,in SC after car breaking down for only 45mins.
A: Unfortunately, without some kind of extenuating circumstances, they can do this as it impedes the flow of traffic. Check on your policy to see if you have towing coverage.
Q. My husband has a SC workers comp claim which was approved for settlement on March 20, 2018.
A: It can take anywhere from a few days to a month. I am not sure what is taking 2 certainly could happen. Obviously, you need to talk to your attorney. I am sure if you call your attorneys' office and let them know that you are "confused" about where your money is, you will get a response. If you do not get a response, perhaps you could call one of us on AVVO and see if we can assist.
Q. My daughter got burned by Grill in our complex they're asking to do an injury report in front of a that ok
A: You really need to get an attorney. I would recommend that you do not give a statement until you speak to an attorney. It will not cost you a dime to talk with one of us so that we can protect and represent your daughter.
Q. I went to the er for a scratched cornea and before I left work me and my boss called to report my injury and I filled
A: Generally, when you injure yourself while working, you are entitled to 66% of your average weekly wages if you miss more than 7 days. The insurance company is also responsible for directing and payment of your causally-related medical treatment. If you had to go to the ER immediately after given the nature of your injury, the Commission has discretion regarding ordering the insurance company to pay that bill. You also may be entitled to further treatment and a lump sum based upon any permanent injury to the eye with which you have been left. A phone call to one of us can get you some free advise so that you can make an informed decision regarding whether you need an attorney.
Q. My husband hurt his back on the job in August of 2016. He was released from doctor in May 2017 but still having issues.
A: You really do need to get an attorney. Whatever money you have been offered by insurance company will be yours without an attorney fee. The attorney is entitled to 1/3 of anything over and above what you have already been offered. So, that having been said, why don't you just call one of us on AVVO and talk to us because if he is still having problems with his back, there are certain considerations that must be addressed. Is he really at maximum medical improvement? Does he need a second opinion? Have you addressed future medical needs? There are a lot of other equally important considerations. Do you have all of his limitations and restrictions reduced to writing by his physician? In short, I do believe that his case is deserving of proper legal representation. I do wish him a good recovery.
Q. If hurt while working but, your job doesn't require worker's comp insurance can you file a personal injury claim?
A: Short answer: If you were hurt while working for your employer and you were helping him do his work at simply another location per direction , you are covered by the Workers Comp Act. You will most probably need a lawyer because they will probably deny given the facts.
Q. I was injured at VC summer nuclear plant then plant shut down construction I've been told I can't get ttd ?
A: I cannot tell exactly what is going on via your post. Generally, if you are on light duty restrictions per an authorized, treating physician, you are entitled to weekly benefits. It does not matter if the plant closed down as the insurance company is on the hook for your entire claim. I would suggest that you contact a JUSTIA lawyer local to you so you can get some answers.
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870 Cleveland St, Suite 2D
Greenville, SC 29601
Telephone: (864) 233-3100
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