Hartzell v. Palmetto Collision is a workers’ compensation appeal that was decided by the South Carolina Supreme Court. In Hartzell, a 50-year-old claimant was working as as a paint technician at an auto body shop in the beginning of 2009 when he suffered an on-the-job injury.
Claimant was moving rims, tires, and heavy equipment in his paint shop when he hurt his lower back. He started feeling the pain late in the day, and it got worse that night. The following day he was very sore and in more pain. According to his testimony at the hearing, he told his employer the next day that that he was very sore and likely hurt himself the day before at work. His employer told him to go to the emergency room if he had back pain, but claimant decided not to seek any medical attention. Continue reading