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Cynthia C. Dooley

Shareholder | Columbia, SC |

cdooley@turnerpadget.com   |   vcard   |   803-227-4209

Biography

Cindy Dooley has been helping resolve workers’ compensation cases for over thirty years. She started out as an adjuster in the 1970s and learned the unique challenges that adjusters and employers deal with on a daily basis. After working as an adjuster for over thirteen years, she decided to go to law school in order to defend employers before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission and higher courts.

Cindy joined Turner Padget in 1997 and concentrates her practice on representing employers and carriers in the workers’ compensation arena. Cindy also became a certified circuit court mediator in 2008. Cindy believes that mediation gives each party the ability to help control the ultimate outcome of their case.

As a result of Cindy’s over thirty years of workers’ compensation experience in South Carolina, she is uniquely able to help her clients successfully navigate their way through each case and bring the case to a successful resolution.

Cindy is keenly aware of the complex legal, medical, and coverage issues involved in each case. She likes to partner with her clients to determine the most cost effective way to handle and resolve each case. She prides herself on making sure her clients are always aware of the status of their case.

Cindy has an unparalleled ability to navigate the best settlement for her clients. She also aggressively defends denied cases.

She represents employers across the entire state of South Carolina. She is familiar with the doctors, attorneys, medical facilities across the state of South Carolina. Cindy has served as practice group leader for the Turner Padget Workers Compensation Team and on several advisory committees for the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission.

Cindy was born and has lived her entire life in Lexington County, South Carolina. She is married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two grown children and three grandsons. She enjoys traveling and spending time with her family.

Representative Matters

Workers’ Compensation

  • Successfully defended several trucking companies against workers’ compensation claims brought in South Carolina and prevailed in a determination that South Carolina did not have jurisdiction of the cases.
  • Regularly counsels a national health provider on their workers’ compensation cases and has helped to reduce the cost of their claims statewide.
  • The employee sustained a work-related back injury and returned to work five days later with restrictions.   The employer accommodated his restrictions, assigned him to light duty work, and paid his full salary.  Roughly two months later, the employee violated company policy.   He also acknowledged prior infractions of company policy. The employee was suspended, reinstated, and, after review by corporate human resources personnel, terminated.  The employee then filed a claim for temporary total disability compensation from the date of his termination and continuing.  The single commissioner, affirmed by the Full Commission, denied benefits on the basis that the employee was terminated for violating company policy and, therefore, he could not prove a nexus between the injury and his inability to earn income.  Affirming the Commission’s denial of benefits, the South Carolina Supreme Court rejected the contention that the law mandates payment of temporary benefits, regardless of the factual circumstances of a given case, whenever an employee is discharged from an accommodated, light duty position.

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