South Dakota workers’ comp insurance experts

We are the 4th largest workers’ compensation insurer in South Dakota and the carrier of choice for 28,000+ employers in the Midwest. SFM works with South Dakota independent agents and we’d love to partner with you for your work comp needs.

 

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Our customer retention rate is the best in the business with 96+% of our customers staying with us every single year!

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Workers’ compensation is complex, and it’s all we do. Our specialists know work comp inside and out and provide unmatched quality.

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With an A+ Better Business Bureau rating and AM Best rating of A- (Excellent) we offer top service and a solid financial foundation.

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We’re easy to work with and quick to respond. Customers work with dedicated staff who build solid relationships with policyholders.

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Our safety experts help keep your employees safe. Claim adjusters, doctors and nurses make sure they are in good hands if they get hurt.

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Work comp 101

As a business owner, you probably have a lot of questions about workers’ compensation. “Do I need a policy? What does it cover? How can I buy it?” Learn about workers’ comp in South Dakota from the Work Comp Experts.

What is workers' compensation insurance?

Workers’ compensation insurance protects businesses and their employees from the cost of workplace injuries. You may also hear it called “work comp” or “workman’s comp.”

Workers’ comp covers medical bills and lost wages when someone is injured at work. Benefits can also include payments to compensate for permanent disabilities and to dependents of workers who are killed in job-related incidents.

A workers’ comp policy also covers the employer in case an injured employee brings a lawsuit for alleged negligence. In this way, insurance provides protection for both the employee and employer.

What does workers' compensation insurance cover?

Unlike other lines of insurance, workers’ compensation doesn’t offer different or optional levels of coverage for you to choose. When your policy is in place, it covers every work-related injury considered compensable by South Dakota state law.

Workers’ comp benefits are determined by state law and don’t vary from policy to policy within the state. They are designed to:

  • Replace wages lost when an employee is unable to work due to a work injury
  • Cover medical bills related to on-the-job injuries

Benefits can also include payments to compensate for permanent disabilities and to dependents of workers who are killed in job-related incidents.

How do I know if I need a workers' comp policy in South Dakota?

South Dakota law requires you to purchase workers’ compensation coverage if you have any employees, eve one who only works part-time full-time in South Dakota.

There are some exceptions as determined by South Dakota state law (if certain requirements are met):

  • Domestic servants working less than 20 hours per week or for less than six weeks in any 13-week period
  • Farm or agricultural labor
  • One whose employment is not in the usual course of trade, business, occupation or profession of the employer (such as independent contractors)
  • Certain elected officials of the state or any subdivision of government
  • Workfare participants

While not required, in most situations these individuals do have the option to include themselves in a policy.

Businesses that don’t currently have employees can also purchase a small policy to cover future employees.

See the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation for specifics.

How much does it cost?

Your workers’ compensation premium is based on the type of work your business does, how dangerous your industry is, and the amount you pay your employees. Other factors affecting price include your business’ commitment to safety and history of work injuries. Basically, the safer you keep your workers, the less it costs you to insure them.

Workers’ comp policies are issued annually, with a required review or “audit” at the end of each year.

Sometimes accidental injuries are out of your control, but you’d be surprised how much control you do have. For example, slips and falls are very common causes of serious work injuries. Simply ensuring that your parking lot is shoveled and salted in the winter, and keeping your indoor work environment tidy could prevent one of these accidents.

Our top three tips for holding down your claim costs:

  1. Make workplace safety a high priority. Find many general and industry-specific resources to make your workplace safer in our resource catalog.
  2. Report claims right away. Our claims representatives are experts in making sure injured workers get the care they need to ensure a smooth and speedy recovery.
  3. Provide light-duty work to injured employees who have medical restrictions rather than having them stay off work until they can return to their regular jobs.

Learn more about keeping workers’ compensation costs low.

How do I buy workers’ comp insurance in South Dakota?

You have a couple of options for purchasing a workers’ compensation policy in South Dakota. Since South Dakota has a voluntary market, you can purchase workers’ comp insurance from any independent insurance agent or insurance carrier that is licensed to provide coverage in South Dakota (like SFM).

To get your workers’ comp coverage directly through SFM, request a quote on our website or call us at (844) 828-3801.

If you choose to work with an independent insurance agent but don’t already have a relationship with one, use our tool to find an agent in your area.

Where can I get more information on workers’ compensation in South Dakota?

Since workers’ comp coverage is mandated by the state, the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation is your go-to source of information. You can also call them at (605) 773-3563.

Visit the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and South Dakota Safety Council websites for safety requirements and information.

Ready to get started?

We’d love to add you to the growing list of South Dakota employers who trust us for their workers’ compensation coverage.