Cynthia C. Dooley

Cindy Dooley has practiced law in South Carolina since 1997. She spends the majority of her time representing employers in workers’ compensation actions before the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. Prior to attending law school, Cindy worked as an adjuster for a large insurance company. She has over 26 years of experience in workers’ compensation matters. Cindy brings a unique approach because of her experience as an adjuster. She understands the issues that adjusters face daily and the pressures that an employer experiences when they are involved in workers’ compensation litigation. Representing employers all over the state of South Carolina, Cindy prides herself on bringing particularly difficult cases to a good resolution for all the parties involved. Cindy was born and raised in Lexington County, S.C. and when she is not at work, she can be found somewhere on Lake Murray enjoying the water.

“I’m a firm believer in teamwork, and am proud of the way Turner Padget demonstrates the effectiveness of working together everyday. Together we can solve any problem for our clients, large or small.”

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.

Contact Information

Columbia Office
Phone: 803.227.4209
Fax: 803.400.1475
Email: cdooley@turnerpadget.com
Download vCard here.

Practice Areas

In Our Blog

Bar and Court Admissions

South Carolina Bar, 1997
United States District Court, District of South Carolina, 1997
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, 1998

Education

University of South Carolina, J.D., 1997
University of South Carolina, B.S. magna cum laude, 1978

Professional Affiliations

South Carolina Workers Compensation Commission Mediation Advisory Committee
South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association (Member, 1997-Present; 2013 Medical Seminar Commitee)
South Carolina Women Lawyers’ Association (Member, 1997-Present)
South Carolina Bar (Member, 1997-Present)
Richland County Bar (Member, 1997-Present)
Lexington Medical Center Foundation (Member, 2000-Present)

Speeches/Presentations

“South Carolina Workers’ Compensation 101,” Zurich, 2010
“WC Case Law Update,” Zurich, 2010                  
“WC Case Law Update,” AmTrust, 2010
“WC Case Law Update,” Berkshire Hathaway, 2010
“WC Case Law Update,” Sedgwick, 2010
“WC Case Law Update,” Gallagher Basset, 2010
“WC Case Law Update,” Guide One, 2010
“Workers’ Compensation Forms 101,” Liberty Mutual, 2009
“Fundamentals of South Carolina Workers’ Compensation,” ESIS, Inc., 2009
“Advanced South Carolina Workers’ Compensation,” ESIS, Inc., 2009
“South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Issues,” Berkshire Hathaway, 2009
“South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Update,” Liberty Mutual, 2008
“South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Case Law Update,” ESIS, Inc., 2008
“Handling Workers’ Compensation Cases in South Carolina,” Liberty Mutual, 2008
“South Carolina Workers’ Compensation,” Wausau, 2007

Honors

Supreme Court of South Carolina, Certified Civil Court Mediator, 2008
Best Lawyers in America, Workers’ Compensation, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
Columbia Metropolitan Best Attorneys in the Midlands, 2013