Thomas M. White

Top rated Workers' Compensation attorney in Goose Creek, South Carolina

Steinberg Law Firm, LLC
Thomas M. White
Steinberg Law Firm, LLC

Practice Areas: Workers' Compensation, Social Security Disability

Licensed in South Carolina since: 1978

Education: University of South Carolina School of Law

Languages Spoken: English, Spanish

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2013, 2017 - 2024
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Steinberg Law Firm, LLC

118 S. Goose Creek Blvd.
Goose Creek, SC 29445 Phone: 843-572-0700 Email: Thomas M. White Visit website

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Working the third shift in the cotton mills of South Carolina’s Upstate shaped Tom’s desire to help working people. He knows first-hand the impact a workplace accident can have on the worker and their family. He focuses on helping his clients get the best medical care so they can return to work. He strives to maximize his clients’ recovery because he knows there are no second chances once a settlement has been made. Tom wants the best for his clients and is focused on making sure they are protected for other benefits and the future.

As an example, Tom recently successfully handled a case for a hotel maintenance worker who was lifting laundry scales during his shift and had a devastating accident. As a result of the injury to his back and spine, and surgery for the injury that did not go well, the worker was paralyzed and is now a paraplegic. The case turned on two factors: the client’s desire to seek treatment beyond what the workers’ compensation carrier was offering, and for his wife to care for him, full-time at home, instead of hiring part-time home health workers, which also have been controlled by the workers’ compensation carrier. Thanks to Tom, the client received a confidential settlement of $3.2 million in special damagers for future medical care from the employer’s insurance carrier.

After he graduated from the University of Virginia with distinction, Tom studied to become a lawyer at the South Carolina School of Law in 1977. He graduated at the top of his class and was admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1978. He began his law career as a public defender and joined the Steinberg Law Firm in 1980. He is a member of the Charleston County Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, and South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association. For the past 20 years, Tom has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers for Workers’ Compensation. Thanks to his solid reputation for effective legal work on behalf of workers injured on the job, other lawyers refer business to Tom because they know he will take good care of their clients.

Tom has served on the Charleston County Common Pleas Liaison Committee and the Charleston County Grievance Committee. He is a former municipal judge in Goose Creek and a member of the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Claimants’ Association.

Tom lives in Charleston with his wife and has three children and three grandchildren.

First Admitted: 1978, South Carolina

Professional Webpage: https://www.steinberglawfirm.com/attorney/thomas-m-white/

Educational Background:
  • University of South Carolina School of Law- JD-Juris Doctor, 1977
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • South Carolina Bar Association; Member, 1978-present, 1978
  • Charleston County Bar Association; Charleston County Grievance Committee
  • Charleston County Bar Association; Charleston County Common Pleas Liaison Committee
  • Berkeley County Bar Association; Member
  • South Carolina Association for Justice; Member
  • South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Claimants’ Association; Member
  • South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association; Member
  • Charleston County Bar Association; Member
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Attorney Thomas White of Steinberg Law Firm Obtains $3.2 Million on Behalf of Paralyzed Client in Recent South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Case In July of this year, Charleston personal injury attorney Thomas White of Steinberg Law Firm and Peter David Brown helped secure a settlement award of $3.2 million in a South Carolina workers’ compensation case. The settlement represents a major victory for the injured worker, who was left paralyzed after a workplace accident. The facts surrounding the accident were tragic. Back in 2018, while at work, the employee attempted to lift a scale used to weigh guests’ outgoing laundry. As the worker lifted the scale with the help of a coworker, he injured his back and spine. The man immediately went to the hospital, where Emergency Room doctors told him that he would need immediate surgery. The procedure did not go well, and the worker was left paralyzed from the waist down as a result. After the accident, the man filed a South Carolina workers’ compensation claim. These claims are filed against the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier, who is ultimately responsible for resolving the claim. Two issues arose in negotiating the worker’s compensation award. First, the injured worker wanted his wife to provide him with the in-home care that he needed, rather than have a part-time home healthcare worker. Second, the man hoped for medical benefits beyond what the workers’ compensation insurer was willing to provide. As attorney White explained, his client “is 46 and has a lifetime of medical care that he wanted to direct, rather than be directed by the workers’ compensation carrier, who controls everything.” The $3.2 million settlement allows the injured worker to obtain the care he needs and enables his wife to provide the care. Since the settlement, the injured worker is doing much better. He explained that he is glad the process is over and that he no longer has to deal with the workers’ compensation system. While the details of the settlement are confidential, according to the agreement between the parties, the total award amount was $3.2 million. This includes $2.35 in special damages, intended to cover the man’s future medical care needs.  , 2020
Honors/Awards:
  • Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. A listing in Best Lawyers is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor, conferred on a lawyer by his or her peers. For more than three decades, Best Lawyers lists have earned the respect of the profession, the media, and the public, as the most reliable, unbiased source of legal referrals anywhere. Tom has been named in the "Workers’ Compensation Law - Claimants" by Best Lawyers in America for 17 consecutive year (2007-2024)., Best Lawyers in America, Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants,, Best Lawyers in America, 2024
  • Elite Lawyer; Elite Lawyer, 2021-2022, Elite Lawyer, 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rating; ALM/Martindale-Hubbell, 2020, Martindale-Hubbell, 2020
  • Workers’ Compensation Law-Claimants “Lawyer of the Year; Awarded by Best Lawyers, 2016, Best Lawyers, 2016
  • AV Preeminent Rating; Martindale-Hubbell, 2013, Martindale-Hubbell, 2013
  • South Carolina Business Magazine’s Legal Elite, 2023, South Carolina Business Magazine, 2023
  • Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Tom has won the recognition of Super Lawyers for 7 consecutive years (2011-2013, 2017-2023)., Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2023

Office location for Thomas M. White

118 S. Goose Creek Blvd.
Goose Creek, SC 29445

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11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2013, 2017 - 2024

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