[Myrtle Beach, S.C., October 9, 2017] – The South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association (SCWCEA) is pleased to announce Officer Peter Conklin of Irmo, SC as the recipient of the 2017 Annual Inspiration Award during its 41st Annual Educational Conference on Workers’ Compensation.
“This award was created in 2015 to recognize, celebrate and share in the success of an injured worker in South Carolina’s Workers’ Compensation system” said Andrea Roche, SCWCEA President. “We also want to acknowledge the professional team which performed in the manner that exemplifies the very best of the Workers’ Compensation system.”
Officer Conklin was seriously injured while assisting a disabled motorist on I – 126 when he was struck by a car May 24, 2016. At the time, Officer Conklin was 28 years old.
He suffered a severe degloving injury to the left forearm and antecubital fossa to his hand and underwent multiple surgeries including a tendon transfer. Officer Conklin received several months of intense occupational therapy which he mastered sooner than expected by his medical team. At his two month visit with his Orthopedic physician, Dr. John Walsh
was astounded by Mr. Conklin’s ability to demonstrate full extension to make a fist with enough motion in thumb and index finger to pinch. Dr. Walsh remarked that Peter Conklin’s recovery and rehabilitation were “short of a miracle”.
Officer Conklin returned to part-time work at the Columbia Police Department during August 2016 and full time status in September 2016 after passing all of the required tests.
Due to his determination, positive attitude, and efforts to recover, Peter Conklin returned to work much sooner than anticipated by everyone.
“Pete is the perfect example of how the system should work,” said T. Scott Beck, chairman of the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission. “I have met hundreds of injured workers during my service with the Commission and very few have as much determination, courage and self-discipline as Pete Conklin. He is truly an inspiration and deserving of this recognition.”
“It is an honor to be the recipient of this award,” said Conklin. “I’d like to thank the South Carolina Workers’ Compensational Educational Association, my entire family, Chief Skip Holbrook and the Columbia Police Department, Dr. John Walsh of Palmetto Health Orthopedic, Kim Carter of GENEX Services, Companion TPA, and Mike Kelly and Brad Hewett of the Mike Kelly Law Group. The outpouring of support by my employer and fellow officers as well as the medical and rehabilitation team was a driving factor in my recovery process. Without them, none of this would have been possible.”
Office Conklin was nominated for the award by Jonathan Duarte of Companion TPA which handled his case.
Peter Conklin’s information will be displayed in the waiting room of the SC Workers’ Compensation Commission office in Columbia.
About the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Educational Association
The SCWCEA is a non-profit organization of over 800 workers' compensation professionals from throughout the United States. It conducts educational programs and provides educational resources for its members and the general public pertaining to the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Act and its administration by the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission. These programs and resources keep our members up-to-date on the very latest on medical and legal issues related to workers' comp. For information, visit http://www.scwcea.org.