Rhode Island Workplace Injuries & Workers’ Compensation
Every year, thousands of Rhode Island workers suffer workplace injuries or illnesses without warning. While some injuries are mild, others may be life-altering and even deadly.
Employers in Rhode Island report an average of 117,000 workplace injuries each year, according to Trusted Choice Insurance.
Workers who are hurt on the job or suffer from a work-related illness are usually covered by workers’ compensation insurance.
Every business in Rhode Island must have workers’ compensation insurance, with a few exceptions.
Typically, these benefits pay for the employee’s medical expenses and a portion of their wages until they can get back to work.
Industries with the most workers’ comp claims in Rhode Island include:
- Auto part dealers
- Couriers and messengers
- Fabricated metal products manufacturing
- Health care and social services
- Paper manufacturing
- Textile mill work
- Transportation and warehousing
In some cases, workers may be able to hold a third party accountable for their injuries, like property owners, contractors, or product manufacturers.
Our experienced workers’ comp attorneys in Rhode Island can investigate your accident and determine who is at fault in addition to pursuing compensation on your behalf — at no out-of-pocket cost to you.
To determine if you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits in Rhode Island, call (800) 995-1212 now for a free case review.
Common Injuries at Work
Regardless of the industry you work in, an employment-related accident can occur and result in serious injuries or illnesses.
Common workplace-related injuries include:
- Back injuries from overexertion
- Burns from fires and explosions
- Fractured or broken bones
- Head and brain injuries
- Illnesses caused by exposure to hazardous substances
- Loss of limb or severe lacerations
- Noise-induced hearing loss
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Vision loss
After suffering a serious injury, you shouldn’t be further burdened with expensive medical bills. Filing a workers’ compensation claim in Rhode Island can help you afford the care you need while protecting your financial future.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits in Rhode Island
Depending on your injury or illness, you may be able to access multiple types of workers’ compensation.
Rhode Island workers’ comp benefits include:
- Medical Benefits: All injury-related medical bills may be paid for by workers’ compensation.
- Partial Disability Benefits: If an employee is not totally disabled, but their ability to earn their full wages is impacted, compensation is available to supplement their income.
- Total Disability Benefits: If an employee is unable to earn wages in any job due to their injury, compensation is available for the duration of their disability.
- Vocational Rehabilitation: For those with permanent function limitations from an injury, training for a new career can be provided.
- Death Benefits: If a work injury is fatal, the employee’s dependents (typically their spouse and kids under 18) may be able to receive weekly payments and compensation to cover burial expenses.
Workers’ comp benefits may also extend to the spouses and children of any employees who may have passed away due to work-related injuries or illnesses.
How Our Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Can Help
Unfortunately, half of all injured worker claims are disputed by an insurer or employer.
When you work with Sokolove Law, we can determine whether the direct actions of your employer or the negligence of a third party played a role in your injuries, all while fighting for the compensation you deserve.
If you have a case, our workers’ compensation attorneys in Rhode Island will handle every step of the legal process for you, so you can focus on your health and well-being.
Below are the steps to filing a workplace injury claim in Rhode Island.
1. Contact Sokolove Law
At Sokolove Law, we provide free case reviews to determine if you may be eligible to file a Rhode Island workers’ compensation claim.
During this time, we’ll ask you a few questions about the circumstances surrounding your injury, so we can better understand the specifics of your situation.
2. We’ll Gather Evidence to Support Your Case
If you have a case, we’ll collect medical records, insurance claims, testimonies from experts, accident reports, and anything else needed to show that you have not been given enough workers’ compensation.
The evidence we collect will also help us determine who is at fault for your injury or illness. Workers’ compensation claims can be filed against employers, insurance companies, and third parties like property owners or contractors.
3. We'll File Your Rhode Island Workers' Comp Claim
Your Rhode Island workers’ comp lawsuit must be filed within the statute of limitations, which is a set of laws that limit how long you have to file a claim.
Once these deadlines pass, you won’t be able to file a claim or pursue compensation for your suffering ever again.
Call Sokolove Law as soon as possible at (800) 995-1212 in order to ensure your claim is filed on time.
4. We'll Negotiate a Rhode Island Workplace Injury Settlement
Our attorneys will try to negotiate a Rhode Island workers’ compensation settlement with the defendant(s), which may include your employer, their insurance company, or a third party responsible for your injuries.
Receiving compensation from a workers’ compensation lawsuit in Rhode Island can help with the cost of medical treatments and ease the financial strain of being unable to work.
If a settlement is unable to be reached, our workplace injury lawyers in RI are prepared to present your case in a trial and fight for a verdict on your behalf.
Our Past Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Settlements
At Sokolove Law, our attorneys have recovered over $9.1 Billion on behalf of our clients across the country, including many impacted by workplace injuries in Rhode Island.
Our past Rhode Island work injury lawsuit settlements include:
- $370,000 to a Central Falls worker who was denied benefits
- $328,000 for a man in Warwick who was injured on the job
- $180,000 to a Newport employee who filed for workers’ compensation
- $178,000 to a worker in Warwick who was injured and had to miss work
- $175,000 for a Cumberland woman who was hurt and left unable to work
- $150,000 for a Providence man who needed surgery and was denied workers’ comp benefits
Workers’ comp settlements are determined by a number of factors, including the severity of your injury, the extent to which another party’s negligence played a role in your injury, and lost wages.
While there's never a guarantee of compensation, our Rhode Island workplace injury attorneys will fight hard to get you everything you're entitled to.
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Let Our Workers’ Compensation Lawyers in Rhode Island Fight for You
At Sokolove Law, our workers’ compensation lawyers in Rhode Island are dedicated to holding those responsible for your suffering accountable.
Throughout the legal process, we’ll work to make things as stress-free as possible for you and your family.
Our team has already secured over $9.1 Billion for families across the country, including many in Rhode Island.
Additionally, our Rhode Island workplace injury attorneys don’t charge any upfront costs or hourly fees. We only get paid if you do, so there’s no financial risk to taking legal action.
Let us fight for the compensation you deserve. Call (800) 995-1212 or fill out our contact form now for a free case review.
Our Rhode Island Office Location
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Smithfield, RI 02917
Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Attorney FAQs
How does workers’ comp work in Rhode Island?
Following a work-related injury, you should file a claim with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. The company will investigate your claim to determine if they believe it’s eligible for a payout.
If your claim is approved, the insurance company will start paying benefits, including payments for medical expenses and lost wages. If your claim is denied, you’ll receive a written explanation detailing the reasons for the denial.
If you disagree with the benefits awarded or are denied, contact our team now. You may be able to file an appeal with the help of our Rhode Island workers’ compensation attorneys.
How much does workers’ comp pay in Rhode Island?
In Rhode Island, workers’ compensation pays for your medical bills and covers 62% of your weekly compensation rate after you’ve missed at least three days of work.
How long does it take to get workers’ compensation in Rhode Island?
In most instances, it should take just a few weeks to start receiving benefits after filing a workers’ compensation claim in Rhode Island.
However, if your claim is denied or you aren’t provided with adequate compensation, we can fight to get you the compensation you deserve as quickly as possible.
Call (800) 995-1212 now to find out if you may be eligible to take legal action.
Does Rhode Island workers’ compensation offer total disability benefits?
Yes. Total disability benefits may be awarded to workers who are unable to do any sort of work because of their work-related injury or illness. This workers’ compensation benefit will continue for the duration of an employee’s disability.
Can you be fired while on workers’ comp in Rhode Island?
Unless stated otherwise by your union or contact, employers in Rhode Island are not required to hold your position open for you while you’re out on workers’ compensation.
What determines Rhode Island workplace injury lawsuit settlements?
Rhode Island workplace injury lawsuit settlements are determined by:
- The severity of your injury
- Related medical expenses
- Lost wages from being unable to work
- The role of the defendant’s negligence in your injury
If you have a case, Rhode Island workplace injury attorneys at Sokolove Law will pursue the most compensation possible on your behalf.
Call (800) 995-1212 now to get started.
How much does a workers’ compensation attorney in Rhode Island charge?
At Sokolove Law, there are no hourly fees or out-of-pocket costs to work with our workplace injury attorneys in Rhode Island.
We work on a contingency-fee-basis, which means we only get paid if your case results in compensation.
What is the statute of limitations for workers’ comp in Rhode Island?
In Rhode Island, the statute of limitations for workers’ comp is typically 2 years after an injury. If your claim is not filed before this deadline, you won’t be able to take legal action for your injuries ever again.
Our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys in Rhode Island can gather evidence and file a claim on your behalf before it’s too late.
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Local Rhode Island Areas We Serve
While Sokolove Law helps people throughout the country, we provide our services to people across the entire state of Rhode Island as well.
Sokolove Law serves locations across Rhode Island, including:
- Central Falls
- East Greenwich
- East Providence
- Little Compton
- New Shoreham
- North Kingstown
- North Providence
- North Smithfield
- South Kingstown
- West Greenwich
- West Warwick
- And more
Rhode Island Zip Codes We Serve
As a national law firm, Sokolove Law can help families wherever they may be in the U.S., including across the state of Rhode Island.
Some of the zip codes we serve in Rhode Island include: