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Rhode Island Personal Injury Attorneys

Representing the Wrongfully Injured from Offices in Providence & Middletown

Since 1974, Karns & Kerrison has been serving injured individuals and families throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts, providing personalized legal services for victims of negligence.

Our Rhode Island personal injury attorneys in Providence have more than 85 years of combined legal experience, as well as the skills, resources, and in-depth knowledge of state and federal laws to help you navigate the legal system.

We are a family firm in Providence and Middletown that focuses on serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, including those involving traumatic brain injury, vehicle accidents, product liability, and more.

We understand the devastating and far-reaching impact of severe, life-altering injuries; that is why we provide compassionate and tireless advocacy for our clients. Throughout our decades in practice, we have successfully recovered over $250 million on behalf of our clients.

If you or your loved one has been injured in a serious accident, contact our Rhode Island personal injury attorneys in Providence at (888) 281-3100 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.

Awards & Affiliations

  • American Association for Justice
    As members of the AAJ, we are committed to promoting a fair, effective justice system that allows for victims of misconduct or negligence to obtain the justice they deserve.
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice
    Members of the Rhode Island Association for Justice follow the organization’s mission: Working together to ensure equality.
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
    The Rhode Island Bar Association has been working to uphold and protect federal and state laws since 1898, with an emphasis on maintaining a democratic government and honoring the justice system.
  • DC Bar
    Membership with the DC Bar provides us with access to legal research materials, professional service providers, and more that can be used for the benefit of our clients.
  • Super Lawyers
    Only 2.5% of attorneys in a given state are selected for inclusion on the Rising Stars® list. Members must be aged 40 or younger, or be in practice for 10 years or less.
  • Distinguished Martindale Hubbell
    Distinguished® attorneys are peer-review rated and selected based on their honorable professional achievements.
  • Brain Injury Association
    Our work with the Brain Injury Association of Rhode Island is designed to provide information and services to survivors.
  • Brain Association of America
    As members of the Brain Injury Association of America, we are the voice of awareness, and we are here to help survivors.
  • Expertise Best Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Southern New England Brain Injury Law Center
    Southern New England Brain Injury Law Center
    This is a society of multidisciplinary brain injury professionals who come together to discuss issues concerning brain injury and bring the science behind brain injuries into practice.
  • Melvin M Belli
    Lawyers are initiated into the Melvin M. Belli society by invitation-only and are considered to be distinguished trial lawyers.

Seeking Justice For You

At Karns & Kerrison, our goal is to help victims of negligence fight for justice and fair recovery. We focus our practice on personal injury and wrongful death claims, but we also provide sound legal counsel for other injury-related claims such as workers’ compensation and Social Security Disability.

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Our Past Clients Share Their Experiences
  • Car Accident Traumatic Brain Injury I would definitely recommend Karns & Kerrison to anyone who asked - they come through for you.

    - Patricia Feeley

  • Slipped on Greasy Floor I have no reservations whatsoever in recommending Karns & Kerrison.

    - Mike Carey

  • Rear End Collision Nothing but positive results from consultation, to filing the legal suit, handling of a major operation, to recovery and finalizing a generous settlement.

    - Larry Goldfarb

  • Horrible Car Accident They not only got me a fair settlement, they helped to get me well.

    - Nancy

  • Motor Vehicle Accident - Braga Bridge It was comforting to know I had someone watching out for me.

    - Jeanie Small

  • Pedestrian hit by Car I did not know where to turn when I realized I needed legal help but I am very happy that I found Karns & Kerrison.

    - Martin

  • Robert T. Karns
    Founding Attorney

    Robert T. Karns

    Robert T. Karns has over 38 years of legal experience, and he has a very successful record in getting great results for his injured clients in multiple areas of personal injury cases with different types of injuries. He was recently inducted as a Top 99 Truck Accident Lawyer in the U.S. by the Truck Accident Attorney's Roundtable.

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  • Joshua R. Karns

    Joshua R. Karns

    Joshua Karns represents people throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts who have been injured as a result of the negligence of others. He also has extensive experience helping people file for Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

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  • Rachel Karns Kerrison

    Rachel Karns Kerrison

    Rachel thoroughly enjoys getting to know each client and spends time familiarizing herself with her clients' medical needs. Additionally, Rachel understands how important her Social Security Disability claims are and that most need to be approved to have the financial support to be able to afford the basic necessities for life.

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  • Jude Evan Kerrison

    Jude Evan Kerrison

    Jude is a patient, dedicated and thorough attorney who takes the time to explain the workers' compensation process, and works with his clients to achieve the best outcome for his clients and their families.

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  • Sarah Karns Burman

    Sarah Karns Burman

    Sarah practices personal injury law on a contingency fee basis and there is no fee unless successful. She has been practicing in Rhode Island alongside her father since being sworn into the Rhode Island Bar in 2004. Sarah has routinely and successfully handled car accident cases from single to multiple-car pileups, and has experience handling cases

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • If I Suffer An Injury, What Should I Do?

    Depending on the degree of injury, gather as much information as you can. If an auto accident occurs, make certain the police have been called and that you find out how to obtain a copy of the police report. Make sure you get the names of all parties involved and witnesses. If you have a cell phone, take pictures of all the vehicles involved. For any type of injury case, attempt to ascertain all the facts that you can, including where the injury occurred, all the parties involved, and any witnesses. If your injury is serious, make certain that an ambulance has been contacted. Whether or not you go by ambulance to the hospital, seek immediate medical care at a hospital, medical walk-in, or your physician if you are injured.

  • How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost?

    Personal injury lawyers, including those at our law firm, do not charge for representing the injured victim on a personal injury case unless they are successful. The amount that is paid is a percentage of the recovery. You receive no bill for services as the case progresses and at the end of the case, the law firm is paid a percentage only. In addition, Karns & Kerrison does not ask for reimbursement of expenses unless we are successful. Expenses will then be paid out of the settlement, including the cost of obtaining medical records and bills, as well as any other expenses incidental to the case.

  • How Long Will My Personal Injury Case Take?

    This answer depends greatly on the degree of your injury and damages, including how long your medical treatment continues, if working; how long you will be out of work; and how long it will take to get the doctor’s opinion as to the degree and permanency of your injury. In addition, if there are complications regarding who was at fault or the relationship of your injuries to the accident, your case may be prolonged. Usually, a simple case without a lot of complications can take one to one-and-a-half years. A more complex case can take up to three years or longer.

  • Should I Document What I Am Going Through?

    It is very important to keep a diary of what your injuries are and what pain you are suffering. It is also important to keep a list of expenses, including your mileage for going to doctors and therapists, and more. It is also important to document the time you were out of work. In general, it is important to document the interruption in your lifestyle, including the inability to do sports or other personal and social activities you miss out on. Keeping a diary or list of all of these facts is very important when proving the damages in your case.

  • What Can I Claim For Compensation or Damages?

    There are many damages that can be collected from a personal injury case, including the following:

    • Medical bills for treatment you have had;
    • Medical bills you can reasonably expect in the future;
    • Payment for permanent injuries;
    • Pain and suffering;
    • Lost earnings;
    • Emotional distress and resulting mental disabilities, including anxiety and depression;
    • Loss of personal, social, and athletic activities;
    • If a family member is affected by your injuries;
    • Property damage;
    • Out-of-pocket expenses, including transportation charges and other things if you must pay to have them done around your house, such as housecleaning or maintenance.

    The above is a listing of some of the damages that can be collected. Certainly, in some cases, there may be others.

  • Will I Have To Go To Court?

    Often times, cases can be settled without filing a lawsuit, getting into litigation and certainly without going to court. However, note that if the case will take longer than three years due to complications, it is important to put the case into a lawsuit as there are statutes of limitations that limit the length of time you can pursue your case without it being placed into a lawsuit. In addition, if there are other obvious complications, including who was at fault or the relationship of your injuries to the accident, then the case should be placed into a lawsuit so that your lawyer can use the litigation to prove who was at fault and what injuries are related to the accident.

  • How Long Do I Have to File a Personal Injury Claim?

    According to Title 9, Ch. 1, Sec. 9-1-14, Rhode Island has a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases. This means you have three years from the date your accident occurred to file a claim before your lose your right to do so. It is important to note that this law does have exceptions that can change the time you have to file so it’s important to speak to an experienced attorney as soon as possible e about the specifics of your case .According to Title 9, Ch. 1, Sec. 9-1-14, Rhode Island has a three-year statute of limitations for personal injury cases. This means you have three years from the date your accident occurred to file a claim before your lose your right to do so. It is important to note that this law does have exceptions that can change the time you have to file so it’s important to speak to an experienced Rhode Island personal injury lawyer as soon as possible e about the specifics of your case.

Schedule A Free Consultation

If you or your loved one suffered severe, life-altering injuries due to someone else’s negligence, we are here to help you fight for justice. For answers to your questions or to schedule a free consultation, contact our personal injury team at (888) 281-3100. We offer our legal services on a contingency fee basis, meaning you only pay attorneys’ fees after we have recovered compensation on your behalf.

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