If you are injured on the job or suffer from an occupational disease, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. In addition to paying for your medical treatment, workers' comp can provide wage replacement, continuing education vouchers, and compensation for temporary and permanent disability.
Karns & Kerrison has more than 85 years of collective experience helping office workers, construction workers, longshore and harbor workers, and all other injured workers get the compensation and benefits they need to provide for their families and move forward with their lives. Our Rhode Island workers’ compensation lawyers can help you appeal a claim denial, challenge information contained in medical reports, negotiate with insurance companies, and fight to protect your rights in court. We can also help you understand the rules that govern whether you can choose your doctor.
Contact us online or call (888) 281-3100 to request a free, no-obligation consultation with our legal team today.
What Does Workers' Compensation Cover?
The amount and types of benefits that you are likely to receive from workers' compensation depend on the nature of your injury. In nearly all cases, you can expect that all medical costs related to your injury or work-related illness will be covered. Beyond that, numerous factors will govern what else you may be entitled to receive.
It may be possible to pursue disability benefits, both for temporary disability and permanent disability. These benefits are calculated based on your average weekly wage. The duration of these payments is dependent on whether the disability is defined as being "total" or "partial." Essentially, total disability means that you will be unable to return to work, either in your most recent position or in another type of position. Partial means that you are not totally disabled and you can return to some type of employment, typically at a lower-paying job.
Other possible benefits include compensation for disfigurement or "specific loss." If your accident resulted in scarring to the head, face or neck, you are likely eligible for these additional benefits. If an accident results in the loss of a limb, extremities, or bodily function, you may claim specific loss benefits. Our workers’ compensation attorneys in Rhode Island can thoroughly review all aspects of your claim to help ensure that you receive the full amount of benefits to which you are entitled.
Even if your work injury is covered under the state workers' compensation system, a claim against a third party allows you to pursue justice and compensation against third parties (people or entities other than your employer) that may have contributed to your accident or injury.
A third-party claim is a standard personal injury lawsuit that can be filed against any number of individuals or entities, including:
- Motor vehicle drivers who negligently caused a car, truck or motorcycle accident
- Manufacturers of dangerous or defective equipment, pharmaceuticals, and products
- Non-employer supervisors and project managers
- Outside vendors and contractors
Why You Need an Attorney for Your Workers’ Comp Claim
The available workers' compensation benefits in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are governed by statute. These laws are very specific and detailed, and it is important that you understand what you are entitled to so you receive all of the benefits you deserve. That is why retaining experienced legal counsel is so important.
At Karns & Kerrison, our attorneys have more than 85 years of collective experience representing injured victims and their family members. We understand how the workers' comp system works and how to get you the financial help you need.
Discuss your case with an experienced attorney from our firm; call (888) 281-3100 or submit an online contact form to get started with a free consultation.
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