When a work-related injury leaves you unable to work, you may be wondering how you’ll cover your medical bills and support your family. Unfortunately, employers and their insurance companies don’t always pay injured workers the full amount of benefits they’re owed. At Callaghan & Callaghan, we’re here to make sure you get the workers’ compensation you deserve.
We want to help you get the benefits you’re owed, so you can get back on your feet and back to work. Contact us today at (401) 294-4555
In Rhode Island, nearly all employers are required by law to provide their employees with workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits are in place to help cover the costs of medical bills, follow-up treatment, and lost wages resulting from injuries suffered while working.
Depending on the severity of your injury, you may be entitled to benefits such as:
- Temporary total disability: When an employee suffers a temporary total disability as a result of a work-related injury, the workers’ compensation insurance company must pay weekly benefits at a rate of 60 percent of the injured employee’s average weekly wages.
- Temporary partial disability: If an injured employee suffers a temporary partial disability, he or she may receive up to 60 percent of the difference between what was earned before the accident, and what was earned after the accident.
Both temporary partial disability and temporary total disability benefits are paid for a limited period of time.
- Permanent total or partial disability: If an employee’s disability is deemed permanent—whether total or partial—he or she may receive weekly benefits equal to two-thirds of his or her average weekly wages until death.
Calculating your potential benefits while trying to recover from your injuries can feel overwhelming, but our attorneys at Callaghan & Callaghan are here to help you get the best results. Just dial (401) 294-4555 now.
Common On-the-Job Injuries
Many employees don’t file for workers’ compensation benefits because they don’t think that their injuries qualify. Some common examples of on-the-job injuries that may be covered by workers’ compensation include:
- Overexertion from pulling, lifting, pushing, or carrying heavy objects
- Repetitive stress injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Injuries suffered in vehicle collisions while driving for work
- Slips and falls in hallways, stairways, or on a job site
- Injuries from assaults and altercations with other employees
- Illnesses resulting from workplace exposure to toxins or chemicals
Helping Injured Workers in Rhode Island
If your workers’ compensation claim was denied, it’s not too late to get the benefits you deserve. Rhode Island has specific laws designed to help injured workers appeal denied claims. Our attorneys will challenge the insurance companies and help you get the benefits you deserve.