Workers’ Compensation Attorney for Providence, RI Residents
The Rhode Lawyer® knows Rhode Island’s workers’ comp system inside and out. Lawrence J. Signore has practiced as a workers’ compensation attorney in Rhode Island for 15 years, where his experience has taught him the importance of fighting for his clients’ rights. If you need a workers’ compensation attorney you can trust, choose the Law Offices of Lawrence J. Signore.
Let the Experience of the Law Offices of Lawrence J. Signore Work For You
Being injured on the job can create unexpected stress and challenges. Your workers’ comp benefits are critical for getting quality medical care and paying your bills. Unfortunately, employers and insurance companies will sometimes try to deny paying you benefits. The Law Offices of Lawrence J. Signore can help. Our team’s knowledge and experience cover every angle of the workers’ comp system.
Mr. Signore began his career as a clerk for the Chief Judge of the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Court, so he has first-hand knowledge of how judges view workers’ comp issues. In addition, Mr. Signore has served as a defense counselor for several insurance companies, giving him an insider’s approach to overcoming their tactics for denying workers’ compensation claims. Armed with this knowledge, the Law Offices of Lawrence J. Signore focuses on effective strategies for your appeal and getting you the benefits you deserve.
Your Advocate for Workers’ Comp Benefits
As you focus on recovering from your work-related injury or illness, you shouldn’t have to worry about medical bills and mounting debt. Lawrence J. Signore will pursue benefits available to help ease your burdens.
These payments replace lost wages due to total or partial disability, which can be temporary or permanent. Weekly compensation is set at 75% of a worker’s spendable base wage.
Medical Treatment Benefits
Workers’ comp pays 100% of the costs for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment until a worker has reached maximum improvement.
Disfigurement or Loss of Use Benefits
Workers receive compensation for permanent injuries, such as scarring, paralysis, or amputation, even if the injury does not render them permanently disabled.
Injured workers who cannot return to their old jobs due to their injuries may qualify for rehabilitation and retraining.
Don’t put your well-being and future in the hands of an insurance company without having a dedicated workers’ compensation lawyer on your side. We offer a free, no-risk consultation.
Common Workers’ Compensation Disputes in Rhode Island
Trying to deal with an insurance company on your own can be frustrating, time-consuming, and costly. It is a mistake many people regret for years to come. The Law Offices of Lawrence J. Signore is well-experienced in a number of common claim areas, including:
- Denied Claims: Employers and insurance companies attempt to deny claims on several grounds, including assertions that the claimant is a contractor rather than an employee and therefore not eligible, the injury was not work related, or the injury was deliberate or the result of horseplay.
- Worker Did Not Give Employer Notice: You must notify your employer of the injury immediately upon realizing that an injury or illness is work-related. A delay that prevents your employer from investigating your injury can cost you your benefits.
- Course of Treatment and Choice of Doctor: Although Rhode Island law permits an injured worker to choose a treating physician, workers sometimes disagree with a doctor’s assessment and want a second opinion. Conflicts can arise when an insurance company objects that a physician’s treatment plan is not reasonable or necessary. In addition, if you choose to change doctors, you will need to choose from an approved list of providers or get written permission from the insurer.
- Medical Review: Workers who receive weekly incapacity benefits for 26 weeks must attend an examination to review their treatment plan and progress. An impartial medical examiner or healthcare review team then issues a report, which may impact your course of treatment and benefits.
- When to Return to Work: Controversy may arise when a treating physician clears a worker to return to the job before the worker feels he or she is ready, or when an employer refuses to allow light duty during the worker’s recovery.
- Disability Ratings and Settlements: Workers who suffer permanent disabilities need to be appropriately rated to receive a fair allocation of benefits. Often, disability ratings are too low for the worker’s loss of function. Workers also need assistance when insurance companies offer settlements for permanent disability awards, since those offers rarely reflect fair value for the disability.
Contact a Dedicated Workers’ Compensation Attorney for Skilled Representation in Rhode Island
A denial of workers’ compensation benefits can have far-reaching consequences for you and your family. Choose a workers’ compensation attorney you can trust to pursue your appeal with the urgency it deserves. Call the Law Offices of Lawrence J. Signore today at (401) 400-4102 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free consultation. We will meet you in our Providence office or in your home or hospital room. We also provide services for family law, DUI, and personal injury cases. Nosotros hablamos español.