Aggressive Providence Workers’ Compensation Attorney Fights for Your Benefits
The Rhode Lawyer® knows Rhode Island’s workers’ comp system inside and out
If you have been injured on the job, it is likely to be one of the most challenging, stressful times in your life. Your workers’ comp benefits are critical for getting quality medical care and paying your bills, but too often, injured workers encounter obstacles securing their benefits. If you’re looking for assistance getting the benefits you need, look no further than the Law Offices of Lawrence J. Signore. We have knowledge and experience from every angle of the workers’ comp system. Having clerked for the Chief Judge of the Rhode Island Workers’ Compensation Court, Mr. Signore knows how judges look at workers’ comp issues. And having served as defense counsel for several insurance companies, Mr. Signore learned how insurers approach workers’ comp disputes. Armed with this knowledge, the Law Offices of Lawrence J. Signore focuses sharply on effective strategies for winning your appeal and getting you the benefits you deserve.
Your determined advocate for workers’ comp benefits in Rhode Island
As you focus on recovering from your work-related injury or illness, the Law Offices of Lawrence J. Signore will ease your burdens by pursuing every dollar available to help, including:
- Compensation benefits — These payments replace lost wages due to total disability or partial disability, which can be temporary or permanent. Weekly compensation is set at 75 percent of a worker’s spendable base wage.
- Medical treatment — Workers’ comp pays 100 percent of the costs for all reasonable and necessary medical treatment until a worker has reached maximum improvement.
- Disfigurement or loss of use — Workers receive compensation for permanent injuries, such as scarring, paralysis or amputation, even if the injury does not render them permanently disabled.
- Rehabilitation — 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 determined, aggressive Rhode Island workers’ compensation attorney on your side. We offer a free, no-risk consultation, and we will do our best for you.
Common workers’ compensation disputes in Rhode Island
Dealing with an insurance company on your own may be more than time-consuming and frustrating. It is a mistake many people regret for years to come. As soon as you possibly can, speak with a qualified lawyer you can trust to put your interests first. Common areas of dispute involving workers’ comp claims include:
- 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 is 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 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 — 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.
- Changing doctors — If you decide to change doctors, you must either 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.
- Returning to work — Controversies often 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.
Our knowledge and experience extend across the spectrum of serious injury and illness claims. Whatever your conflict, you can count on our absolute commitment throughout the appeals process.
Contact a dedicated workers’ comp attorney for skilled representation in Rhode Island
A denial of workers’ compensation benefits has far-reaching consequences for you and your family. Fortunately, you can trust the Law Offices of Lawrence J. Signore to pursue your appeal with the urgency it deserves. Call us today at 401-400-4102 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation in our Providence office, your home, or your hospital room. Nosotros hablamos español.