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Are you eligible for compensation?

On Behalf of | Jul 9, 2024 | Workers' Compensation

Accidents can happen on construction sites, where workers face various hazards daily. Injuries may still occur despite safety measures, affecting workers’ health and livelihood. Understanding who is eligible for workers’ compensation is crucial for those working in high-risk environments.

To claim workers’ compensation in Rhode Island, you must meet specific criteria:

  • Employment status: You must be an employee (full-time or part-time) rather than an independent contractor.
  • Work-related injury: The injury or illness must arise out of and during employment.
  • Timely reporting: You should report the injury to your employer immediately, but you have up to 30 days to do so.
  • Medical treatment: You must seek medical treatment and notify the healthcare provider that the injury is work-related. You are allowed to choose your doctor for treatment.

Meeting these criteria helps ensure that you can claim workers’ compensation benefits. Knowing your eligibility is the first step toward securing the support you need after an injury.

How to claim for worker’s compensation

You must report your injury to your employer immediately. Ensure you document all incident details, including time, place, and potential witnesses. It is also essential to seek medical attention as soon as you can. Inform your employer and the workers’ compensation insurance carrier of your chosen healthcare provider.

What if your claim gets denied?

If your claim gets denied, you can file for an appeal. If you continue to encounter difficulties or have questions during this process, you may want to seek a legal professional to help you navigate the complexities of workers’ compensation claims and ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.

Understanding your eligibility and claiming workers’ compensation is vital to protecting your rights and well-being after a workplace injury. Take action promptly and seek professional guidance if needed to secure your future.