Workers across all industries are subject to injury, whether it be a repetitive motion type injury from long-term typing, illness from exposure to harmful substances, burns from handling hot coffee or food, or broken bones from slip and falls in the workplace. Certain industries, such as construction, pose more severe risks for workers that may even have catastrophic results.
If you were injured while at work, it’s likely that you’ll have to take time off to deal with your injuries and the resulting medical treatment. Workers’ compensation is one way to make up your lost income. However, not every injured worker is entitled to workers’ comp. If you were injured while at your place of work or while carrying out work-related duties, it’s wise to speak with a Cranston work injury attorney who can help you understand your options. At The Law Office of Joseph Lamy, we have extensive experience handling a wide variety of work injury claims. Our team can answer your questions, address your concerns, and help you make a plan to get back on your feet.
Get in touch with us today at (401) 228-7470 to schedule a free, initial case evaluation with our Cranston work injury lawyer.What Qualifies as a Work Injury in Rhode Island?
Generally speaking, a work injury is any injury sustained while performing work-related duties. While many of these situations happen in the workplace, it is not mandatory that your injury occurs at your place of work in order for you to have a work injury claim. For instance, if you were required to travel for work and were injured while doing so, you may have a claim.
While the possibilities are virtually endless and, therefore, impossible to completely cover, some of the most common examples of work injuries include:
- Construction site accidents
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Slip and fall accidents
- Burns, cuts, and abrasions
- Broken bones
- Mental harm/emotional distress
- Alcohol-related injuries (if alcohol was provided by your employer)
- Worsening of pre-existing conditions
- Agricultural accidents
Most employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. However, in order to qualify for workers’ comp, you must meet certain, strict criteria. Additionally, certain workers, such as nannies, seasonal workers, and others, may not be eligible for workers’ comp. In such instances, it’s important that you speak with a Cranston work injury attorney who can help.Let Our Firm Fight for You
The most common damages sustained in most work-related injuries are the cost of medical treatment for the injuries and lost income and/or wages, as injured individuals usually must take time off work to treat their injuries and heal. In some cases, you may not be able to return to your work at all. Depending on the nature and extent of your injuries, you may also suffer additional damages, such as ongoing medical treatment, multiple surgeries, catastrophic injury, physical rehabilitation therapy, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and more.
If you are seeking workers’ compensation or you believe you have a case to file a lawsuit against your employer, our team is here to help you fight for your rights. No employee should have to suffer injuries while performing his or her work duties. Let our Rhode Island work injury lawyer help you fight for the just recovery you deserve.
Injured at work? Contact our office at (401) 228-7470 to get started with a no-cost consultation today.