Aggressive Workers' Compensation Attorneys Who Will Fight For Your Rights
You've most likely come to us because you were injured on the job and are finding it difficult to obtain Workers' Compensation payments to help you recover. The workers' compensation lawyers at The Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl know how hard it is to be laid up and unable to work. That's because each one of us has had loved ones who have been right where you are right now.
You've worked hard your whole life. Now, you've been injured on the job. Hire a tough, no-nonsense lawyer to go after your Workers' Compensation benefits so you can recover on every front possible. People in our area are hard-working, diligent and stoic. When hurt on the job, they may not seek medical attention or legal representation. We respect the courage and pride of Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts employees. But we also care about anyone who was injured in a workplace accident and want to do all we can to help them recover-physically, emotionally and financially. Helping workers heal and alleviating the strain that workplace injuries put on entire families is why we do the work we do.
Rhode Island and Massachusetts Workers Injured on the Job Deserve Work Comp Benefits
For nearly 100 years, Workers' Compensation coverage has been state law in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, requiring employers to provide injured workers with medical treatment, occupational therapy, vocational rehabilitation and cash payments required to help them recover from on-the-job injuries. Common workplace injuries in Providence, Fall River, Foxborough Foxborough and surrounding Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities range from construction accidents and government job repetitive stress injuries to longshoreman toxic exposure illnesses, healthcare worker lifting injuries and trucker work-related car accidents. We believe all hard-working RI/MA residents who are hurt at work deserve every penny they have coming to them from their employer's Workers' Compensation policy. Unfortunately, obtaining Work Comp payments can be a complicated, confusing process-but we can help.
I got injured at work. Now what?
If you’ve sustained a work-related injury or illness, seek immediate medical attention if you’re in need of emergency care. Otherwise, you should:
- Notify your supervisor or employer in writing that you’ve been injured and how it happened.
- Get checked out by a licensed medical professional as soon as possible. Tell the doctor you were hurt at work and follow their instructions for treatment and care. Do not miss any follow-up appointments and remember to keep track of all your doctor visits.
- Document your visible injuries with photographs and keep a written record of your injury, pain, and symptoms.
- File a workers’ compensation claim. While you are not required to hire an attorney to help you through the process, you should at least consider speaking with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to make sure you get all the benefits you’re entitled to. A worker’s comp attorney can also help if your claim has been denied and you want to file an appeal.
What benefits can I get from workers’ comp?
If you qualify for workers’ compensation, in most cases it will pay for:
- Your medical treatment and expenses, including ambulance costs, hospital bills, physical rehab, prescription medications, and travel expenses related to your care.
- A percentage of your lost wages while you’re out of work – typically two-thirds of your average weekly earnings.
- Permanent Partial Disability benefits.
- Vocational rehabilitation if you need to change jobs or your career due to your work injury/illness.
- Death benefits to a deceased worker’s dependents.
A good way to maximize the value of your claim and get all the benefits you deserve is to hire an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. At the Law Offices of Deborah G. Kohl, we fight for injured workers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including those in Fall River, Foxborough, and Providence.
How long do I have to file a workers’ comp claim in Massachusetts?
In Massachusetts, you must file a workers’ compensation claim within four years of the date you realized you sustained a work-related injury/illness. This is referred to as the statute of limitations. For cases involving the death of a worker, a claim must be filed within four years of the date of the worker’s death.
While most workers who sustain a work injury/illness report it to their employer right away, some work-related injuries/illnesses take a long time to manifest (e.g., repetitive motion injuries, cancer, etc.). That’s why there is such a lengthy deadline to file a claim.
How long do I have to file a workers’ comp claim in Rhode Island?
Under Rhode Island law, you have two years from the date you became aware of your work injury or illness to file a workers’ compensation claim. In most cases, if you miss this deadline your claim will automatically be denied, though there are some exceptions.
Denied Work Comp Benefits? Dismissive Boss? Intimidating Insurance Adjusters? Call Us!
Perhaps you've already filed a Workers' Comp application but your Workmans' Comp claim was denied. Maybe the employer-designated doctor that your boss sent you to didn't give you a chance to fully explain your work accident injury pain. Or your Work Comp insurance adjuster doesn't believe you were hurt at work and is refusing to award the compensation you need to recover. If it's a stress-related condition, such as heart attack at work, even you might be discounting it as unrelated to your job and don't know if it applies to Workers' Compensation insurance. Now is the time to call us for a comprehensive and knowledgeable legal assessment of your Work Comp case. We work hard for every client, handling everything from negotiating the reduction of medical bills to arranging vocational rehabilitation to fighting for lost wages.
Our firm can help you move your Workers' Compensation claim forward every step of the way. We can help you fill out the complex forms for filing claims and make sure they are sent to the right office before the deadline. Our attorneys can negotiate with insurance companies and adjusters. And if your claim for benefits is denied, we can build a strong case that proves your work injury and provide aggressive representation during the appeals process.
From Work Comp Appeal Hearings to Insurance Adjusters, We'll Fight For Your Rights
For three decades, we've been winning Massachusetts and Rhode Island Workers Compensation lawsuits, because we meticulously research each work injury, uncover vital evidence and build ironclad cases, one client at a time. If you are injured on the job and can't work for an extended period of time, you may also be eligible for lost wages and Social Security Disability benefits, which we will pursue for you as well. And if your work-related injury involved the negligence of someone other than your employer, we will file a third party claim on your behalf. There are many crucial reasons to hire a Work Comp attorney, and we represent every type of RI/MA worker.
Call one of our workers' compensation attorneys today at (508)677-4900 or contact us online for a free case evaluation. Every conversation is personalized and private, there is no obligation and you pay us nothing until you win your Workers' Comp case! We're the understanding, hard-working Rhode Island and Massachusetts Workers' Comp legal team you want on your side.