An insurance adjuster may do the following to devalue your case, so you get the least amount of compensation:

  • Not tell you about the full benefits you are eligible to receive under workers’ compensation
  • Ask you for a statement, either recorded or signed, that can be used against your case
  • Ask you to sign a medical records release form
  • Advise you to not contact an attorney and to settle for the amount they are offering
  • Recommend you use a specific doctor they choose to handle your treatment and care. Their doctor may have a different opinion about when you can return to work.

How an Attorney Can Help With Your Case

Since a workers’ compensation settlement cannot be disputed once it is issued, it is important to have an attorney on your side who can represent you. An attorney can help you understand what you may be giving up before you agree to settle your case.

Keep in mind that once you agree to a workers’ comp settlement, it is final. You are no longer able to ask for additional benefits beyond what was in the settlement that you signed and agreed to. You will want to look for an attorney who is experienced with workers’ comp cases and can help you get the full amount possible for your claim.

An attorney can do the following to help with your workers’ compensation claim:

  • Gather the evidence needed to support your case
  • Negotiate with insurance companies
  • Determine the value of your claim and any benefit you may be entitled to under workers’ compensation
  • Review your settlement to determine if it is fair
  • Represent you if your case goes to court


Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.