It is understandable that you want your workers’ compensation benefits to cover as much of your injury recovery as possible. Under Rhode Island workers' compensation laws, you may be entitled to receive benefits for a few weeks, several years, or the rest of your life depending on the type and extent of your injury.
Your Injury Determines Your Workers’ Compensation Benefit Period
When you file for workers’ compensation, the category of your payments and the amount you receive will change as your injury progresses. In the first phase of your workers’ compensation, you will receive payments for temporary total disability (TTD). You are considered completely unable to work during your recovery, but benefits will end once your doctor clears you to return to work.
However, if you reach maximum medical improvement but still cannot work due to complications from the injury, your benefits may continue as:
Scheduled permanent disability.
If your injury is listed on the state workers’ compensation injury schedule, you are entitled to two-thirds of your average weekly wages for the number of weeks corresponding to the injury.
Non-scheduled permanent disability.
If your injury is not listed on the state workers’ compensation injury schedule, you may collect a percentage of your average weekly wages for up to 312 weeks. If your injury involves permanent disfigurement, your benefits may continue for up to 500 weeks.
Total permanent disability.
If your injury has left you permanently and completely unable to work, you may be entitled to permanent total disability (PTD) benefits. These benefits continue indefinitely as long as you continue to meet the disability qualifications. However, you will likely need a lawyer to prove the extent of your injuries and how they prevent you from earning a living.
Have You Been Injured On The Job In Rhode Island?
If you've been hurt at work you need to speak with an experienced workers' compensation lawyer as soon as possible. Please contact us online or call our Warwick office directly at 401.946.3200 to schedule your free consultation. We help work injury victims in Providence, Warwick and all areas of Rhode Island.