Returning to Work or Finding Suitable Employment Following a Workers' Compensation Claim in Rhode Island

In Rhode Island, laws exist to protect injured workers who have restrictions or physical disabilities and are unable to return to their previous job. The vocational rehabilitation program provides job retraining services at no cost to injured workers to teach them new skills that can help them become employed. This program does not affect the amount of workers’ compensation benefits you receive.

You have the right to be reinstated to your former job for a period of up to a year following your injury or illness according to Rhode Island law. This right exists even if your employer terminated you from your previous position. If your previous job is no longer available, you have the right to be reinstated to another job that is open and available. If your place of employment closes, the insurance company is still obligated to cover your workers’ compensation benefits.

Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Benefits

Another type of benefit that workers are able to receive is Social Security disability. If you receive Social Security disability benefits, the amount you receive may be reduced while receiving workers’ compensation. If you receive workers’ compensation and are then awarded Social Security benefits, the amount of workers’ compensation will not be reduced, and you will continue to receive the full amount. Once your workers’ comp case is settled, your Social Security benefits may be recalculated.

How to Maximize Your Workers' Compensation Benefits in Rhode Island

Hiring an attorney who is experienced in both workers’ comp laws and unemployment compensation can help protect your legal rights and maximize your benefits.

An attorney can do the following to help with your case:

  • Determine the value of your claim and whether you qualify for both types of benefits
  • Gather necessary evidence to support the need for unemployment in addition to your workers’ compensation
  • Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf
  • Review proposed settlements
  • Help with your appeal if benefits are denied
  • 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.