Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum When You Need Workers' Compensation

If you’ve suffered a job-related injury, you may wonder if you have a workers’ compensation case. To ensure that you navigate what can be a complicated claims process, it’s important to hire legal representation to help file your claim. If filed properly and on time, your worker’s comp claim may provide financial support for lost wages, medical expenses, and disability benefits.

If you’ve been hurt at work, talk to the experienced workers’ comp lawyers at Kirshenbaum & Kirshenbaum. Contact us online, or call our Warwick office at 401-946-3200 to schedule your free consultation. Our attorneys help employees injured at work in Providence, Warwick, and all areas of Rhode Island.

Rhode Island workers’ compensation was created to give employees instant access to medical and wage loss benefits after an injury on the job. In exchange for these benefits, employers cannot be sued for causing an injury. However, if the accident was caused by someone other than the employer, the injured worker may be able to collect payment for the accident through worker’s compensation and a third-party work injury claim. Third-party liability for work injuries

How an Attorney Can Help With a Third-Party Work Injury Claim

Third-party work injuries involve negligence on the part of someone other than the employee or the employer. An attorney can be invaluable in your work injury claim by:

Identifying a likely third party.

Many victims do not realize that their accident was caused by a third party, and even fewer know that they could be eligible to file a lawsuit. There are many different parties that can be held liable for work injuries, including outside contractors, maintenance or loading companies, manufacturers of faulty equipment or toxic chemicals, or the owner of a hazardous property.

Estimating the amount of damages.

Unlike workers’ compensation claims, there are no limits on the kinds and extent of damages that may be collected in a third-party case. Employees may seek payment for medical bills, permanent disability, property losses (such as the loss of a vehicle in a crash on the job), out-of-pocket expenses, psychological trauma, punitive damages, and pain and suffering.

Negotiating with the worker’s compensation insurer.

If you file a third-party claim for your work injury, the insurance company that provided your worker’s compensation benefits is allowed to be paid back some of all of what it paid for your claim. This is called subrogation, and is a way for workers’ compensation insurers to recoup their payment for medical bills, vocational training, and wage losses from the third party that caused your injury. An attorney can negotiate with a worker’s compensation insurer on your behalf, adding weight to your third-party claim.

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.


Robyn K. Factor
Helping Rhode Island personal injury and work injury clients get the results they deserve since 1994.