If you have experienced a severe injury, you may be facing a long rehabilitation period or even permanent disability. You may also have to stop working, putting even more strain on you and your family.
Whether due to a motor vehicle collision, a slip-and-fall accident or medical malpractice, if another party’s negligence has caused you injury, you may be able to receive compensation to help you regain physical, financial and emotional stability.
From ambulance transport and emergency care to specialized surgical procedures, physical therapy and other follow-up treatments, even a relatively minor accident may lead to steep and ongoing medical bills. By pursuing a claim, you may be able to recoup expenses for both present and future health care costs related to your injury.
If your injury forced you to take time off work or leave your job, you may also be able to recover lost wages. Additionally, if you cannot return to the same type of work you performed before your injury, or can no longer work at all, you may receive compensation for future lost earnings potential.
Pain and suffering
In addition to physical discomfort, your injury may have a profound effect on your quality of life, including psychological trauma, alienation from loved ones and physical impairment that keeps you from activities you once enjoyed. For this reason, the law allows you to pursue compensation for both the emotional and physical suffering caused by your injury.
While the law may entitle you to an injury claim, timing is important. In Rhode Island, you must bring your claim within three years of the date of the incident to receive compensation.