At Marasco & Nesselbush, Rhode Island’s premier and trusted personal injury law firm, clients are our priority. The firm’s experienced Rhode Island injury attorneys understand the importance of financial stability after an on the job injury accident, and are committed to obtaining that stability for each and every client through skilled and effective legal representation.
Many occupations present hazards that may endanger the health and well-being of workers, which is why it is important that all workplaces take the proper safety measures to avoid any worksite injuries or fatal accidents. Rhode Island employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for the purpose of giving injured workers financial security during their recovery, but, oftentimes, claims are denied or the benefits inadequate. There are often "third party" actions which may provide more complete remedies to injured workers. An injured worker is well advised to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney before filing for benefits.
Types of Workplace Accidents
There are many different types of occupations, and, as such, there are many different types of incidents that may occur at the workplace, including:
- Machinery accidents;
- Electrical accidents;
- Equipment/tool mishaps;
- Defective tool accidents;
- Burn injury accidents;
- Asbestos exposure;
- Chemical exposure/accidents;
- Carbon monoxide poisoning;
- Slip and fall accidents; and
- Scaffold accidents.
Causes of On the Job Injuries
Employers, supervisors, contractors, land owners and sub-contractors have a duty to take appropriate safety precautions and provide any necessary safety equipment, not to mention provide good quality tools and machinery. Unfortunately, there are many circumstances under which an accident can occur.
Common causes of workplace injury and illness include:
- Lack of safety protocols;
- Human error;
- Defective products;
- Insufficient training;
- Poor quality/ incorrect tools;
- Insufficient supervision;
- Poor maintenance; and
- Equipment/machinery malfunction.
Jobsite Injury Liability
In Rhode Island, under most circumstances a worker who files a workers’ compensation claim may not sue their employer for negligence. The workers’ compensation system is in place to cover medical expenses and a portion of lost wages regardless of fault in the accident. However, an injured worker may hold third parties, such as contractors, sub-contractors, land owners, negligent drivers, and/or equipment manufacturers, civilly liable for any negligence on their part.
Getting Back to Work
Most people cannot afford to be out of work for an extended period of time, even if it is necessary for recovery after a work injury or illness. The dedicated Rhode Island personal injury attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush are committed to obtaining extraordinary results for every client. If you have sustained a jobsite illness or injury in Rhode Island, please contact our attorneys today for a free consultation at (401) 274-7400, or fill out a web contact form.
Recent Work Injury Case Results
- $275,000 settlement - On behalf of worker who sustained fracture at work due to faulty design and maintenance of workplace
- $135,000 recovery - For fisherman who sustained knee injury on employer’s vessel due to negligent maintenance case; hinged on lack of seaworthiness claim pursuant to federal maritime law
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