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Rhode Island Workers Compensation Benefits

Workers compensation employee benefit information for the State of Rhode Island

Rhode Island Workers Compensation Medical Benefits -

  • Medical benefits for injured Rhode Island workers are paid without regard to length of disability or amount of cost. However there are Palliative Care limits: After maximum medical improvement has been reached, treatment to alleviate the effects of the injury is limited to twelve visits or care rendered within 60 days, whichever comes first. Any additional palliative care must receive prior approval from the insurer.

Who Chooses the Physician for Injured Workers in Rhode Island -

  • The injured Rhode Island worker may choose the first medical care provider. Treatment at an emergency room after an accident or by a company physician does not count as the first medical care provider. The first care provider may refer the injured Rhode Island worker to a specialist without prior approval from the insurer. No matter who the treating physician is, the injured worker is are entitled to receive a report from him or her within ten days of each visit.

Rhode Island Workers Compensation Disability Benefits -

  • Temporary Total Disability (TTD) Benefits:
    • If an injured Rhode Island worker is incapacitated for at least three (3) consecutive days from earning full wages and incapable of gainful employment at comparable wages, compensation benefits may begin on the fourth day from the date of injury.
    • An Injured worker is paid 75% of their spendable earnings.
    • There is no weekly payment minimum.
    • The weekly maximum payment is $908, 110% of the Rhode Island state average weekly wage.
    • Maximum period of payments is the length of disability. An additional benefit of $15 is paid for each dependent however the maximum benefit payable is not to exceed 80% of the injured workers average weekly wage.

  • Permanent Total Disability (PTD) Benefits:
    • An Injured worker is paid 75% of their spendable earnings.
    • There is no weekly payment minimum.
    • The weekly maximum payment is $908, 110% of the Rhode Island state average weekly wage.
    • Maximum period of payments is the length of disability. An additional benefit of $15 is paid for each dependent however the maximum benefit payable is not to exceed 80% of the injured workers average weekly wage.

  • Permanent Partial Disability (PPD) Benefits:
    • An Injured worker is paid 75% of their spendable earnings.
    • There is no weekly payment minimum.
    • For scheduled injury the maximum payment is $90.
    • For non-scheduled injury the maximum payment is $908 which is 110% of the Rhode Island state average weekly wage.
    • Note:
      • Non-scheduled injuries have a maximum period of payments of 312 weeks.
      • Non-scheduled injuries maximum amount is $283,296.
      • Also, when an injured worker is unable to find suitable work and their employer is unable to provide work or show that work is available somewhere else then total incapacitated benefits are paid.


Rhode Island Workers Death/Dependency Benefits -

  • Rhode Island rules allow dependents of employees who suffer a work-related fatality to also receive benefits.


Rhode Island workers Compensation Attorney Fees -

  • Attorney's fees are assigned on an individual case by case basis.

More specific workers compensation employee benefit information for this state can be found by following the link below. It will take you directly to the state web page containing employee's workers compensation rights and benefits:

http://www.dlt.ri.gov/wc/



Important Notice Please Read: All information on this page is provided only as a reference. While we strive to mantain accurate information on this site please realize workers compensation laws are complicated and subject to change at any time. If you need help with a workers compensation problem or have a specific situation or question please contact our office. Otherwise please consult your states governing authority or an attorney in your state of residency for assistance.


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