Workers’ compensation is a type of no fault insurance to provide medical expenses and lost wages to employees who are injured while working. Employers are required to have workers’ compensation insurance to cover these benefits.
In Rhode Island, the Division of Workers’ Compensation monitors the workers’ compensation syste. Through the Rhode Island Division of Workers’ Compensation website, you can find coverage, file a claim, access the Donley Rehabilitation Center (which provides physical and vocational rehabilitation services for injured workers), report fraud, report an employer without coverage, find medical fees, and more. There are also links to the Workers’ Compensation Court, the Medical Advisory Board, and the Department of Business Regulations, all of which are involved with workers compensation.
According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,002,700 total recordable cases of nonfatal work-related injuries and illnesses in the United States in 2007. There were 5,657 fatal work-related injuries in 2007 nationwide.