Personal Injury

Personal Injury


Personal Injury cases include any injury or death that is caused by the fault of another person. These cases are also called negligence cases because they involve injury or death caused by the negligence, or fault, of another person. Gary Levine has successfully represented injury victims in all types of personal injury cases including:
Personal Injury

Compensation for Your Injury

In all personal injury cases, you are legally entitled to compensation for all of your past and future lost wages and benefits from your job, all past and future medical expenses and other expenses related to your injury, and additional money for your past and future pain and suffering including scarring and permanent loss of use of a body part. The amount of compensation for pain and suffering depends on the severity of your injury, how it affected your life, how long you suffered pain or discomfort, and whether your injury is permanent. You can receive compensation even if your injury was partly your fault. 

Claim of a Spouse

Accidents often have negative effects on a marriage. Spouses also suffer when an accident victim is injured. In these cases, your spouse can also receive compensation for the impact of your injury on the marriage. This is called a loss of consortium claim which essentially means the disruption in your marriage resulting from the injury that caused a loss of companionship, comfort, intimacy.

Investigation and Proof

Investigation of personal injury cases is often the key to a successful result. It is very important to conduct an investigation as soon as possible to ensure a full recovery on the claim. This involves obtaining statements from witnesses, photographing and measuring the accident scene and the vehicles or equipment involved in the accident, and preserving physical evidence.

Gary Levine works with experienced investigators and a variety of experts in accident reconstruction, construction, and property maintenance to prove fault as well as economic experts to prove future lost wages and benefits, and medical experts to prove the severity of an injury and that an injury was caused or aggravated by the accident.

Types of Accidents & Claims

Construction Site Accidents
The causes of construction site accidents are numerous. Examples include:
  • defective equipment
  • improper construction methods
  • inadequate safety inspections
  • inadequate supervision
  • falls from scaffolds
  • ladder injuries
  • collapsing floors
  • poor housekeeping
construction site
Under Rhode Island law, the ultimate responsibility for overall work site safety is on the owner and general contractor for the project. This allows you to make a negligence claim against an owner and general contractor in addition to your workers’ compensation claim even if your injury was the fault of your employer. You can also make a negligence claim against any sub-contractor (other than your employer) who was at fault in causing your injury. You can make a claim even if the accident was partly your fault. 

Construction accident cases require extensive investigation into the cause of the accident to prove fault and to identify the different sub-contractors who may be liable for your injury in addition to the owner or general contractor for the project. Every case is unique and Gary Levine works with a variety of experts in the construction field specific to each case to investigate and prove fault so his clients can obtain the compensation they deserve.

Premises Liability Claims
These claims are also commonly referred to as slip and fall claims. In Rhode Island, business and property owners are legally required to make sure their property is safe and to warn people of any unsafe conditions. If you were injured because of poorly maintained property, you may have a claim for your injury. Examples can include:
premises liability claims
  • icy areas
  • slippery floors
  • broken walkways
  • poorly maintained staircases
  • poorly maintained porches
  • poor lighting
  • poorly shelved merchandise
  • structural defects 
  • toxic chemical exposure
  • failure to warn of a dangerous condition
A business or property owner is liable for your injury if you were injured due to a defective condition on the property (like the examples above) that the owner knew about, or should have known about, and failed to correct it or provide a warning that the defect existed. 

Gary Levine works with experienced investigators and a variety of experts in accident reconstruction, construction, and property maintenance to prove fault as well as economic experts to prove future lost wages and benefits, and medical experts to prove the severity of an injury and that an injury was caused or aggravated by the accident.

Dog Bite Claims
Rhode Island law provides “strict liability” against dog owners. “Strict liability” means that an owner or keeper of a dog is liable for any bite that occurs when the dog is outside of its “enclosure”. You don’t have to prove that the owner was negligent. An “enclosure” is not necessarily a fenced off area. An “enclosure” is any area that would give notice to anyone that they may be entering property where a dog is present. 
dog bite claims
Even if a bite does not occur outside of the dog’s “enclosure”, you can still make a claim for your injury if you can prove that the owner was negligent. If a dog has attacked outside of its enclosure before, then you are entitled to double compensation for your injury. 
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