I’ve Been Injured in a Car Accident in Rhode Island. What Should I Do Now?

Being involved in a car accident is alarming for more than one reason. Not only have you suffered a traumatic event, but the aftermath of a car accident can be confusing. You are hurt, vulnerable, and trying to navigate your way through an often-complex insurance claim system with no clear direction. Insurance adjusters may seem friendly over that phone and act like they want to help, but are they really putting your best interests first?

At the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD., the number one question we hear from victims of car accidents is, “what am I supposed to do now?” It is a fair question. There is no one guiding you through the process of filing an insurance claim, no one giving you advice on what to do if you’ve been hurt by a negligent driver, and no one looking out for you when the medical bills start rolling in, and you’ve missed work due to your injuries.

The attorneys with the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. want you to know that step one following a car accident in Rhode Island should be to contact an experienced car accident lawyer. An experienced attorney will be able to guide you through the post-car accident process and help you get the full compensation you deserve for your injuries. You may not have all the answers after a car accident, and that’s okay. Turning to someone who can give you the legal advice you need is the most important step you can take. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Rhode Island, contact us by calling (401) 444-4444 for help.

Steps to Take Following a Car Accident 

A car accident is a stressful event. From the moment you realize a collision is going to take place, the adrenaline starts to course through your veins. You are no doubt frightened and anxious and in pain; however, the next steps you take can make a significant impact on your health as well as the strength of your insurance claim or lawsuit. It is important to take a few calming breaths and try to clear your head. Next, try to follow these helpful suggestions:

  • Call law enforcement or 911: If you or anyone else has been seriously injured, call for emergency services immediately. Your health and safety are the number one priority. Law enforcement can also secure the scene and make a report about the accident that may help you down the line.
  • Collect contact information: Make sure to take down all the important information from the other driver, such as name, driver’s license information, car insurance information, and license plate numbers. It is also extremely helpful to gather the contact information of any witnesses to the accident.
  • Document everything: If you are physically able, make sure you take pictures of the damage to the cars, debris from the accident, any skid marks that may be present, or damage to the surrounding area. Try to get as many different angles as you can.
  • Report the accident: Drivers involved in an accident that results in injury or death, or causes damage to a vehicle that makes it incapable of normal and safe operation, must report the accident to the Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles within 21 days.
  • Contact your insurance provider: Give only the basic information about the accident to your insurance provider. Facts only.
  • Avoid social media: Do not post about your accident or injuries on any social media platform.
  • Contact an attorney: Getting an attorney on your side immediately is the best way to secure crucial evidence and negotiate a fair settlement for compensation.

Rhode Island Car Accident Laws 

Drivers need to understand that Rhode Island is a “fault” car accident state. That means that the person who is at-fault for causing the accident bears the responsibility for any resulting damage. Living in an at-fault state gives drivers involved in serious car accidents a range of options for recovering compensation after an accident. A driver may pursue compensation in the following ways:

  • Filing a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance company
  • Filing a claim with their own insurance company
  • Filing a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault driver

Many people assume they only need an attorney if they want to take the other driver to court. That is incorrect. An attorney can gather evidence to help strengthen your claim and negotiate on your behalf with the insurance company. Insurance companies may take advantage of the fact that you are in a vulnerable physical and financial situation. Having a lawyer working with you means you have the benefit of a strong negotiator who can work to get you the maximum compensation you deserve. In the event an insurance company doesn’t want to negotiate in good faith, an attorney can take the at-fault party to court.

Rhode Island is also considered a “pure comparative negligence” state. So, any driver has the ability to recover damages from an accident; however, their damages will be reduced according to their share of negligence in causing the accident. If you are in an accident and it is deemed you were 20 percent to blame for the crash, you are entitled to collect the total amount of damages calculated minus 20 percent. Even if a driver is found to be mostly at-fault for an accident, they can still recover damages. However, that driver or their insurance company is still on the hook for the other parties’ losses. 

Find Out More About Your Rights Today

If you or someone you care about has been injured in a car accident, it is important to talk to an attorney about recovering financial compensation for your losses. A skilled attorney is a valuable asset that can help you get the damages you are entitled to. If you want more information about your legal options following a car accident in Rhode Island, give the legal team at the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. a call at (401) 444-4444. We want to help you get the compensation you deserve.

Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Expands Legal Services in Connecticut

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (September 9, 2020) — The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini is excited to announce R. Jason Resmini, Esq. is now licensed to practice law in Connecticut, enabling the firm to offer its decades of legal experience to even more people in the state.

Resmini joins his brother, Andrew O. Resmini, who is also licensed in Connecticut.
“We are thrilled to have two experienced lawyers ready to provide superior representation for those who need our help,” said Ronald J. Resmini, Founder of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini. “I am confident both Jason and Andrew will serve the people of Connecticut with grit and integrity.”

Concentrating in civil litigation and entertainment law, Jason Resmini has been selected to the prestigious “Super Lawyers Rising Stars” list of top attorneys in Massachusetts for eight years running. Already licensed in Massachusetts and New York, he’s now excited to be able to lend his experience to the people of Connecticut.

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“We are very close to many of the people in our neighboring state and want to provide services for those who want excellent representation from a trusted name,” said Resmini. “I am looking forward to helping our friends over the border achieve the justice they deserve.”

About The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD.
The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini is a personal injury law firm serving all of Rhode Island and Massachusetts with offices in Providence, R.I., Fall River, Mass., and Seekonk, Mass. Mr. Resmini, who founded the firm 50 years ago, is nationally recognized for his expertise in uninsured motorist cases and has authored more than twenty RI Law Institute handbooks on Personal Injury Law, Product Liability, Trial and Settlement Practice, Domestic Relations, and other litigation topics.

For more information, please contact us online or call 401.444.4444.

Law Offices of Ronald J Resmini, LTD. attorneys selected to Super Lawyers 2020

Members of the Law Offices of Ronald J Resmini, LTD. were selected to the prestigious “Super Lawyers” for 2020 Super Lawyers list of top Attorneys in Rhode Island. Partners Jason, Adam, and Andrew were selected to the highly prestigious “Rising Stars” list of top Attorneys in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. *While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list. This will also be in Rhode Island Monthly, this month.

THE RISING STARS SELECTION PROCESS

The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. All attorneys first go through the Super Lawyers selection process. Those who are not selected to the Super Lawyers list, but who meet either one of the Rising Stars eligibility requirements, go through the Rising Stars selection process. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

Covid-19 Update

The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. is taking a safe but proactive approach to the Coronavirus situation in our law practice. We are working every day to represent our clients. At the same time, we are following best practices to protect the health of our employees and our clients.

All of our employees understand that they should not be working if they are sick, and in particular, that they should not be at our office while sick.

To further protect our employees and our clients we are encouraging meetings by phone, FaceTime, Skype or similar means. We have represented clients from out of state for many years. Our clients often prefer this to traveling to our office.

We are also working with opposing counsel, to arrange court appearances, settlement conferences, and other litigation events remotely whenever possible.

Your phone calls will be returned. Your emails will be answered. Your case deadlines will be met.

The days ahead may be a challenge. But we will continue to work to take care of our client’s cases and to take on new matters and clients. We will simply manage your case in less traditional, more technology-driven ways, that are safer for your health and ours. Please stay healthy and contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding your case or a new matter for us to consider.

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Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Expand Legal Team with Addition of Attorney Charles Garabedian

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Oct. 3, 2019) — The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Charles Garabedian to its law firm. Garabedian’s extensive experience in personal injury law, appellate work, and Supreme Court appeals, will support the law firm’s commitment to offering excellent legal counsel and favorable case results.

“Charles has had a successful legal career, and he has retained his clients’ trust because he is committed to offering services with integrity,” said Ronald J. Resmini, Founder of the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini. “We are pleased to welcome him to our firm, and look forward to helping more people receive the justice they deserve.”

Garabedian has more than a decade of experience providing legal counsel through his previous role at a law firm and as a solo practitioner. Over the course of his career, he has assisted and originated Supreme Court appeals as well as trial briefs and trial preparations. He has also assisted in matters before the Grand Jury in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

“The collaboration that exists between the Resmini family and associates is exceptional, and I welcome the opportunity to help even more clients in need of legal representation,” Garabedian said.

At the firm, Garabedian will take personal injury cases, research solutions for cases, provide briefs, and represent clients at trials. He will also address defendant pleadings and responses from the firm. Garabedian, a resident of Smithfield, Rhode Island, earned his law degree from the Roger Williams School of Law.

About the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini
The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini is a personal injury law firm serving all of Rhode Island and Massachusetts with offices in Providence, R.I., Seekonk and Fall River, Mass. The firm celebrated 45 years of practicing law in 2015. Mr. Resmini is nationally recognized for his expertise in uninsured motorist cases and has authored more than twenty RI Law Institute handbooks on Personal Injury Law, Product Liability, Trial and Settlement Practice, Domestic Relations and other litigation topics.

For more information, please click here or call 401.444.4444.

Law Offices of Ronald J Resmini, LTD. attorneys selected to Super Lawyers 2019

Members of the Law Offices of Ronald J Resmini, LTD. were selected to the prestigious “Super Lawyers” for 2019 Super Lawyers list of top Attorneys in Rhode Island. Partners Jason, Adam, and Andrew were selected to the highly prestigious “Rising Stars” list of top Attorneys in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. *While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list. This will also be in Rhode Island Monthly, this month.
attorneys who were named to 2018 superlwayers

The Rising Stars Selection Process

The selection process for the Rising Stars list is the same as the Super Lawyers selection process, with one exception: to be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less. All attorneys first go through the Super Lawyers selection process. Those who are not selected to the Super Lawyers list, but who meet either one of the Rising Stars eligibility requirements, go through the Rising Stars selection process. While up to five percent of the lawyers in the state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to the Rising Stars list.

Recent Trial Verdict – Pedestrian Accident

The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. recently obtained a jury verdict in the amount $250,000.00 for our well-deserving Client.

Our office demanded $275,000.00, prior to trial, but we were offered $120,000. The judgment after trial with interest, costs and expenses totals $250,000.00. There were $33,000 in medicals. Our client had not worked since the day of the incident of January 8, 2014, and at the time was a waitress. The incident in question occurred when the Plaintiff was walking in a crosswalk and struck by the Defendant with her vehicle.

2018 Resmini-Fenton-O’Brien Scholarship Recipients

The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD. would like to congratulate Hannah Sfameni and Kelly Vieira, 2018’s Resmini-Fenton-O’Brien Scholarship recipients.

The Resmini-Fenton-O’Brien Scholarship provides assistance to deserving students who demonstrate financial need. It is usually awarded to a Rhode Island native who will assist their community with the spirit of preparedness, sensitivity, professionalism, and scholarship.

To learn more about the Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini, LTD.’s community involvement, click here.

Court Rules Inmate Serving Life Sentence can’t Sue after being Attacked

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has swatted down a lawsuit by an inmate serving a life sentence. It ruled that such inmates are prohibited from filing suit because the law sees them as “dead.”

The lawsuit was brought against the Department of Corrections by Dana Gallop, an inmate serving two life sentences plus 45 years, for killing a rival gang member and shooting a bystander outside of a Providence nightclub in 2008. While imprisoned, Gallop was attacked by another inmate who slashed him with a razor blade, leaving a gash that took 60 stitches to close and a scar across his face.

The law states that individuals serving life sentences are “civilly dead” meaning that they are considered dead for all purposes of marriage, property ownership, and all civil rights. These people are seen as dead to the state at the moment of their conviction, even as they are, in actuality, alive and imprisoned.

Gallop’s attorney, Ronald J. Resmini, called the ruling “very disappointing” and dismissed the state’s civil-death statute as “moronic”. Rhode Island is “the only state left with the archaic law,” he elaborated.

The Law Offices of Ronald J. Resmini took on this case after being contacted by Gallop and growing outraged by the facts. This unfair ruling is incredibly concerning for those who believe in accountability in the prison system and the rights of those in its care.

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