Rhode Island might be a tiny state, but it's got its fair share of car accidents every year, as well as other types of personal injury and negligence cases. Maybe it was you who experienced an accident; maybe it was a family member or friend. Whatever happens during your Rhode Island journeys, if you need guidance for your personal injury case, Enjuris can help.
Rhode Island Personal Injury Cases & Accident Info
Rhode Island statutes online
This is where you’ll find the Rhode Island general laws. The website has details about how long you have to bring a case, monetary limits on personal injury cases (which are also known as damage caps), and other important information.
Rhode Island's car accident statutes of limitation
In Rhode Island, you have three years to bring a personal injury and ten years to bring a property damage claim. That means you have three years to file your paperwork with the court, not that your case has to be completed in that time frame.
The first meeting with a personal injury attorney is normally free of charge. (Note that other legal specialties, such as traffic law or white collar crime law, are different.) After that, lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means that they will take a third of the eventual reward, plus whatever office expenses they incur along the way.
If your case goes to trial, that percentage could rise to 40% of the eventual reward or judgment. These numbers aren't determined by law, so don't be surprised if your lawyer suggests something else.
These are some cases of legal importance that came out of Rhode Island's courts:
44 Liquormart, Inc. V. Rhode Island, 517 U.S. 484 (1996): The state of Rhode Island passed a statute that did not allow the advertisement of alcohol prices where liquor was not sold. The petitioners claimed that this violated their right to free speech, and the district court agreed, saying it did not serve any state interest that promoted temperance. The appellate court reversed, stating that it would increase alcoholic consumption. The Supreme Court found for the petitioners. Rhode Island failed to show that its statute would help to lower alcoholic consumption, and while the Twenty-First Amendment allows the state to regulate the sale of liquor, it cannot do that by infringing upon the First Amendment.
Palazzo v. Rhode Island, 533 U.S. 606 (2001): In this case, the petitioner was deprived of the economic value of his waterfront property. Palazzo had bought a salt marsh that he'd hoped to turn into a beach club, but his plans kept being rejected by various government agencies. Over the years, the government declared the salt marsh a protected coastal wetland, and the entire property value was basically lost. The lower courts disagreed with Palazzo's findings (and his property valuation of $3.5 million), but the Supreme Court felt that his case was indeed ripe for review, he did have standing to challenge, and remanded it for further examination.
Rhode Island v. Innis, 446 U.S. 291 (1980): It is now understood by police officers that once a suspect invokes his right to counsel, they can no longer interrogate him. This case outlines a police officer's interrogation abilities as outlined by Miranda v. Arizona. In this case, the court held that interrogation is the "functional equivalent" of asking for counsel; meaning, "any words or actions on the part of the police ... that the police should know are reasonably likely to elicit an incriminating response."
There are a number of issues you can solve without the help of a lawyer. If you don't know where to begin, a law librarian can help you. They are usually legally trained, and they can help you both with texts or online research engines like LexisNexis or Westlaw.