Rhode Island is the smallest state in the U.S. in area, but is the second most densely populated of all 50 states, second only to New Jersey. Rhode Island borders Connecticut and Massachusetts and shares a water boundary with Long Island in New York. One of the original 13 colonies, Rhode Island has a rich colonial history and is nicknamed “The Ocean State.” Rhode Island has several bays and beaches, including Narragansett Bay and Block Island, about 12 miles off the mainland. Within the Bay, over 30 islands exist, the largest of which is Aquidneck Island.
Rhode Island’s economic history lies in fishing and to this day many fishermen work and make a living in the state, as well as ferry workers. Rhode Island is also well-known for its seafood, especially its famous clam chowder. Rhode Island’s fishing industry provides a variety of fish, mollusks and shellfish to the U.S., the most valuable of which is lobster. Important catches also include anglerfish, clams, cod, flounder, scup, squid, whiting and yellowfish.
Transportation and Hospitals
Rhode Island has a variety of ways to get around, including buses, ferries, railways and aviation. The Road Island Public Transit Authority operates statewide and serves 38 of the state’s 39 cities and towns. Several private ferry services operate in Rhode Island, including the Block Island Ferry and Prudence Island Ferry. The MBTA Commuter Rail’s Providence/Stoughton Line railway connects Providence with Boston. Rhode Island’s primary airport is T. F. Green Airport in Warwick. Health services are actually Rhode Island’s largest industry and supply many jobs to the area. Major hospitals and medical centers include Lifespan Hospital Group, Care New England and St. Joseph Health Services and Hospitals of Rhode Island.
Maritime Attorneys Representing Rhode Island Marine Workers
The maritime law attorneys at Latti & Anderson LLP have been representing commercial fishermen and other maritime workers in the New England area for over 50 years. We understand the serious injuries that can occur when working on vessels at sea and how much risk workers are put in every day. If you’re injured while working on a vessel at sea, you may be entitled to compensation via the Jones Act. We have settled many multi-million dollar cases for our clients, and we are dedicated to compassionate and thorough legal care. Contact our Rhode Island Jones Act attorneys today if you have been injured while working at sea. Our initial consultation is always free.