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Richard M. Sands Jr.

Car accident Attorney at Warwick, RI

5.0   17 reviews

Licensed for 27 years

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About Richard

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My life’s work has been to use my skill, experience and compassion to help people through the countless challenges they face after being injured. I have ratings of 10.0 from AVVO and AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ratings possible from the largest independent attorney review sites. I mention this not to brag, but only so you can trust I have the ability to help you when you are making the important decision of who to hire if you are in need of legal representation. 

I'm now in my 25th year of helping injured people. My philosophy is to treat you the way I’d want to be treated if I were in your situation. I’ll work tirelessly to make sure you get justice. My main goal is to earn your respect through the quality of the service I provide.

The past 25 years and my entire professional life have been devoted to the practice of injury law. I gained invaluable experience by working at every position in a busy personal injury firm during law school. I fetched coffee, ran errands, gave rides to clients, answered phones and performed paralegal support work.  I was hired as an associate attorney by this same injury firm after graduating from law school.

After working for several years as an associate attorney handling personal injury and workers’ compensation claims, I founded my own firm in 2002. By learning every aspect of personal injury practice from the ground up, I bring a unique perspective to my representation of clients that provides you with exceptional attention to every detail of your case.

Every injury is personal to me.  You can trust that I have the skill, experience and dedication to help you. I limit the number of cases I take in so I can handle each case personally.  I put my experience to work for you so that you can be assured that you will receive the maximum compensation possible for your injuries.

No fees or expenses are charged unless we recover compensation for you. Flexible appointments are available to meet your needs. I can even come to you if your injury prevents you from being able to get to my office.

In addition to my experience, our former long time paralegal was a claims manager at a major national insurance company for many years.  This provides us with an edge that many firms don’t have. Since we know things the insurance companies don’t want you to know about how the claims process works, we can obtain the best compensation possible for each case.

I invite you to contact us and ask questions of me and my firm. We think of ourselves as a family.  Our goal is to make each of you feel like you’re part of our family too as we help you through difficult times.

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Licensed for 27 years
State RI
Status Active
Acquired 1995
Updated 11/15/2022

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Posted by Julia | September 4, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So glad I found Rich
Working with Rich was an absolute pleasure. He is trustworthy, dedicated and attentive. Not only is he a talented and hardworking lawyer, but he was also very supportive when I sometimes just needed to vent about the situation. Even after reaching a very agreeable settlement with the insurance company, he worked for months helping me dispute my chiropractor's questionable billing practices. I am generally apprehensive about interacting with people- but after the initial consultation, talking to Rich was like talking with an old friend. I would recommend him to anyone and everyone. He's not just a great lawyer, but a great person in general.
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Posted by anonymous | October 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Awesome Lawyer
Richard handled my personal injury case and my workers comp and did a phenomal job. Very Nice and hard working. He and his staff took care of everything for me and went above and beyond. Ill definitely be going to him with any future issues that may arise.
Posted by anonymous | July 5, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Richard was excellent!
He explained everything at my level, making it very easy for me to make an informed decision. Talked with me about my case not at me. If ever I need a lawyer again I will be back and would recommend to everyone. Thank you again Richard!
Posted by anonymous | July 9, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very honest and helpful
I spoke with Richard last year and he pointed me in the right direction NO charge advice if I have any further attorney needs I would use him hes upfront and not sneaky I even told him I was reluctant to hire a lawyer because of all the TV snakes he laughs and wished me luck he wasn’t pushy
Posted by Daniel and Kerry | June 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sands Law is Highly Recommended
My wife and I were stopped while attempting to enter a rotary in Warwick. An apparently distracted drives hit us without braking before impact. We sustained injuries and work loss. Attorney Richard Sands at Sands Law was able to quickly and efficiently resolve our claim and to navigate the required interactions with or medical providers. We are so thankful that a friend referred us to Sands Law.
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Posted by Brad | October 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Just The Best!
Richard has to be without a doubt the most honest, reliable and hardest working attorney I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He handled and advised me through my workers comp case and provided me with a support system for times when I was down and frustrated and just needed someone to listen. His staff is as professional as it gets and is as friendly and supportive as Richard himself. He is as genuine a person as one can get and after everything was said and done I not only consider him my attorney but a friend as well.
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Posted by Leona | October 9, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Richard is awesome!!
Richard is awesome!!! I was involved in my first accident throughout my life last year. I was hit by another car from the back. I have no idea what to do afterwards so I decided to look for a lawyer. I found Richard on Thumbtack, I decided to work with him because his reply and suggestion to my case were professional,caring and sincere. He left a great first impression on me. It took almost a year to deal with my case. Throughout the process, Richard is always ready to answer questions, quick to reply emails, and initiative to further more benefit for me over the other party's insurance company. The result of my case is very satisfied. I appreciate everything that Richard did on behalf of me. I highly recommend Richard without any hesitation. I am also willing to share with everyone my experiences, feel free to contact me if needed.
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Posted by Jaclyn | September 8, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Reccomend
Attorney Richard Sands handled my case when I was in an accident. He took care of it all, I didn't have to worry about anything and I was very happy with the outcome. I definitely recommend him!
Posted by Crystal | September 2, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genuine
Since our first meeting after my car accident, Richard has been competent, thorough, tenacious, caring, kind-hearted, considerate, perceptive and courteous at all times. He was consistently available and catered to my needs on a regular basis. He always reached out to reassure me the status of my case. I would not hesitate to recommend Attorney Sands to anyone seeking justice.
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Posted by Cynthia | August 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
If you are in need of a personal injury lawyer, I highly recommend Mr. Sands!
I was not the type of person to call a lawyer when involved in an auto accident. To be honest, it never crossed my mind to do so until the insurance company would not cover my medical bills after I was rear-ended. They claimed that the treatments were excessive since it was a soft tissue injury. I called Rich and was happy that I did. Rich worked with the insurance company to develop a settlement that would take care of my medical expenses. He kept me informed throughout the entire process. I was pleased with his professionalism and his willingness to go the extra mile. I highly recommend Rich Sands. He will make you and your case a priority and work hard for the best results.
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Posted by Mark M. | November 10, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Wonderful Job!
After injuring my neck and shoulder in a car accident, a friend referred me to Mr. Sands with the promise of a lawyer that would have my best interests in mind. I was not disappointed! Rich was a wealth of knowledge and support during a difficult time. He always made time to explain procedures and answer all questions in a timely manner. Don't hesitate to contact him if you need a lawyer. He's a gem!
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Posted by Debbie | July 29, 2015
"A real NICE guy!
Richard Sands is a great lawyer, and a " real NICE" guy! My husband and I both agreed , how comfortable we both were , after our first meeting with him following an auto accident. Richard s friendliness, and care , and concern for our good health , really was his priority, ..not just the "bottom line". His compassion for us , and his professionalism in dealing with the facts and legal process were very impressive. I loved how easy it was to contact him, or one of his staff members who were equally professional, and Nice! I highly recommend him to anyone, who needs a good lawyer, who is accessible and NICE!
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Posted by anonymous | June 8, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Excellent
Mr.Sands is a great lawyer. He knows the law inside and out. He is honest and easy to communicate with. He makes you feel comfortable and at ease while explaining all possible outcomes. I would highly recommend him if you are looking for a lawyer.
Posted by Linda | April 13, 2015
Rich Is The Best
Rich is the best. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a personal injury lawyer. He doesn't just get you the best settlement possible. He and his staff are also friendly, knowledgeable and they make you feel like your case is the most important one they have. I was injured in a car accident. Even though I had prior problems with my back, Rich was able to get expert medical evidence that showed that the car accident made my back worse. By fighting the insurance company hard and showing them that he was willing to take my case to court if necessary, they caved in and paid me a great settlement. Rich always made time for me. He explained how the law worked in an easy to understand way, and he and his staff helped me during a very difficult time in my life. I'll always appreciate the work they did for me.
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Posted by Arvis | March 12, 2015
He's the best
Mr.Sands is a great lawyer. He is one step ahead of me at all times. He is always available and will go out of his way to make sure his clients are happy. He us clear about what he is doing and always respectful and understanding regarding the client. He helped me and got me compensated through my accident. He believed in me and relieved me from my worries and stress that my accident caused me
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Posted by Karissa | June 4, 2014
Karissa
Rich was supportive and helpful throughout a very difficult time for me. I recently got into a car accident where I was injured and my car declared totaled. In complete panic not knowing what to do, I called Rich. He proceeded to calm me down and assured me everything would be alright. Throughout the entire case, Rich kept me updated, answering any questions I had and always making me feel comfortable. I would recommend his services to friends, family, or anyone who needs a competent lawyer that genuinely cares about you and your case! Thank you again Rich!
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Posted by Ken | May 10, 2014
It quickly became apparent that I had picked a winner.
While the choice of my attorney was initially born out of convenience, it quickly became apparent that I had picked a winner. I would highly recommend attorney Richard Sands to anyone seeking representation following a workplace injury. I was injured at work in 2013, receiving a deep cut on my nose. Because the injury resulted in a nasty scar, I decided to get an attorney to advocate for my rights. After an online search, I chose attorney Richard Sands because his website states “in most cases, it is free to have an experienced attorney represent you,” plus his office was in a convenient location to me. Most of my prior experiences with attorneys have been quite frustrating; however, my experience working with Richard Sands was extremely pleasant, from my initial consultation to the settlement of my case. Immediately, he put me at ease and explained the process clearly, in a no-nonsense manner that I appreciate. Richard was also very responsive when it came to follow up after the initial consult. Soon after meeting with him, he obtained authorization for me to consult with a plastic surgeon. Richard always promptly returned my phone calls and emails, which I cannot say about other attorneys I have dealt with. As soon as I was eligible to negotiate a settlement for the scarring to my nose, which was six months after the injury, Richard promptly arranged a meeting with the worker’s comp insurer to examine my scar. He negotiated on my behalf to obtain a higher settlement amount than the insurance company initially offered. Richard also explained the pros and cons of taking the case to worker’s compensation court, should I wish to go that route. In the end, I was satisfied with the settlement offer, and I was very pleased when I received a settlement check from the insurance company in just under one week, thanks to Richard expediting the case. The whole process went very smoothly and exactly as Richard described!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 33%-33%

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President
  • Sands Law Offices
  • 2005 - Present
  • Partner
  • Nicholson & Sands, LLP
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Associate
  • Pollock Law Offices
  • 1995 - 2002
  • Legal Intern
  • Pollock Law Offices
  • 1993 - 1994
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Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg PA
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1994
  • University of Rhode Island
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1991
  • Warwick Veterans Memorial High School
  • High School Diploma
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • $ 625,000.00 Auto Accident
  • Structured Settlement
  • $ 280,000.00 Auto Accident
  • Settlement / Complaint Drafted
  • $ 3,500.00 Auto Accident
  • Settlement
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Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • United States Supreme Court Bar
  • Admitted to Practice
  • N/A
  • Rhode Island Association for Justice
  • Board of Governors
  • N/A
  • United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island
  • Admitted to Practice
  • N/A
  • Rhode Island State Bar
  • Admitted to Practice
  • N/A
  • National Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
  • Attorney
  • N/A
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Board Member- Ethics & Professionalism Committee
  • N/A
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Board Member- Fee Arbitration Committee
  • N/A
  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Board Member- Lawyers Helping Lawyers Committee
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Front Page Featured Article
  • Rhode Island Lawyers Weekly Magazine
  • 2014
  • Published Case Report
  • New England Jury Verdict Reporter
  • 2014
  • Top Contributor Car Accident
  • Avvo
  • 2014
  • 10 Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society
  • Widener University School of Law
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (44)
Unknown Attorney | Jun 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rich is a great lawyer. He is dedicated, widely respected and very skilled."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Rich Sands. Rich is a highly skilled, knowledgeable and caring personal injury attorney with over 20 years experience. Rich handles your case persoanally and is highly accessible to his clients."
Unknown Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"One of the absolute best. Exceptional attention to detail, service next to none. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Mar 24
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this attorney without hesitation. Richard is a strong advocate for his clients and well regarded in his field."
Car accident Attorney | Feb 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a great attorney!"
Unknown Attorney | Feb 03
Relationship: Other
"Aggressive and determined. I endorse this lawyer."
Car accident Attorney | Dec 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard has an excellent reputation in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this individual as a highly respected and knowledgable lawyer in their practice."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. Highly respected in the legal community. A skilled lawyer with a strong reputation for client advocacy and dedication."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Rich is a very professional, fair minded, yet zealous advocate for his clients. He is excellent at striking a balance between representing his client while keeping in mind the legal issues presented by the case. Rich is a very ethical and honest attorney. More importantly he is a great person. It is always a pleasure dealing with Rich."
Car accident Attorney | Jul 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sands is knowledgeable in the law and brings compassion and professionalism to his cases."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. An incredible reputation with peers and clients alike"
Car accident Attorney | Jul 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Sands."
Workers compensation Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sands is well versed in personal injury law and workers compensation claims. He is a lawyer that you can turn to with confidence."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sands has the experience and compassion it takes to guide clients through difficult times. I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Sands is generous enough to share his legal knowledge on sites like Avvo. Apart from being kind, he is also a passionate, intelligent, and skilled attorney. I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Richard is a highly respected auto and car accident attorney. I am happy to endorse this attorney."
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Warwick Car accident Lawyer Richard M. Sands Jr.
Richard M. Sands Jr.
Car accident Attorney
Warwick, RI
Licensed for 27 years
Free Consultation