Undocumented Workers May Qualify For Workers’ Compensation, Too.
America is a nation of immigrants, and workers from other countries make tremendous contributions to our country every single day. Tragically, these workers are not always treated in the way they deserve. However, it is important to remember that injured immigrant workers, including undocumented workers, are entitled to workers’ compensation after a work injury, and also to file personal injury lawsuits
With Or Without “Papers,” Immigrant Workers Fuel New York’s Economy
Section 274A of the Immigration and Nationality Act and 8 U.S.C 1324(a) establish the requirements and procedures for employers to comply with verifying the identity and employment authorization of employees. These are federal laws and, presumably, employers and undocumented immigrants understand the legal problems associated with unauthorized employment relationships. However, the contributions of New York’s undocumented immigrant workers are a reality of the state’s economy. According to bloomberg.com (September 23, 2021), more than 500,000 undocumented people were living in New York City at that time, with additional undocumented worker populations on Long Island, in the Hudson Valley and in other parts of the state.
With large numbers of undocumented workers engaged in employment throughout the New York metro area and other areas in New York, it is inevitable that some will be injured from time to time. Injured workers have the right to seek workers’ compensation regardless of their immigrant status.
You Have Rights. We’ll Help Your Protect Them.
Workers’ compensation laws differ from state to state, but New York recognizes that all workers deserve adequate compensation after an on-the-job injury. Under state law, all injured workers are eligible for workers’ compensation, including undocumented workers.
At The Klein Law Group, P.C., we have a strong history of helping immigrant workers pursue the compensation they need after serious work injuries. Our founding partner, David Klein, has been presented with Certificates of Appreciation from the Latino Laborers Culture Association Local 79; from Fundación Tapori Quito: Federación de Instituciones de Pichincha; from Nani Migrante, and from The World Trade Center Medical Monitoring Program Clinical Center at Mount Sinai. He has also written publications and provided classes aimed at helping New York’s immigrant workers protect their legal rights.
Our law firm doesn’t just talk about fighting for immigrant rights – we take real action to help make the city a safer place for immigrants.
Make The Right Move
If you’ve been injured at work, do not accept an offer from your boss without talking to an attorney. It may be tempting to accept a cash payout and get back to your life. But your boss may be giving you much less money than your case is worth! You owe it to yourself to get a free estimate of what your case is worth before accepting any cash offer from your boss. Many bosses offer cash and a promise of further employment. But a few months later they fire the injured worker anyway.
You are never required to sign with a lawyer and you are never required to file a workers’ compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit. But you owe it to yourself and to your family to get a free consultation as to the real value of your case. After a work injury, it is critical that you work with an experienced attorney who knows the workers’ compensation claims process.
We understand that any contact with the legal system can be scary for undocumented immigrants, particularly in today’s political climate. However, we also have extensive experience securing the compensation our clients and their families deserve
We’re On Your Side After A Workplace Injury. Call For A Free Consultation.
Your first consultation is completely free and confidential, so there is no risk in learning more about your legal rights. We never collect attorney fees unless we recover compensation for you. Our international staff speaks Spanish, Polish, Russian and Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin) and is eager to begin helping you.