Non-US Citizen Work Accident Attorneys in Port St. Lucie & West Palm Beach Help Undocumented Workers in FL
On Behalf of Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa | September 29, 2023 | Workers' Compensation
If you are an undocumented worker who has been injured on the job, it’s common for you to have questions about your rights in this country. All Florida residents have certain rights under Florida law, regardless of their immigration status. Undocumented workers have the right to pursue claims for workers’ compensation benefits when injured on the job. Similarly, you have the right to file a personal injury claim under Florida law if someone else’s negligence caused an accident where you were injured. Our Florida undocumented worker injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve.
For over 38 years we have been helping people that have been undocumented get medical care, wages, and benefits. Our injury lawyers understand what you’re going through if you have been injured on the job while undocumented in this country.
We know that the threat of deportation and ICE raids weigh heavily on your mind, and you might feel that pursuing your right to compensation is too risky. We’re here to help you understand your rights and any restrictions that apply based upon your immigration status. Most importantly, we want you to feel comfortable knowing that you take no risk by coming to us for help. Our experienced accident and injury lawyers are here to help—and we have earned a positive reputation throughout the Florida Hispanic community.
We speak Spanish and English in our office. We offer free consultations and we only recover attorneys’ fees if we win. We do not want you to worry about how to pay. You can call our office or contact us online to set up your risk-free case evaluation.
Establishing Your Right To Workers’ Compensation As An Undocumented Worker in Florida
Regardless of your immigration status, our office is confidential where you can tell us what happened. As an undocumented worker, you will undoubtedly face challenges in enforcing your rights. Your employer might try to deny your right to workers’ compensation. Insurance companies might ask uncomfortable questions that they wouldn’t ask if you were documented. There are many reasons why you might be undocumented such as:
- You came into this country without authorization,
- Your visa expired,
- Your family immigrated illegally when you were a young child.
If you got injured at work, there are three rules that apply:
- Your employer must carry workers’ compensation insurance
- You must be an employee, and
- Your injury must be related to the job
- We can try and help you regardless of your immigration status
We understand that these simple requirements become much more complex when you’re worried about your immigration status. Employers may threaten termination or even threaten to report you to the authorities if you attempt to claim benefits. In these cases, it’s important that you talk to an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer. Do not delay this.
Rosenthal, Levy, Simon & Sosa Attorneys at Law are Dedicated To Helping Undocumented Workers In Florida
The first step to getting back on track is understanding the law and how it applies based upon your immigration status. Our legal team is here to help you.
Learn about your rights from an experienced attorney now.
- File your workers’ compensation claim,
- Negotiate with an insurance company,
- Understand potential case results based upon your undocumented worker status,
- Explore options if your employer has threatened to fire or report you.
You might think it’s not worth risking deportation or losing your job just to get compensation for a workplace or an injury caused by someone else’s careless actions. In some cases, however, you might need that compensation to get the medical care you need.
For documented U.S. workers, workers’ compensation benefits cover:
- Medical expenses
- A portion of your lost wages
- Short and long-term disability
However, Florida court decisions have made it more difficult to recover lost future wages as an undocumented worker. Our lawyers can help you understand what you’re entitled to receive. We make sure that our clients understand all their options so that you can make the most informed decision possible.
Many employers use the element of fear to deny or delay your workers’ compensation benefits if you were injured in the workplace in South Florida. However, the three basic requirements for claiming workers’ compensation have nothing to do with your status as an undocumented worker. In fact, the Florida statute clearly states that aliens are eligible for benefits. Reach out to an experienced workers compensation attorney to learn more. Reach out online now to hear more about how a workers compensation lawyer can help.
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