Here To Help You Recover After A Work Accident

Undocumented workers injured on the job qualify for workers’ compensation

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In the United States, undocumented workers often face challenges when it comes to their employment rights. However, despite their immigration status, they do have certain protections under the law.

One crucial aspect of these protections is workers’ compensation, which provides benefits to employees who sustain injury or become ill on the job.

Understanding workers’ compensation

Workers’ compensation is a system designed to provide financial assistance to employees who suffer work-related injuries or illnesses. It typically covers medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation costs. Importantly, workers’ compensation is available regardless of immigration status. This means that undocumented workers who sustain an injury while working have the right to seek compensation for their injuries.

Rights of undocumented workers

Undocumented workers have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim if they get an injury on the job. They receive the same benefits and protections as other employees, regardless of their immigration status. The California Department of Industrial Relations further emphasizes that all workers, including undocumented ones, have protection under state labor laws.

Steps to take

If you are an undocumented worker with a job-related injury, it is important to take certain steps to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve. First, report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. Next, seek medical attention and document your injuries. It is also important to keep detailed records of any medical treatment received and time missed from work due to the injury.

The Law Office of Leslie S. Shaw, A.P.C. has a history of representing undocumented workers including those in agriculture, warehouse, construction, landscaping and manufacturing industries. Leslie Shaw’s law office speaks Spanish and can help undocumented workers ensure they receive the compensation they deserve for work-related injuries.