Can an Illegal Immigrant Still Sue for Personal Injury?
A recent report from the Pew Hispanic Center has found that illegal immigrants make up about 6 percent of New Jersey’s population. This makes New Jersey the fifth highest illegal immigrant population state in the U.S., behind New York, Florida, Texas and California. New Jersey is also third state in the U.S. with the largest share of illegal immigrants in the work force.
Illegal immigrants have come to this country for a better life. But unfortunately, that is not always the case once they enter. Since they don’t have the proper documents, they are more afraid to the authorities if something happens to them. This can cause a rise in crime, particularly domestic violence cases, and accidents.
Let’s say you’re an illegal immigrant and you slip and fall on a puddle of the water in the grocery store. You break your arm and you have to take a trip to the hospital. Since you’re an illegal immigrant, what rights do you have after the accident? The answer is you have the same rights as any U.S. citizen or legal immigrant. No matter if your illegal or legal, if you get into an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have the right to be compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and any future lost wages.
But what about deportation? You may be threatened by the other party but be aware, you cannot be deported because you filed a personal injury claim against someone else. In fact, if the other party’s lawyer threatens you, this is unethical behavior and you should tell your lawyer immediately.
If you are an illegal immigrant and you have had an accident, we can help you. The Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has been handling personal injury cases for 26 years. We only get paid when you win your case. Contact us for a free consultation.