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 workplace accidents. But because you’re an illegal immigrant doesn’t mean that you don’t have rights in this country. You can still file for workers compensation, just like United States citizen.
If you are an illegal immigrant and were hurt on the job, we can help! For more than 26 years, the Law Offices of Anthony Carbone has been handling workers compensation for everyone. Serving people in Hudson, Essex, Passaic, and throughout New Jersey, we are ready to fight for your rights.
Workers Compensation Available for Everyone
A recent report from the Pew Hispanic Center has found that New Jersey the fifth highest illegal immigrant population state in the U.S., behind New York, Florida, Texas and California. New Jersey is also the third state in the U.S. with the largest share of illegal immigrants in the workforce.
All New Jersey workers, whether legal or illegal, are eligible to receive workers compensation benefits. This may seem strange, considering that employers who hire illegal immigrants will be fined. But just because you are not a legal citizen, this does not mean you can’t compensation for your injuries. And just like US citizens, illegal immigrants are entitled to the following when filing for workers compensation:
- Payment of your medical bills
- Receiving temporary disability benefits
- Or compensation for any injuries that prevent you from working as before
But what if the employer says you are an independent contractor? According to New Jersey law, independent contractors are responsible for their own workers compensation insurance and not the employer’s. But even if you are an independent contractor, you may still be entitled to compensation. This is when it’s important to have an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer by your side.
In addition, you may be threatened deportation by the other party but be aware, you cannot be deported because you filed a workers compensation claim against a company. In fact, if the other party’s lawyer threatens you, this is unethical behavior and you should tell your lawyer immediately.
We’re Here For You
If you have been involved in a workplace accident in New Jersey and you are an illegal immigrant, know your rights. Experienced workers compensation lawyer Anthony Carbone will get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.