What Rights Do Injured Undocumented Workers Have?
Immigrant workers are essential to New York’s workforce, and play a tremendous role in building the city that never sleeps. Unfortunately, immigrant workers are also some of the most affected by workplace accidents and safety violations. According to a 2017 report by the New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), Latino workers made up 57 percent of fall fatalities in New York state.
Undocumented workers often face challenges when trying to protect their rights after an injury, which include:
- The right to be free from discrimination based on race, nationality or immigration status
- The right to pursue fair compensation for any losses arising from the injury
- The protections outlined in New York and federal wage laws
- The right to bring a legal claim to recover damages for workplace injuries.
You May Be Able To Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits
In many cases, workers who are hurt on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. New York state law explicitly states that immigrant workers are eligible for the same benefits as other workers. Learn more about workers’ compensation for undocumented immigrants.
However, it is important to speak with an attorney to determine whether a workers’ compensation claim is the best way to proceed. It may be possible to seek additional compensation with a third-party injury claim or global settlement. Our knowledgeable work injury lawyers can help you understand all of your options, maximize the benefits available to you and get you back on your feet.
Personal Service In Your Best Interests
At Marder, Eskesen & Nass, we have devoted our practice and our careers to standing up for workers who have been injured on the job. During your free consultation, either over the phone or at one of our convenient office locations, we will answer your questions and begin developing a strategy to pursue the compensation you deserve. Please call 800-588-1579, or contact us online.