Are Undocumented Workers Eligible for Workers’ Compensation?
Georgia employers often tell undocumented workers that they are not eligible for workers’ compensation if they are injured on the job. This can leave the worker unable to earn a living and without access to medical care.
Before you take no for an answer, discuss your case with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. At the law firm of Hilley & Frieder in Atlanta, our attorneys offer a free initial consultation to determine if you are eligible for workers’ compensation. We will also evaluate your case to determine if you have the right to sue the party who caused your injury. Call 404-233-6200 to talk with a lawyer. We represent undocumented workers throughout Georgia.
When Can Undocumented Workers Receive Workers’ Compensation?
Under Georgia law, employers with more than three employees are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. You do not have to be a U.S. citizen to be eligible.
Workers’ compensation benefits include compensation for lost wages, as well as free medical care to help you recover from your injury. If your injury was caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer, you may also be entitled to compensation through our civil justice system.
If you have suffered a serious work injury, it’s important to get medical care. You should also discuss your case with an attorney who can evaluate it and explain your legal options.
Many undocumented workers are afraid to seek workers’ compensation benefits because they are afraid they will lose their job. However, attempting to work through a serious injury can lead to long-term health problems. This can affect your ability to support yourself now and in the future.
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Ronald Hilley was the contributing attorney to this content.