Workers’ compensation legal teams sometimes see the effects of the willigness of some migrant communities to send working-age people to the first available job. It may not always be the safest position, but as a recent study shows, it does minimize their unemployment numbers.
In fact, in New York City, this demographic is more likely to hold down a job, although the researchers at the Pew Foundation argue that it may be in work that is part-time or infrequent. They benefit from the thousands of service jobs available in restaurants doing things like washing dishes.
The study and the New York Workers’ Compensation regulations share one thing in common, in that your immigration status does not affect your ability to collect workers’ compensation benefits. That means that whether documented or not, there is case law supporting your right to a workers’ compensation claim if you need it.
Considering the ongoing fight in some districts in the state about the education of undocumented immigrant’s younger children, this is good news. It shows that New York understands that if you work and get injured while on the job, you don’t have to show a green card. Until further immigration overhauls are in place, it’s a start.
If you, a family member or a friend have been injured on the job but aren’t sure how to navigate the process because of your status in the United States, contact a law firm like Markhoff & Mittman, P.C. who can help make sense of the process.