How do undocumented workers deal with on-site injuries?
If you get injured on the job in Missouri, you are entitled to compensation in many cases. However, we at Mayer & Rosenberg, P.C., understand that as an undocumented worker, you may be too confused or frightened to look into compensation immediately.
First of all, be aware of the fact that you are still eligible for workers’ compensation even as an undocumented immigrant. This means possibly getting lost-wage benefits as well as treatment for any diseases or injuries you received because of your job. You should also understand that your legal immigration standing will not be brought up in a compensation claim. Deportation will not occur strictly for trying to gain workers’ compensation benefits, though there is a chance it could be brought up for other reasons.
Finally, know that you cannot lose your job for a compensation claim. It is illegal for employers to fire anyone just because they have filed a workers’ compensation claim, even though both Missouri and Kansas are at-will employment states. This means that you can fight back against your employer if they fire you after you have reported your injury in order to gain compensation. You may even be eligible to sue third parties involved in your injury, though employers and the people working for them generally are protected from this.
To learn more about dealing with job-related injuries as an undocumented worker, please visit our web page. You will likely find information that can ease your worries, allowing you to proceed through this trying period of your life without fear.