Immigration is an institution rife with issues in today’s society. This is plain to see on any news site, televised media, or talk radio show – where immigration is a hot topic just as much as it is a problematic one. We are often confronted with the question of how one’s immigration status might affect that individual’s ability to pursue a Workers’ Compensation claim.
Legislation combating illegal immigration in the workplace has been adopted many times in Georgia. Georgia law, however, ensures that you are eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits when you are injured at work, regardless of your immigration status.
Employers will often attempt to utilize lack of documentation as an argument for denying an employee their entitled rights. This can be particularly contentious if the employee lied about their immigration status upon their initial hiring (which can serve as a complete bar to recovering Workers’ Compensation benefits).
If you have been injured at work, and would like to receive an evaluation of your potential claim, please contact us as soon as possible.
Please be advised: every legal case is different. While this information may be informative, it is not intended to constitute legal advice. To determine if the circumstances presented here apply to your case, please do not hesitate to call us today.