In the United States, millions of immigrants interact with each other every day to support their families to the best of their ability. Among others, the Hispanic community stands out, enduring strenuous jobs with an unbreakable spirit. Unfortunately, some are the victims of workplace accidents and injuries. It is essential that they have an ally near at hand.
Since the founding of the United States, immigrants have taken part in building this great nation. Members of the Hispanic community usually work in highly dangerous jobs, such as construction, landscaping, agriculture, manufacturing, and food preparation. All US companies must have an insurance plan to protect their employees, and anyone can recover workers’ compensation if he or she has been the victim of an accident at work. It doesn’t matter if the worker is an American resident or not; the benefits cover anyone working for the business.
By law, if a worker claims his or her rights over a workplace injury, the Workers’ Compensation Commission cannot take into account the worker’s immigration status. Regulations vary for each state, but this is the law in most cases. A worker who lacks proper documentation will not be deported. Even if the worker has been threatened with deportation, this type of case is not passed on to immigration officials. In addition, you will be protected if you make a benefits claim. Your employer or supervisor cannot retaliate against you for exercising your right as a worker. No one can revoke your rights: the company that hired you must fulfill their obligation. Whether or not the worker possesses the proper legal documents, he or she retains human rights.
If you are a worker who does not have the proper legal documentation, you should keep in mind that it’s extremely important to act quickly. If you have had an injury or accident, the first thing you should do is notify your manager or supervisor in writing. Make an appointment with a doctor and request a written diagnosis. Keep a record of the doctor’s diagnosis, prescriptions, medical care, checkups; and finally, information about any witnesses who may be able to testify. Remember that deadlines for filing claims are different for each state. Don’t wait any longer; it may be difficult or even impossible to file the claim in a few weeks.
Don’t worry if your boss tells you that the company will not pay what the law requires. If you have any questions, our participating lawyers will guide you through the entire legal process.
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