Immigrant Injury Rights
As of 2017, one in five migrants was living within the United States. While many migrants go through the time-consuming process of seeking asylum, many migrants and immigrants do not currently have legal status. If you’re an undocumented immigrant or asylum-seeker living in the United States, it can seem as though you don’t have many options in the event of a personal injury. Many undocumented immigrants who become injured are too scared to file a personal injury claim or contact the authorities, even when the other party was egregiously irresponsible.
As a result, personal injury lawyers are often asked, “Can illegal immigrants sue for personal injury?”
The answer is yes.
You cannot be deported if you file a lawsuit or report an accident. Furthermore, you can’t be deported for seeking medical treatment after your accident.
What to do if you’ve been in a car accident and you’re undocumented
Even if you’re undocumented, you should follow the same steps and procedures following an accident as any other driver. Fleeing the scene of an accident will make matters much worse for you, and could result in hit and run charges that ultimately end in arrest and deportation. So, if you’ve been in an accident, step one is to pull your car off to the side of the road.
Your next step is to check on the other driver and trade contact and insurance information.
If the police arrive, give them your real name and all of your contact information. You do not have to disclose your immigration status to the police officer. Remember not to say anything that might admit fault to the accident, but be cooperative with the officer.
You should also seek medical attention as soon as possible. Denying medical treatment or acting as if your injuries aren’t severe will make getting compensation that much harder. In car accidents where the other driver was at fault, either because he or she was drunk, reckless, distracted, or otherwise negligent, you may be able to file a civil personal injury lawsuit to recover damages for injuries.
Because immigrant injury law can be complex, most immigrants choose to work with a personal injury attorney who has worked with immigrants in the past.
Immigrant Injury Rights: Working With a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been injured due to another person’s recklessness or negligence, whether the accident took place at work, in public, or on the road, you should consider contacting an immigrant injury lawyer. An attorney who specializes in your type of case will be able to protect you throughout the process and fight to get you the compensation you deserve.
If you’re in need of an immigrant personal injury lawyer, contact our today. We can assist you through your claim process and ensure your immigrant injury rights are protected under the law.