Many undocumented immigrants living in the United States have one thing in common — fear of deportation. Those who have been injured whether on the job or through an accident by the negligence of another individual often do not understand their rights in the eyes of immigration law. Here’s what undocumented immigrants need to know about personal injury lawsuits and the impact on their immigration status.
What Are Your Rights?
Whether you are an undocumented immigrant or U.S. Citizen, it is your right to be compensated for injuries that you have sustained from an accident. Unfortunately, fear of being reported to authorities about their immigration status often deters many undocumented immigrants from exercising their rights.
The following are some common reasons why undocumented immigrants become injured and may need an immigration lawyer to assist with their claim:
- Work accidents
- Car accidents
- Medical malpractice
- Assault and battery
Will Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit Cause Deportation?
You cannot be deported for filing a lawsuit or reporting any type of accident that has left you with injuries. It is your legal right to file a suit against a negligent party who is responsible for the injury that you have sustained.
When filing a personal injury lawsuit, medical care and documentation are extremely important to the success of a case. Unfortunately, many undocumented immigrants may forgo proper medical treatment for their injuries thinking they may raise a red flag to single them out for deportation. It is your right to seek medical treatment after an accident.
Why It’s Critical to Hire an Immigrant Injury Attorney
Personal injury lawsuits are complicated enough already. Unfortunately, undocumented immigrants have more obstacles to overcome than the average American citizen filing a personal injury lawsuit. Having an experienced attorney who is well-versed in both personal injury and immigration law is critical to the success of your claim as well as keeping you in the United States.
Don’t let fear of deportation prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve. Contact The Sekou Clarke Law Group at (407) 269-8774 today to learn more about how we can help protect your immigrant injury rights under the law.