Does Immigration Status Impede Compensation?

We have had many blog posts in the past discussing what provisions there are for those who are injured in car accidents. But what happens in the case of someone injured in a car accident that is not a legal resident? Can they receive any compensation for medical bills?

If an undocumented immigrant is injured in a car accident, they ARE entitled to compensation for their damaged property and for their medical expenses. Everyone has the right to receive medical treatment, and the doctors and nurses providing the treatment need to be paid, so it is actually quite important that the victim receive their compensation. The victim may have difficulty receiving compensation for wages lost due to injuries, as they do not have a legally documented work status, making it difficult to prove how many wages have actually been lost. CRASH-articleLarge

When reporting the accident to the insurance company, insurance may claim that since the undocumented immigrant has no social security number, they cannot provide compensation. This should in no way stop the payment of compensation however, and if the insurance company denies payment they are violating the victim’s legal rights, and the victim should inform their attorney immediately.

Because the process can be a difficult one, and the illegal alien resident may fear further legal action regarding their status in the country, they may abandon the pursuit of their compensation. Though their name will be public information, law enforcement does not have the complete right to search for immigration status in these court documents.

If you have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you speak to an attorney to help you make sure that your rights are protected.

At Wynn and Wynn, we are up to date on recent legal developments and will work with you, whatever your legal needs. Call today at 1-800-852-5211 or click here to schedule a free consultation.