If you are an undocumented worker, you have the same rights to New York State workers' compensation benefits as an American citizen – period! You also have the same right to sue another party if you are injured on a construction site. Don't be intimidated by employers who try to tell you that you will be deported if you report a work-related injury. They are bad people who are not telling the truth. Some employers try to have it both ways. They gladly hire undocumented workers off the books at lower wages, yet deny any legal obligation when those workers are injured on the job.
The law firm of Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco, L.L.P., has helped undocumented Hispanics and other noncitizens injured in construction jobs (and other types of work) get the medical care and wage benefits they deserve through the New York workers' compensation system. Our attorneys represent individuals from Queens and Long Island in construction accident claims, including workers' compensation, Section 240 claims and third-party lawsuits. We have obtained benefits for many undocumented workers injured on the job.
Undocumented Workers Injured In Construction Accidents
Undocumented workers are often given the most dangerous jobs at construction sites. They are ordered to do things that union members are never asked to do, with little or no safety equipment. But when those employees are injured, they are told that they cannot file for workers' comp or are threatened with deportation if they do.
Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco, L.L.P., will not let you be intimidated by bad employers. We regularly call bad employers and force them to report accidents involving undocumented workers so our clients can get all the medical care and lost wages they deserve. No client of Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco, L.L.P., has ever been denied workers' comp benefits due to their undocumented status. We will protect your fundamental human rights against unscrupulous employers. You will not stand alone.
In Balbuena vs. IDR Realty, the New York Court of Appeals ruled that state labor laws apply to noncitizens, including undocumented immigrants ("illegal aliens" injured at work.) By offering employment to an undocumented worker, employers and workers' compensation insurers are obligated to provide the same benefits and protections as they would to a U.S. citizen.
Protecting The Rights Of The Undocumented
To Receive Workers' Compensation Benefits
The rate of workplace deaths is unfortunately much higher for Latinos, especially in roofing and construction work, reflecting the dangerous job assignments given to undocumented immigrants. Turley Redmond Rosasco & Rosasco represents any person injured on the job, regardless of nationality or immigration status.
Contact us today to speak to a workers' compensation lawyer about injuries to undocumented workers. Call toll free at 800-671-4927 or email us. We have six offices across NYC, Queens and Long Island.
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