If you’re an undocumented worker, you might worry about getting exposed if you apply for benefits to cover the treatment of your injury. That’s why most illegal immigrants don’t file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. They fear deportation or termination of employment if their immigration status gets called into question. However, individual state laws aim to protect all employees’ rights.
South Carolina statute 42-1-130 requires an employer to provide their employee with workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of their immigration status.
Workers’ compensation is a vital benefit for individuals who experience an injury on the job. When you sustain an injury at work, you may be unable to return immediately or pay for your doctors’ appointments. You could be out of work for weeks or even months, depending on the severity of your injury.
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You should obtain a copy of the workers’ compensation policy after the incident to determine the benefits you’re eligible to receive. Hiring a lawyer could also prove beneficial in getting paid the maximum available payment for wages you’re unable to earn while taking time off from work. Common benefits employers provide for their employees include:
- Reimbursement of medical expenses
- Future medical expenses required for your recovery
- Prescription medication
- Mileage reimbursement for traveling to and from doctors’ appointments
- Lost wages
- Cost of rehabilitation
- Temporary or permanent disability
If you’re unfamiliar with workers’ comp benefits, you should seek legal representation. Employers could take advantage of undocumented workers filing for benefits. You might get intimidated or threatened with deportation and termination of employment. If the person who hired you doesn’t want to pay, your lawyer could protect your rights and ensure you receive the benefits you deserve.
As soon as you hire a lawyer, they will open an investigation and gather the necessary evidence to prove your injury occurred at work. Some of the evidence they’ll collect includes:
- A copy of the workers’ compensation policy
- Incident reports
- Your medical and employment records
- Description of your daily responsibilities
- Witness statements
The lawyers from Hammack Law Firm understand the devastating effects of your situation. You’re in pain, unable to work, and stressed about the medical bills you’re receiving. We know how important it is to receive the benefits you’re entitled to, so you’re able to afford your treatment. We’ll relieve your burden by handling all legal aspects of your case so you can focus on your recovery.
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