Employees have rights regarding workplace injury. All workers are eligible to have their medical expenses covered for on-the-job injuries. For some people, the process may be complex.
Injuries happen frequently in industries that require physical labor. Regardless of your immigration status, you should receive medical treatment and insurance coverage if necessary.
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration, three common workplace injuries include:
- Pulled or strained muscles
- Cuts or scrapes
- Soreness or pain
Depending on the severity of the injury, it could require medical attention or time away from work. Undocumented workers may be afraid that they will get deported if they seek medical attention.
Workplace injury and undocumented workers
All workers are supposed to receive emergency medical care regardless of their immigration status. Additionally, all employees have the right to workers’ compensation as long as their employer provides it—whether they are a U.S. citizen or not.
According to National Public Radio, a Florida man’s workplace injury led to jail time and deportation. The man used a deceased person’s social security card to get medical treatment after sustaining an injury at work. He received a felony charge for using false identification upon the insurance company’s investigation.
It may be wise to speak with a lawyer after sustaining an injury on-the-job. Knowing what services you are entitled to may ease your stress and fear.
Services available to everyone
There are services that are available to everyone—regardless of their immigration status. All people living in New York are entitled to these services:
- Immunizations and HIV testing
- Emergency shelter
- Child welfare and public-school education
- Police and fire protection
- Protection against discrimination
The above services are just a few of the many services people are entitled to. Reach out to a government agency, lawyer or medical provider if you have questions or concerns regarding your rights. Deportation may be frightening. Seek the resources you need to protect your family.