Another Workers’ Comp Myth Debunked: Undocumented workers are entitled to benefits

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Workers’ compensation for undocumented workers is a hot button issue right now.

Stats show that Latino workers are injured on the job at a disproportionate rate.

The real tragedy occurs when an undocumented worker is injured. Many employers try to deny these employees workers’ compensation benefits, and they’re often successful in doing so.

According to an article from McClatchy Newspapers:

“In one national study, university researchers surveyed 2,660 day laborers, most of them working illegally. One in five said he’d suffered a work injury. Among those who were hurt in the last year, 54 percent said they didn’t receive the medical care they needed, and only 6 percent got workers’ comp benefits.”

But the law is clear.  Undocumented workers, even if they are working in the U.S. illegally are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits — lost wages and medical treatment.

From the same article:

“Employers in at least 20 states, arguing that their employees shouldn’t receive injury benefits because they’re illegal immigrants, have fought and lost in courts and review boards. Among those employees were a California laborer who hurt his back lifting sacks of coffee, an Arizona auto mechanic who was hit in the eye by flying debris, a Maryland carpenter who cut his hand on a saw, and a North Carolina construction worker who suffered a brain injury when he fell 30 feet onto a concrete floor.”

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