As someone who is in the United States as an undocumented immigrant or on an expired visa, you’re technically in the country illegally. That doesn’t mean that you aren’t protected by the laws of the United States, though. In fact, you have a right to pursue compensation if you’re injured even if you aren’t in the country legally.
Whenever you get hurt because of another person’s actions, you can look into making a personal injury claim. For example, if you get into an auto accident while you’re in the United States, you can look into filing a claim against the other party’s insurance or taking them to court to recover your losses.
What do you need to do if you’re undocumented and hurt by someone else?
The first thing to understand is that you will be interacting with the legal system, but you have a right to work with an attorney while you do so. It is helpful to contact an attorney who works with undocumented immigrants or people with residency issues. You will want to be sure that this person is also familiar with personal injury law or works with others in their practice or firm who do.
No matter who you are, you have a right to a personal injury attorney
Not being in the country legally is an issue, but it is not the same issue as getting hurt because of another person’s recklessness or negligence. As a result, it’s your right to speak with a personal injury attorney and to look into making your claim.
The fact that you are in the country illegally or under unusual terms should not have an impact on your right to speak with an attorney about your injuries and how you can get the medical care you need. You deserve, like all humans, a right to medical support and compensation if you’ve been injured by another party.
Working with an attorney is your right. If you have questions, discuss them with your attorney, so you can understand what to expect as you focus on recovering your financial losses after an injury.