- January 16, 2017
- In personal Injury
Accidents don’t only involve documented individuals or citizens. All too often, undocumented immigrants are seriously injured in accidents. Most of these individuals do not know they have a legal right to file a personal injury claim, just like anyone else involved in an accident.
In other words, if you are undocumented and have been injured in an accident, you have the right to file a claim for your injuries and recover damages as part of your claim. You also have the right to recover for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and any other injuries suffered from your personal injury case.
Representation for Injured Victims
California law allows undocumented immigrants certain rights, including filing a personal injury claim. This right is especially important for illegal immigrants who are seriously injured as a result of an accident.
There is a common misconception that filing an injury lawsuit will result in deportation. This is far from the truth. In fact, some states have enacted laws that make it unethical for an injury attorney to ask the residency status of the victim-client, let alone threaten criminal or civil action based on their status.
The bottom line is, legal status does not impact your ability to bring an injury lawsuit against the party who caused you harm. If you suffered injuries in an accident that was not your fault and you are considering filing a personal injury lawsuit but are nervous because of your undocumented status, you should consult an experienced Irvine personal injury attorney right away.
An Accident Attorney Can Help
Even though you may be entitled to compensation regardless of your legal status in the country, it does not mean you won’t face any obstacles. Personal injury victims often have difficulty receiving the full compensation they deserve. You may have a tough time getting compensation for your lost wages due to injuries because you do not have a legally documented work status. This can make it difficult in proving how much wages you have lost.
This is why it is important to hire an experienced attorney. A personal injury lawyer can help you make sure that your rights are protected. Your attorney can ease your fears of further legal action regarding your status in the country when filing a personal injury claim.
If you or a loved one is undocumented and has been injured in an accident that was caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another individual, you may have the right to make a personal injury claim under the law.
For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with an experienced Irvine personal injury attorney, please call the Law Offices of Samer Habbas at toll free at 888.848.5084.