Can I get workers’ compensation if I am undocumented?

Can I get workers’ compensation if I am undocumented?

Yes! You can get Workers’ Compensation if you are an undocumented worker. In California all workers who are injured on the job qualify for Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Workers’ Compensation provides benefits not only to those who were injured on the job but also to those who have fallen ill due to their job, or those who develop a disability due to their job, even those whose existing disability is made worse by working conditions. Almost all employers are required to have workers compensation insurance in order to cover the benefits of injured employees, regardless of their immigration status.

These benefits cover the cost of medical treatment and sometimes lost wages. Sometimes it can be hard to gain compensation for lost wages and other benefits, but this all depends on your legal resources. Filing alone won’t always maximize your benefits, which is why you should seek legal counsel for all Workers’ Compensation cases. As an undocumented worker you enjoy most legal rights given to every worker in California. (With the exemption being unemployment insurance.) Also have the right to health and safety laws to minimize the chances of you needing Workers’ Compensation. These are rights that allow you to refuse unsafe work which you can report to Cal/OSHA. Workers’ Compensation can grant temporary or permanent disability benefits depending on the severity of the injuries you have suffered as a worker, the benefits will always vary accordingly.

As an undocumented worker there are employers that will take advantage of the looming fear behind your status in order to minimize the damage you have suffered, but that does not mean you do not have rights as a worker or a human being. This is why it is important to get legal aid to properly protect and represent your interests.

Do you want to discuss your case with an experienced legal team? Do you want your case handled professionally while maximizing your compensation? Bankers Hill Law Firm, APC along with its 30 years of legal experience will take great care of you and your case. We offer a 100% free consultation. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at 619-230-0330 or

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