Does Your Immigration Status Matter when Filing a Personal Injury Claim?
Posted on : June 15, 2017
by : Carlos Alvarez Tostado
San Diego serves as home for many people who have come to the US from other countries to escape violence or build better lives for their families. While these people form an important part of our community and make a significant contribution to the American economy and culture, they may not yet have full legal status as a resident or citizen of the US. This status can cause uncertainty for undocumented persons, but California does provide certain protections to the undocumented, including when they are victims of negligence or personal injury.
Considering both medical expenses and time spent off work, making a full recovery after an accident can be a costly process. Many accident victims turn to the courts to seek the money they need after an accident, but someone without legal status in the US might be scared that their immigration status could affect their case. Will a personal injury victim’s immigration status make a difference to the outcome of their lawsuit? The answer to that question in the State of California is NO, but this hasn’t always been the case.