Every state except Texas requires employers of a certain size to carry workers’ compensation insurance. However, not all require coverage for injured undocumented workers.
Workers Comp Coverage
Workers’ compensation pays for reasonable and necessary medical treatment for injuries incurred on the job — whether the result of an accident or a condition that develops gradually while doing your job, like carpal tunnel. Benefits available through workers’ compensation may include:
- Medical treatment paid by your employer
- Temporary disability benefits for the time you’re away from the job because of your injury, or permanent disability benefits if you’re unable to return to work
- Compensation for families of workers killed at work
Workers Comp for Undocumented Workers by State
This chart shows how each state approaches workers’ comp for injured undocumented workers.
|Florida||Yes, but with some exceptions*|
|Georgia||Yes, if the undocumented person cannot return to work due to injury*; No, in cases when the alien cannot return to work because of their illegal immigration status, but not due to injury*|
|Michigan||Yes for medical benefits, but not for temporary or permanent lost-wage payments*|
|Nebraska||Yes, No but solely for vocational rehabilitation benefits (if applicable)*|
|* Special conditions apply. Check with an attorney about your eligibility.|
Even if your state does offer coverage, it’s smart to check with an attorney specializing in workers’ compensation to verify that you’ve got a valid claim and the ability to make one. In fact, all attorneys in the LegalASAP network will meet with you free of charge to discuss your options.
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