If you have a workplace injury that makes it difficult for you to perform your job and earn a living, you might be able to receive worker’s compensation. You can use workers’ compensation to cover medical bills and lost wages.
In addition, you do not need to be a United States citizen to file for workers’ compensation. Immigrant workers, including undocumented people, can receive workers’ compensation in New Jersey.
Support for workers
Workers’ compensation can cover a wide range of work-related medical conditions. For example, if you fall at a worksite and have a serious injury that interferes with your ability to work, you might be able to get workers’ compensation to help cover expenses. Repetitive motion can also cause pain and disability. Workers in restaurants, warehouses and offices may experience repetitive strain injuries. In addition, a harmful work environment can lead to health problems. Workers who handle hazardous materials or work outdoors might encounter environmental harm. Workers’ compensation can help you pay for treatment and make up for lost wages.
Injured workers have options for receiving support regardless of immigration status. You can still use workers’ compensation in New Jersey if you are not a citizen. Although it is not lawful for employers to knowingly hire undocumented people, people who lack legal documentation and experience job-related injuries have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. Employers cannot deny you workers’ compensation based on your immigration status. Also, your employer legally cannot report you to immigration officials in retaliation for seeking workers’ compensation after an injury.
Injured workers deserve support if they experience harm on the job. In addition, immigrant workers, even those with undocumented status, have the right to file for workers’ compensation.