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Workplace Injury Frequently Asked Questions

WARNING: All of the information provided here is of a general nature only. The specific facts of your case may require a completely different answer. Do not base any decision with respect to your case solely on any of the answers found herein. Prior to making any decision with respect to your case, you should speak with a competent attorney who is familiar with the laws that relate to your case.

I am in this country illegally, but I got hurt on the job. Am I still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits?

Yes. Under North Carolina Law, you are entitled to all workers’ compensation benefits, the same as an American citizen. Some people, U.S. Citizens, get aggravated when they hear this; however, it is our experience that most of the companies that hire these immigrants are well aware of their illegal status. Many of them work in very dangerous jobs.

We believe that when a company knowingly hires an illegal immigrant, and they get hurt on the job, the law should not allow the company to simply toss that employee aside. The Legislature in North Carolina agrees with us on this point—that is why they are entitled to benefits.

The only major difference with illegal immigrants relates to vocational rehabilitation; however, that is beyond the scope of our discussion here.

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Elizabeth City, NC 27907

If you are looking at this site, you or a loved one has probably been hurt. If that's true, you've come to the right place. Helping people who have been hurt is what we do. In fact, it is all we do. Joe Miller Law is a law firm concentrating exclusively on representing people who are injured by the carelessness of others or those hurt on the job. We provide the highest quality legal services to people who have been seriously injured. We practice Personal Injury law and Workmens' Compensation law in both Virginia and North Carolina.