Undocumented workers are employed throughout the country in jobs in a wide variety of industries. Sometimes, these undocumented workers get hurt. When this happens, a question arises: is an undocumented worker entitled to workers’ compensation coverage? This question is one that is addressed in each individual state, since each state throughout the U.S. has its own workers’ compensation laws.
While state laws can differ, the general trend has been to allow undocumented workers to get benefits. Just recently, Safety News Alert reported that the Supreme Court in Mississippi had considered the issue and found undocumented immigrants should get benefits if they get hurt at work. The same is generally true in Georgia. This means if you get hurt, regardless of whether you are a legal U.S. citizen or not, you should contact an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer in order to obtain benefits for your on-the-job injury.