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Are undocumented workers eligible for workers' compensation?

Undocumented workers in Georgia are entitled to benefits from workers' compensation if they are injured on the job. However, language, transportation and other difficulties can keep some workers from receiving the benefits they need and deserve.

Learn more about the rights of undocumented workers who suffer job-related injuries.

  • You are entitled to free medical care services for job-related injuries. In some cases, you can receive both transportation and translation services for medical appointments.
  • You are eligible for income benefits if your treating physician states that you should not work due to your injury. You are also entitled to income benefits if your doctors say you can return to light-duty work but your employer is unable to accommodate your work restrictions.
  • It is illegal for your employer to fire you in retaliation for filing a workers' compensation. If your employer threatens to fire you following a work-injury, contact an attorney.

It's important to report your work injury immediately to a supervisor. You could lose your right to workers' compensation benefits is you fail to report your accident within 30 days. To protect your job, you should not miss work without a doctor's written excuse, or argue with your doctor or your employer. Instead, seek legal advice about your options.

Skibiel Law in Jonesboro and Atlanta offers a free initial consultation to answer your questions about workers' compensation for undocumented workers who are injured on the job.

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