In North Carolina, almost all workers are entitled to benefits for injuries on the job under the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act. This piece of legislation grants broad coverage for individuals employed in various occupations throughout the state. However, does the Workers’ Compensation Act cover individuals who have illegal immigrated into the United States?
Under N.C. Gen. Stat. § 97-2(2), the term “employee” means every person engaged in an employment, including aliens. This means that unlike many other states, North Carolina fully supports any illegal immigrants to the United States in their effort to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits for an injury in the workplace.
Although North Carolina does recognize illegal immigrants as having a right to collecting Workers’ Compensation benefits, this does not mean that an illegal immigrant will not bring unwanted legal attention on their illegal status by filing a Workers’ Compensation claim. As such, an individual who is an illegal immigrant should know the implications when attempting to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits.
If you or someone you know has been injured while at work, you should Contact Us for a free Workers’ Compensation consultation. By contacting an experienced Worker’s Compensation attorney, you will receive valuable legal advice and an experienced guide through the complex Worker’s Compensation process.
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James Minick is a criminal defense attorney in Asheville, NC and is the owner of Minick Law, P.C.