Can Undocumented Immigrants Pursue Personal Injury Claims?

In a word: Yes.

When undocumented immigrants suffer a personal injury in California, there is often hesitation as to whether to report the injury and seek financial compensation from the at-fault parties.  Any hesitation, regardless of reasoning, when filing a personal injury claim can decrease the financial compensation an injury victim can receive.  For many undocumented immigrants, hesitation stems from fear making themselves and their immigrations status known to any entity related to law enforcement, including personal injury attorneys.

The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth would like to reassure undocumented immigrants who have suffered an injury through no fault of their own: immigration status cannot be legally considered for any California civil matter related to personal injury or wrongful death.  Immigration status cannot be used as evidence and defendants and their attorneys are not allowed to investigate the immigration status of a plaintiff.  Undocumented immigrants do not have any additional burden of proof and do not receive less compensation.

See the relevant California law here.

Undocumented immigrants who have suffered injury should not hesitate to begin the personal injury claim process.  Whether the victim of a car accident pursuing an at-fault driver, the victim of a slip and fall pursuing a business owner, or the victim of a dog bite pursuing the dog’s owner, all injury victims have the same rights in California.  Undocumented immigrants can pursue any injury claim without fear.

The Law Offices of Scott Warmuth helps the victims of personal injury seek medical treatment and financial compensation for their injuries.  Our team of personal injury legal professionals will never ask about our injury clients’ immigration status.  However, the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth also provides high-quality immigration legal services.  We can always connect our clients with our immigration team upon request, which will not affect a personal injury claim in any way.  All personal injury and immigration initial consultations are 100% free with no obligation.  Call 888-517-9888 today!

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