An accident at work can be traumatic and painful. If you or a loved one have been injured on the job, it is important to protect yourself and talk to an experienced workers compensation attorney in Massachusetts. The workers’ compensation process is complicated. One error can result in denial of claims, denial of treatment, or termination of employment. If you have contracted an illness at work, or sustained a workplace injury, our workers’ compensation attorneys at the Bellotti Law Group, P.C. can help. We have over 38 years of expertise in dealing with workers’ compensation cases. Each of our workers’ compensation attorneys are well prepared to help clients and their families receive the compensation they deserve after a work-related injury. Contact us today at 617-225-2100 for a free consultation.
How Does Immigration Status Affect Your Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
Under the Workers’ Compensation Act, illegal aliens and green card holders are considered covered employees. As long as there is a valid contract of hire, a worker is deemed an employee. In Brambila v. Chase-Walton Elastomers, Inc., 11 Mass. Workers’ Comp. Rep 410 (1997), the Reviewing Board found that an individual classified as an illegal alien was still entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits, despite misrepresenting his status in order to be hired. While the contract can be voided on the basis of misrepresentation of the employee, the contract wasn’t voided, and was therefore valid at the time of the injury.